Nutcracker Ballet - Columbia (MO)

Performances
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts- Jesse Auditorium
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:00 pm
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
T: 573.882.3781

The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Columbia Wednesday, December 11

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Jesse Hall in Columbia! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic as you and your loved ones journey with Masha and her Nutcracker Prince through the Snow Forest. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the family tradition perfect for all ages! Celebrate this cherished Holiday experience set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and create memories that will last a lifetime. Get tickets in Columbia for family and friends today!

About the Jesse Auditorium

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Columbia! Jesse Hall was named in honor of Richard H. Jesse, the University President until 1908. The west wing housed the library, and the east wing housed an auditorium for “entertainment and erudition.” The Auditorium, as it was called prior to 1922, served many purposes on the campus. It played host to everything from spirit rallies to lectures to debates to theatrical productions. Many well-known orators of the day lectured here, including William Jennings Bryan (Jan. 13, 1900) and Amelia Earhart (Oct. 17, 1936).

In the 1950s, shortly after condemning the balcony due to concerns about the wooden timbers, the fire marshal advised the university to come up with a better plan. The result is the Auditorium known today, which is not only the largest performance venue at the University of Missouri but also the largest in Columbia. The Auditorium attracts first-class performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris and Maya Angelou, just to name a few. The Auditorium hosts more than 200 events a year, many of which are presented by University academic, staff and student groups.

About Host Studio: School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Columbia children from School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet. The mission of the not-for-profit School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is to cultivate the artistic and personal development of all students by providing a supportive environment of dance study which motivates and inspires. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s vision is to develop the skills of the student both professionally and artistically by introducing both traditional and innovative dance technique. This vision is supported by two fundamental principles: continual growth and the pursuit of excellence. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is guided by the strategic ideals of Missouri Contemporary Ballet; providing education, promoting involvement in the arts, and enriching the community. These goals require hiring the highest caliber instructors, developing a competitive yet supportive class structure, and retaining students dedicated to the study of dance. Attaining the vision requires diligence, creativity, confidence, and fortitude from staff, instructors, students, and supporters.