Nutcracker Ballet - Savannah (GA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER: CHRISTMAS STREAM
Get your digital ticket for Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Christmas Stream
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Streaming in Savannah this Christmas

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream

Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’t miss this celebration!

Moscow Ballet’s Usual Venue In Savannah: The Lucas Theatre

This year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is streaming in Savannah, directly to your living room! In a regular year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performed the Lucas Theatre, 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.

Past 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.