Moscow Ballet presents 'Nutcracker'

Moscow Ballet's Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will feature a special 3 p.m. matinee performance Sunday at LeTourneau University's Belcher Center. The best of Longview's young ballet talent will perform side by side with the Russian professionals.

The magic of a fairytale holiday is coming to town, as Moscow Ballet's Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will feature a special 3 p.m. matinee performance Sunday at LeTourneau University's Belcher Center.

A dazzling tale from a faraway land of snow and ice, the Russian ballet company's performance is sure to engage audiences of all ages, with set designs created by Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague and new costumes created by designer Arthur Oliver.

Mariia Skoruk, ballerina and audition director for the Moscow Ballet, said the show features elaborate set design and choreography that will capture the imagination and spirit with a beautiful message of hope and peace for the holiday season.

"In Act I, people can expect to see a big Christmas performance, with a family party that includes lots of dancing and a huge Christmas tree that grows. From there, you are transported through the magic Snow Forest, where snow really falls (on stage)," she said.

The second act includes dances from across the world and a "Dove of Peace."

"The performance is dedicated to world peace," Skoruk said. "The ‘Dove of Peace' is made by two dancers working together, with each one wearing a 10-foot long feathered wing."

Not only does the show feature world-class dancers, but the best of Longview's young ballet talent.

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