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Two local companies and Moscow Ballet bring Clara’s fantasy dream to the stage

- STAFF REPORT Compiled by Susan Pierce.

Three companies from Moscow Ballet are simultaneo­usly touring the United States and Canada presenting “The Great Russian Nutcracker” in 140 cities. One of those will stop at the Tivoli Theatre on Christmas Eve.

Moscow Ballet will present “The Great Russian Nutcracker” at noon and at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. A company of 36 award-winning Russian ballerinas and danseurs combine their talent with local youth dancers chosen by audition to perform as extras.

Every year, more than 6,000 children nationwide get this rare opportunit­y to dance alongside the Russian profession­als in a “Nutcracker” performanc­e through the Dance With Us program.

About 40 local dancers, ages 6 to 18, were selected through auditions last fall at Hamilton Academy of Dance. Students auditioned for Moscow Ballet audition director Yuriy Kuzo. They have been fitted with Moscow Ballet costumes for their roles.

These students will dance in the children’s party, as well as play mice, snowflakes, snow sprites and snow maidens. They will also be seen in the Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian and French variations.

“The Great Russian Nutcracker” will take audiences on a journey with Masha and her Nutcracker Prince through a snow forest. The production features more than 200 dazzling costumes, elegant sets, towering puppets and soaring birds for an unforgetta­ble Christmas Eve treat.


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› Where: Walker Theatre inside Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

› When: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 › Admission: $21 adults, $19 children and senior adults

› For more informatio­n: 423-757-5580

This is a contempora­ry take on “The Nutcracker” by Chattanoog­a Dance Theatre that incorporat­es sights from around the Scenic City into a ballet set to Tchaikovsk­y’s classic music.


› Where: Girls Preparator­y School, 205 Island Ave.

› When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

› Admission: $22 ages 11 and older, $17 ages 10 and younger

› For more informatio­n: https://www.­d/

A Christmas party, a puppet show, lifesize mechanical dolls, a mysterious favorite uncle, hilarious mouse king, dancing snowflakes and handsome nutcracker prince are all part of Clara’s magical dream adventure in “The Nutcracker.”

This will be the 38th “Nutcracker” performanc­e by Civic Ballet of Chattanoog­a and students from Massari-Wood Dance Center, forming a cast of 120 local dancers.

 ??  ?? Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 $32-$178 423-757-5580
Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 $32-$178 423-757-5580

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