I love the Christmas season and everything that comes along with it! I love baking, decorating, the music, giving to others, and of course all of the live entertainment of my favorite classics. I was thrilled to attend the Moscow Ballet’s performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker!
Tchaikovsky’s classic score for this Christmas story opens with a “Miniature Overture” during which magical Uncle Drosselmeyer prepares his life-sized Christmas gifts for niece Masha and nephew Fritz at Mayor Stahlbaum’s family home later that evening. The music sets the fanciful holiday mood by using upper registers of the orchestra exclusively as the curtain soon opens to reveal the iconic Moscow city skyline and guests arriving for the Christmas Eve Party. Masha, little brother Fritz, and mother and father Stahlbaum celebrate the holiday with friends and family, when beloved godfather Uncle Drosselmeyer, arrives with his magical gifts…
The talent that these dancers have is amazing. They are all so well trained and executed the dances beautifully. The sets were gorgeous and so life like; they really brought the show together. My daughter and I have a huge love for dance. I loved seeing her face light up during the show. As I looked around the theater, there were tons of families, couples, young and old all enjoying the show. It was clear that the show was a hit. With a fun classic story, amazing dancers, and an overall stunning production, this is a must see!
I also loved the fact that the Moscow Ballet has a “Dance with Us” program. It includes partnerships with ballet studios in each tour city, which are carefully developed by Mary Gianonne Talmi, co-producer of Moscow Ballet’s North American tours. Moscow Ballet Audition Directors audition children in each city, rehearse with them for several days, and leave the local Host Studio to rehearse the children for 6 weeks prior to the performance. Studio owners are pleased to offer students personal exposure to the highly trained Russian dancers and to the professional performance experience.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tours the US all throughout the christmas season (November and December). Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is 2 hours long, including a 20 minute intermission. Latecomers will be seated 20 minutes after the performance has started. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket. I would recommend this show for 4 years of age and up due to the length. For more information on the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, click here.
I was provided tickets to this show by the US Family Guide Blogger Program in exchange for my review. As always, all opinion are 100% my own.