Nutcracker Ballet - Hattiesburg (MS)

Historic Saenger Theater
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 3:00 pm
T: 601.584.4888

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

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 4 in Hattiesburg

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 Yuriy Kuzo arrives in Hattiesburg Tuesday, September 4,  at 4:00pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker. 

Danseur Yuriy Kuzo 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 Host Studio South Mississippi Ballet Theatre, 5180 Old Hwy 11 Hattiesburg, MS 39402. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday, November 11, 3:00pm matinee at the Historic Saenger Theater.  Buy Tickets

South Mississippi Ballet Theatre, located in Hattiesburg, was founded by Arkadiy and Katya Orohovsky. The founders continue bringing high quality ballet to South Mississippi. The school strives to build a love of the art from each dancer who walks into the studio to each person sitting in our audience. South Mississippi Ballet Theatre is so pleased to participate with the Moscow Ballet, where their students perform alongside renowned Russian ballerinas and danseurs.

About the Historic Saenger Theater

On Thanksgiving Day in 1929, it cost only six cents for admission to the Historic Saenger Theater movie palace in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Today, the 997-seat Saenger has become a celebrated fixture in the heart of historic downtown, surrounded by an array of award-winning, locally owned restaurants, all within walking distance.

One of only seven Saenger Theaters built and operated throughout the South by the Saenger brothers, Abe and Julian, the theater was designed by New Orleans architect Emile Weil and is an example of Neoclassical Revival style and Art Deco style. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In 2000, a $3.75 million renovation was completed, restoring much of the Theater’s grandeur. Its original 778-pipe Robert Morton Pipe Organ is one of the few remaining organs of its kind in the United States and is a centerpiece for the theater. To experience the elegant historical ambience for yourself, visit the Saenger Theater for an upcoming production.