Nutcracker Ballet - St. Petersburg (FL)

Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm
T: 727.300.2000

The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Tampa Bay's St. Petersburg December 26 and 27

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg in Tampa Bay! 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 St. Petersburg for family and friends today!

About The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in St. Petersburg! The Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts first opened as part of the Bayfront Center entertainment complex in 1965. It is a 2,031-seat venue that also features European box-style seating as well as a ballroom space. The theater has hosted various performances, such as the Florida Orchestra, Riverdance, and several traveling Broadway tours, and is a supporter of the Class Acts program, which allows St. Petersburg-area children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances and in-school programs. The Mahaffey will soon present Kenny Rogers, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Martina McBride, among others.

St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Area Ballet Partnership: Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Florida children from Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy. For 40 years, Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy (MJPAA) has been a leader in the Tampa Bay area specializing in dance, acting, voice and music education. Their distinctive combination of performing arts curricula and professional compassionate faculty provides students an edifying experience while developing friendships and a lifelong appreciation of the arts. Under the tutelage of Artistic Director Mary Jo Scanio, the Academy has grown to incorporate education in all areas of the performing arts and has emerged today as one of the finest training facilities in the southeast region. MJPAA is founded on the belief that arts education is character education, instilling the discipline, self-confidence, creativity and life lessons necessary for students to succeed in any path they choose. The Academy has been home to over thousands of aspiring artists, many who are currently enjoying careers in the performing arts as entertainers, choreographers and educators.

Mary Jo Scanio takes the reigns as Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio in St Petersburg/Tampa Bay following the Judith Lee Johnson Dance School which was a Moscow Ballet Host Studio since the earliest North American tours in the 1990’s. The longest continuously operating studio in St. Petersburg, Johnson’s School is one of the best-known dance schools in Florida with more than 40 years of guiding scores of dancers into America's most prestigious ballet companies including three dancers invited to the New York City Ballet.