Walton Arts Center announces the return of The Moscow Classical Ballet’s The Nutcracker. There will be four performances in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall; Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 pm. Tickets range from $29 to $39 and can be purchased by calling our Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

The Moscow Classical Ballet is one of the few remaining ballet companies supported by the Russian Government. According to The New York Times, "The troupe boasts a cluster of phenomenal young dancers... and its corps performs in an uncluttered, streamlined style." Regularly performing at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow, they have also performed in more than 30 countries around the world. They have toured their production of The Nutcracker every year for ten years.

This brilliant troupe has won more than 15 Gold Medals from international competitions and three prizes at the Paris Academy of Dance. Recently, the company was granted the title of "Academic Theatre" by the Russian government, a prestigious title only granted to a few top Russian ballet companies.
Auditions were recently held for children ages 6-10 to be part of the show. 12 local children were chosen to participate in all four performances of The Nutcracker. Though formal dance training was not a requirement, many of the children take lessons at studios across the region; including BAKstage Dance Co., Williams Center, and Elite Dance Studio.

Local Performers include:
Alizabeth Grace McGinnis
Anna Caroline Johnson
Avery McFadden
Brooklyn Bradley
Ella Grace Cotton
Gracie Hollis
Julia Ragon Watts
Lawson Hooker
Rylee Ann Adams
Sloane Pitts
Wryn Pitts
Zoe Hahn

For more information about these performances, please contact the Walton Arts Center Box Office by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.