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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2014  
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 7:00 pm alt
Lakeland Canter Youkey Theatre  

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Lakeland, FL!

altMoscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will be at Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre on Tuesday, December 30th at 7:00 PM.

Exclusive to the Great Russian Nutcracker is the stunning Dove of Peace, with 20ft wingspan, and created by 2 dancers moving as one; Russian folk legends Father Christmas/Ded Moroz and Snow Maiden/Snegurochka who escort Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony; life-sized Matrushka Dolls; and whimsical 10ft tall silk puppets. New in 2014 is an authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha’s magical Toy Cabinet. Wearing intricately detailed costumes, many with shimmering Swarovski crystals, the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet bring Tchaikovsky’s master score and the holiday season to life!

Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts; call 800-320-1733. For VIP and single tickets call Youkey BO 919-684-4444 or go to  

Magda’s “Wish of a Lifetime” come true at Youkey Theatre

Magdalen (Magda) Goodrich, 96, of Clare Bridge Place in Lakeland, FL is a dedicated mother of 7 children with a passion for the performing arts. She has dedicated the majority of her life to raising her children and Magda has always had a love for the performing arts and a secret desire to be a ballet dancer. Magda was a drum major, played the piano and organ, a clown as well as a belly dancer. The fulfillment of her wish has brought Magda’s family together to honor her life. Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale are excited to provide Magda with tickets to The Nutcracker at Lakeland’s Youkey Theater.

Magda Goodrich’s Wish of a Lifetime came true at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker perofrmaance where she went backstage to meet the dances and saw the performance from VIP seats too. Brookdale Assisted Living Community, Youkey Theatre and Moscow Ballet combined to make Magda’s wish come true on December 30.

The Wish of a Lifetime was founded in 2008 by two-time Olympic skier, World Cup gold medalist, entrepreneur and former NFL player Jeremy Bloom in living honor of his grandmother. To date, Wish of a Lifetime has granted nearly 1000 Wishes in every state. The fulfilled Wishes are highly unique but can be categorized into 4 types of experiences: Renewing and Celebrating Passions, Reconnecting Loved Ones, Commemorating Service, Fulfilling Lifelong Dreams.

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2014 Performances!

The experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. Former Somerville NJ Gotta Dance student Hillary-Marie Michael, now director of Jersey Tap Fest, says, “From start to finish … it is an excellent way for dancers to understand both the discipline and fun involved in a professional ballet production.”

Highland School of Dance (HSD) in Lakeland was opened in 1974 by Jane Coyle. The objectives and standards have always been to give the best dance education possible while instilling high moral standards to be used all through life and to enjoy the freedom that dance brings while learning the discipline that it demands. HSD's former students have gone on to dance in college and professionally. Students have attended, performed with, founded, and been employed by Disney World in Florida and Japan, Ballethnic, Butler University, Busch Gardens, Chicago Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Conservatory, Deeply Rooted Production, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, Lines Ballet, Martha Graham Foundation, Moving Current, Moving People Dance Theater, New World School of the Arts, Point Park University, Redwall Dance Theatre, River North, Southern Ballet Theater, Southern Methodist University, and University of South Florida, as well as appearances in Broadway productions. For more information call (863) 644-4124.

"Heart-warming whimsy."
Arkansas Democrat Gazette

altThe Youkey Theatre is named for Robert Youkey, former Lakeland, FL city manager, and is known as the centerpiece of the Lakeland Center complex. The complex was established in 1974; the Youkey was renovated and other parts of the complex expanded in the mid-1990s.

Today, Lakeland Center, namely its Youkey Theatre, hosts a variety of events including stage performances (dance, plays, etc.), sports, conferences, community events, concerts, and more. Youkey Theatre is home to the complex's annual Broadway and Entertainment series as well as the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.


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