Nutcracker Ballet - Savannah (GA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Lucas Theatre for the Arts
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 7:00 pm
T: 912.525.5050

The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Savannah Friday, December 20

Moscow Ballet brings the Gift of Christmas Tour to Savannah with Great Russian Nutcracker performances bringing holiday magic to life and creating unforgettable memories for all ages. The company performs at the Lucas Theatre on Friday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. 

Moscow Ballet makes Christmas gift giving easy with the holiday performance that delights all ages…from the life-sized Kissy Doll to the fierce, red-eyed Rat King; and the Russian Troika Sleigh bringing Masha through the Snow Forest to the Land of Peace and Harmony which is populated with 10 foot tall dancing puppets, exotic flying birds and dancing couples from the world’s five great heritages.

Host Studio: The Ballet School

The Ballet School (TBS) specializes in Classical Ballet and Traditional Character Dance. Founder and Artistic Director Heidi M. Carter and the faculty are dedicated to the art of Ballet and find great joy in watching students flourish in talent and self-esteem. The Ballet School's main goal is to bring a professional quality of dance to all students. TBS offers the largest Adult and Boys Programs in the area! Classes include Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique U.S. and Pilates Barre Fusion. A native of Savannah, Heidi began her classical training with Ruth Goodman's Danse Theatre of Savannah in 1964.  She was accepted in The Savannah Ballet Guild at eleven years old and continued her studies under Hilda de la Guardia from Ballet Nacional de Cuba.  In 1979, Heidi opened The Ballet School while continuing to teach and perform with the Savannah Ballet. Heidi studied and performed with artists from NYC Ballet and ABT, including Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, Heather Watts, Kathleen Haigney, Kim Hightower, Daniel Duell, Peter Frame and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  She also studied with David Howard, Robert Weiss, Edward Villella, John-Pierre Bonnefaus, Karena Brock, Robert Joffrey, Hector Zaraspe and Robert Barnett. The reopening of The Ballet School took place November 2009 with 35 students and has flourished with over 300 dancers to become one of the most respected and sought after schools in the region.

About The Lucas Theatre

The Lucas Theatre was built in 1921 by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. Howell designed theaters across the country and Lucas owned more than 20 theaters throughout the South, though the Lucas Theatre in Savannah is the only one to bear his name. Built primarily as a movie palace, the theater also incorporated a stage for road shows. With the advent of television and the population shift to the suburbs, the theater era began to wane. It was used as a dinner theater and comedy club. But none of the ventures was successful, and the building was slated for demolition more than once.

In 1986, with the theater once again threatened by the wrecking ball, a group of citizens pooled their resources, bought the building and created the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Inc. They began a 14-year campaign and completed a $14 million restoration. Supported by donations from Savannah residents and such celebrities as Kevin Spacey and the cast and crew of "Forrest Gump," the Lucas had a grand reopening in December 2000. The theater’s future is now assured by a relationship with the Savannah College of Art and Design. Many events bring now more than 1,000 people per week.