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Wilkes-Barre, PA


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

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


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!


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

Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Olga Aruwill be present to select 60 student dancers 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 Dance City Productions FL.

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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