Nutcracker Ballet - Savannah (GA)

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GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Lucas Theatre for the Arts
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Moscow Ballet And SCAD Drawing Minors Announce Drawing Contest and Exhibition

Moscow Ballet's Fine Art program in partnership with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) created a student exhibition featuring drawings of Moscow Ballet Danseur Mykhailo Shcherbakov who visited during the fall of 2019. SCAD and Moscow Ballet are expanding a collaboration of several years promoting the artistry of SCAD drawing students using Moscow Ballet’s danseur Mykhailo Shcherbakov as subject. Danseur Mykhailo Shcherbakov performed as the Nutcracker Doll and Brother Fritz in 2019's Great Russian Nutcracker. The exhibit was featured at SCAD’s Anderson Hall November 6, 2019 to January 16, 2020. 

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About The Lucas Theatre

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Savannah! The Lucas Theatre was built in 1921 by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. Howell designed theaters across the country and Lucas owned more than 20 theaters throughout the South, though the Lucas Theatre in Savannah is the only one to bear his name. Built primarily as a movie palace, the theater also incorporated a stage for road shows. With the advent of television and the population shift to the suburbs, the theater era began to wane. It was used as a dinner theater and comedy club. But none of the ventures was successful, and the building was slated for demolition more than once.

In 1986, with the theater once again threatened by the wrecking ball, a group of citizens pooled their resources, bought the building and created the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Inc. They began a 14-year campaign and completed a $14 million restoration. Supported by donations from Savannah residents and such celebrities as Kevin Spacey and the cast and crew of "Forrest Gump," the Lucas had a grand reopening in December 2000. The theater’s future is now assured by a relationship with the Savannah College of Art and Design. Many events bring now more than 1,000 people per week.

Savannah Ballet Partnership: The Ballet School

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Savannah children from The Ballet School. The Ballet School (TBS) specializes in Classical Ballet and Traditional Character Dance. Founder and Artistic Director Heidi M. Carter and the faculty are dedicated to the art of Ballet and find great joy in watching students flourish in talent and self-esteem. The Ballet School's main goal is to bring a professional quality of dance to all students. TBS offers the largest Adult and Boys Programs in the area! Classes include Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique U.S. and Pilates Barre Fusion. A native of Savannah, Heidi began her classical training with Ruth Goodman's Danse Theatre of Savannah in 1964.  She was accepted in The Savannah Ballet Guild at eleven years old and continued her studies under Hilda de la Guardia from Ballet Nacional de Cuba.  In 1979, Heidi opened The Ballet School while continuing to teach and perform with the Savannah Ballet. Heidi studied and performed with artists from NYC Ballet and ABT, including Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, Heather Watts, Kathleen Haigney, Kim Hightower, Daniel Duell, Peter Frame and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  She also studied with David Howard, Robert Weiss, Edward Villella, John-Pierre Bonnefaus, Karena Brock, Robert Joffrey, Hector Zaraspe and Robert Barnett. The reopening of The Ballet School took place November 2009 with 35 students and has flourished with over 300 dancers to become one of the most respected and sought after schools in the region.