Great Russian Nutcracker in Aberdeen on Monday

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (Press Release) – Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is in more than 140 cities in the U.S. and Canada, with three simultaneously performing companies, from November 1 through December 30, 2019. The Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Aberdeen on Monday, Nov. 25, at the Johnson Fine Arts Center at Northern State University for one performance at 7 p.m. Get tickets at

All the world is on stage in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, a holiday tradition across the United States and Canada. Featuring the best traditional and innovative artists on stage and behind the scenes, an international team presents the Moscow Ballet Gift of Christmas Tour. Fanciful flying puppets created in South Africa include the Dove of Peace, the Firebird and the new Peacock, with a tail opening eight feet across to majestically reveal its vibrant colors. Theatrical designer Valentin Fedorov, prodigy of the Bolshoi Theater’s acclaimed Valery Leventhal, creates the 12-foot-tall dancing Unicorn, Elephant, Bull and Bear puppets. A European style Toy Theatre and rod puppets, which foretell the ballet’s story, were created in Prague, a city with centuries long history of puppetry. From St Petersburg, the birthplace of Russian ballet, come Moscow Ballet’s period-perfect costumes and hand-painted sets created by Wes Anderson concept designer Carl Sprague. A Russian Troika Sleigh accompanied by Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and a Hurdy Gurdy man, with dancing ballerina as an ornamental touch, are a couple of the finishing touches of the holiday ballet. Three companies of 36 award-winning Russian ballerinas and danseurs each, and Ballet Masters hailing from Moscow, Kyoto and Odessa, combine to create unforgettable performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Audiences are invited to share in the international celebration of imagination and harmony this holiday season.