Nutcracker Ballet - Detroit (MI)

Fox Theatre
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 12:00 pm (noon)
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 8:00 pm

The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Detroit Sunday, December 22

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre in Detroit! 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 Detroit for family and friends today!

Musical Wunderkind in Detroit: Violinist Miles Goedert and Regina High School Choral Ensemble

Miles Goedert is a 17-year-old student at the International Academy of Bloomfield Hills in Michigan. He plays piano, viola and cello. He is studying piano under the direction of Joseph Jackson of the Detroit Opera House, as well as studying viola under the direction of Jacob Traines. Goedert was honored with performing some of his original compositions at the Michigan Music Education Association Competitions for three consecutive years. Primarily, he writes and notates for piano and strings, but he has composed for other instruments as well. Goedert recently completed a viola concerto, consisting of a Prelude and three movements and has been the principal violist with the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony since freshman year. He attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for six years and has played in Europe through an exchange program. Last summer, he attended a composition workshop at Oberlin Conservatory. His plans for college are to dual major in Music Composition and Chemistry.

The Regina High School Choral Ensemble, based out of Warren, Michigan, is an all-female, by-audition-only, select choir ranging in age from 14 to 18. The ensemble offers students the opportunity to learn and perform more difficult music, represent Regina throughout the community with a variety of performances, and compete in high school music competition. Under the direction of Eleonore Ellero, The Regina Choral Ensemble has performed in and around Metro Detroit, appearing at the Fox Theater, Holiday Nights at the Henry Ford, the City of Warren Tree Lighting, Detroit's Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights, and the Detroit Athletic Club, to name a few past locations. Regina's Choral Ensemble has also performed at Walt Disney World in Florida.

About the Fox Theatre

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Detroit! The Fox Theatre was constructed in 1928, as the first movie palace in the world to be equipped with sound systems for films. It presented feature-length films, shorts, orchestra performances, and later hosted some of the biggest names in showbiz history—Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Shirley Temple—as well as the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Today, the Fox Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as an exquisite backdrop for a variety of live productions, including another renowned Christmas show—Moscow Ballet’s incredible, critically acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker.

Detroit Ballet Partnerships: MDM Dance Project and Performer's Edge Dance Company

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Detroit children.

MDM Dance Project Director Mark McCleese has been teaching for 12 years and dancing for 20. Mark was the head of the Dance Department at the Center Stage Studio Performing Arts Studio in California. He has judged several dance competitions including Showbiz and Primetime over the last decade. His students have placed first overall at many competitions and he has also won many choreography, costume and special awards. Mark has taught master classes at many studios throughout the United States and has performed professionally in many shows including Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Deborah Alrutz has been dancing for over 50 years and teaching since the early 80s. She taught ballet in Wisconsin and Michigan and has taught with Mark since they both began with Andrea Redman Dance Academy (now MDM Dance Project). 

Performer's Edge Dance Company (PEDC) is an award-winning dance studio that offers both performance and competitive programs.  PEDC provides a family-friendly environment with professional instruction that together teaches strong dance technique, responsibility and commitment.  Their passion for the arts instills dedication, focus, discipline and self-esteem in every dancer, every day! PEDC is the only area dance studio that offers Chorus Line instruction and participates in many local parades – they even have a former Radio City Rockette on staff!