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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts  
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 7:00 PM alt

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Wilkes Barre, PA!

altTickets go on sale Saturday, June 6 in Wilkes Barre for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to F. M. Kirby Center Wednesday December 9, 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 Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 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 Mon, Oct 19, 5:30pm 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 9 at the F.M. Kirby Center.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio The Joan Harris Centre, 545 Charles St, Luzerne, PA 18709.

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 Olga Aru 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

The Joan Harris Centre is the largest performing arts school in northeastern Pennsylvania.  Students travel from five counties throughout the region to study with the school's professional staff.  Alumni from the school have gone on to work professionally on Broadway, across the United States, in the Caribbean and capitals of Europe.  In addition to working with Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, the centre produces a full-length ballet each spring. Some of the works that have been produced include The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Coppelia, and La Fille Mal Gardee.  The Joan Harris Centre is located in the Harris Conservatory for the Arts, a 20,000 square foot facility that boasts seven dance studios, performance area, gymnasium, dancewear outlet, karate dojo, music, guitar and voice schools and a children’s theater program. Find us on Facebook at Joan Harris Centre or call 570-287-7977.

"Steeped in Russian flavor."
New York Times

altThe F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts first opened in 1938 as the Comerford Movie Theater, featuring a variety of films from that era. Renamed the Paramount Theater in 1949, it continued to operate as a movie house until the late 1970s when it began hosting concerts and boxing matches. Although the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, it continued to deteriorate and was on the verge of demolition until the mid-1980s when it was saved and renovated thanks to public and private donations. Today, the Kirby Center hosts a variety of performances such as music concerts, theater productions, and dance productions; upcoming performances will feature Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, and Riverdance.


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