Before we moved to Florida, our family attended the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas event almost every year. It was such a special day. We all got dressed up, went to the matinee, and then went out for a special dinner. My girls still talk about it. We haven’t really found anything similar since moving here, but I think that is about to change.
This year, we are attending Moscow Russian Ballet’s performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg.
Families everywhere love Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Your family will create memories that last a lifetime.
The Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its dedication to world peace with Act II named the “Land of Peace and Harmony.” The first scene of Act II features a stunning “Dove of Peace” with a 20′ wingspan, danced by two dancers each with one feathered wing. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!
Take a look at some of what you will experience at this phenomenal show:
- Over 200 romantic costumes
- 10 feet tall animal puppets
- Shimmering, colorful backdrops with 3-D effects
- Life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls
- A puppet show foreshadowing the Nutcracker Story at the opening Christmas Party
- A golden cannon shoots roses
- An authentic Russian style Troika Sleigh, known as the fastest sleigh in the world
- Father Christmas (Ded Moroz)
- Snow Maiden (Snegurochka)
The reviews from last year were fantastic:
“A Christmas tale from a faraway Land of Snow and Ice,” New York Times, Brian Seibert, 2014, Real beauty… precise dancing…well-trained cast.”
“Bortiakova’s…endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great…Whimsical sets and giant animal stick puppets and Arthur Oliver’s colorful costumes brightened the stage,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, Steve Sucato, 2014
Your family will want to celebrate the holidays year after year by seeing the Great Russian Nutcracker! See where the Ballet is performing near you and get your tickets before they are gone!