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Kearney, NE


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Merryman Performing Arts Center  
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 7:00 PM alt

Moscow Ballet Presents Great Russian Nutcracker in Kearney, NE!

altTickets are now on sale in Kearney for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at Merryman Performing Arts Center on Thursday December 10, 7:00pm. 

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification. For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets call Merryman BO 308-698-8297 or go to

Moscow Ballet announces auditions for local student dancers to perform beside the pros in Great Russian Nutcracker!


Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Sat, Oct 10, 10:00am  for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcrackeron Dec 10 at the Merryman PAC.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio T'Dance School of Performing Arts, 1400 W A St, Hastings, NE 68901.

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 23rd year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers,” Calgary Herald, 2014. Register at Tickets and more info at

T’Dance School Of Performing Arts offers a high quality of dance education in a family atmosphere. The studio provides an environment that is supportive, encouraging and conducive to learning. The instructors are dedicated to the art of dance and attend annual training workshops and seminars to be able to bring the finest in instruction to their students. The studio believes in training the individual personality of each dance student and realizes that each student has chosen to be involved in dance for different reasons or goals. All  students are encouraged to have an enriching experience, and to learn discipline, dedication and responsibility as it relates to their dance education. T’Dance holds a large lobby area for families to pick up and watch their T’Dancers and 3 changing rooms! The T’Dance staff consists of ten passionate instructors and 10 eager dance assistants all with same the provide every child with a quality dance education in a safe and encouraging environment!

"The corps dancers are striking to see."
Charleston Today

altThe Merryman stage is a venue for more than 130 events each year. More than 62,000 people enter the beautiful Ron & Carol Cope Foyer to enjoy a Merryman season show, school music program, Kearney area concert, travelogue film, dance recital, choral program, wedding or church service in the Morris Family Theatre.

The Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center is unique. It is the only community performing arts center to be located in an active elementary school. The original building was built in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Ron and Carol Cope Grand Lobby, the Reception Hall and the Scott D. Morris Family Theatre echo the architectural design.Our purpose is to offer quality dance, music and theatre performances, educational events and workshops that will culturally reward audiences and participants.Our goal is to become an engine of creativity for area youth and a place of enjoyment and “affirmation” for the community.

Olena Naylvaiko chats with KHAS radio anchor about “Dance with Us” program for kids in Kearney


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