Moscow Ballet

Moscow Ballet

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Kearney, NE


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

Moscow Ballet Presents Great Russian Nutcracker in Kearney, NE!


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.

Local Audition Information  Coming Soon for Moscow  Ballet's 2015 Performances!


About 60 student dancers will be selected to perform side-by-side with the professional company of 40 Russian dancers. Students are cast in ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Applicants must be between 7 and 16 years old, have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. The experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. “The payoff at the end of the rehearsals is the opportunity to be part of Christmas magic, to dance under shimmering lights with award-winning Russian dancers against exquisite hand-painted sets. It’s great for the kids. They get to dance in a professional production,” affirms Margaret Engle of Charlottesville Ballet School.


"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.


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