Nutcracker Ballet - Galesburg (IL)

Orpheum Theatre
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Galesburg!

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Tuesday, September 18 in Galesburg

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Bogdana Кopiy arrives in Galesburg on Tuesday, September 18 at 4:30pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Bogdana Кopiy will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Dancers' Studio 503 North A Street, Monmouth, IL 61462. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at the Orpheum Theatre.

Dancers Studio is dedicated to providing a high level of technical training, while inspiring the love and appreciation for dance through exciting performing opportunities!  All students participate in two productions every year at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois. While not every student is interested in pursuing dance at a professional level, Arlene Smith believes in providing every dancer with a high level of technical instruction, regardless of intent. Her students have been accepted into summer dance intensives at the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Milwaukee School of Ballet, and Ballet Chicago, to name a few.  At the university level, her students have been accepted at elite dance programs such as the one offered by Butler University in Indiana.

About the Orpheum Theatre

Described as "a veritable house of enchantment" when it opened its doors on Monday, August 21, 1916, the Orpheum Theatre continues to be a place of beauty and a showcase for the arts in western Illinois. In 1915, William J. Olson, owner of the Gaiety Theatre at the corner of Cherry and Simmons Streets, engaged the prominent architectural firm of C.W. & George L. Rapp to break ground for the Orpheum Theatre. The Rapp brothers were making waves with their philosophy that a theatre should be "a shrine to democracy where the wealthy rub elbows with the poor."  Built as a vaudeville house, the Orpheum hosted many early stars of stage and screen, including Jack Benny, George Burns, and Houdini.

Today, the Orpheum continues to reflect its former glory, bringing to the stage a diverse blend of the finest entertainment including Mickey Rooney, Collin Raye, the Doobie Brothers, Glen Miller Orchestra, Bo Diddley, The Acting Company and the Russian National Ballet companies. The theatre is also home to many local performing arts and non-profit organizations that bring music, movies, dance and theatre to our stage.