"The Nutcracker" returns to Folsom Dec. 26-29. Courtesy photo

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‘The Nutcracker’ will enchant

By From page B1 | December 18, 2013

“The Nutcracker” brings people together to enjoy the holidays, especially in the upcoming staging by the esteemed Moscow Classical Ballet. The company will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale of family and the magic of Christmas at the Harris Center for the Arts Dec. 26-29.

The stor follows Masha (Clara) who’s given a nutcracker (a prince) for Christmas and, in her dreams, takes audiences on and adventure during which the prince must save Masha from the Mouse Prince and Mouse Queen and the two travel to the beautiful and enchanting land of Sugar Plums.

About The Moscow Classical Ballet
For 46 years, Moscow Classical Ballet has performed in more than 30 countries around the world. Winner of more than 15 Gold Medals and three prizes from the Paris Academy of Dance, the company has toured “The Nutcracker” in the United States annually for the past 19 years to sold-out houses.

Igor Moiseyev started the company in 1966, and today The Moscow Classical Ballet is one of three state ballets supported by the Russian government. Most recently, the company was granted the title of “Academic Theatre” by the government.

The company’s original productions have brought them recognition as innovators and allowed it to develop new forms of choreography, as it worked to find a new language in dance joining classical traditions and modern elements. A number of outstanding contemporary performers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Irek Mukhamedov, Irina Kolpakova, Ekaterina Maksimova, Aleksander Godunov, Vladimir Malakhov, Galina Stepanenko, and Stanislav Isaev have appeared in the company’s best productions.

Dates and details
The Moscow Classical Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will perform at Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26; 1 p.m on Friday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28; and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29. Tickets are $29 to $49 with premium tickets ranging from $59 to $65. Purchase them online at harriscenter.net or from the ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.

Thee Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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