THANKSGIVING MASS AT
SAINT MARY’S CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION WILKES-BARRE
Here is a great way for you and your family to start off your Thanksgiving celebration. Once again our dancers will be performing liturgical dances as part of this local church’s annual Thanksgiving Mass. Located at Saint Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 134 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. This beautiful service begins at 10:00 AM on Thursday, November 28th. This truly makes for a special holiday and brings home the message of what this day is all about. We hope to see you there!
THE JOAN HARRIS CENTRE’S
38th Annual Holiday Extravaganza
We invite you to join in the fun as our dancers present our Seasonal Showcase, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th at the Dallas Performing Arts Center on the campus of the Dallas High School. The three fast paced shows are guaranteed to warm the hearts and sooth the souls of both young and old. Over 400 dancers from all across Northeastern Pennsylvania will participate in the weekend performances.
A tradition for families from around the region for the past 38 years, the Joan Harris Dancer’s Holiday Extravaganza serves as the perfect break from all the distractions that come with the season. The event is deliberately intended to capture the spirit of the holidays, and begins as soon as the audience enters the theater. The performance itself opens with a large production number that is sure to set the scene and never loses pace as the songs progress from traditional favorites to contemporary renditions of the music that defines this most magical time of the year
Tickets are just $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at the Joan Harris Centre’s campus in the Harris Conservatory in Luzerne. Curtain times for the Saturday performances are 1:00 and 5:00 PM and on Sunday the center will stage a matinee at 2:00 PM. For more information call 287-7977 or visit them on the web at www.joanharricentre.com.
THE MOSCOW BALLET’S
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The renowned company, The Moscow Ballet will be performing the classic Great Russian Nutcracker at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, December 17th as part of its 102 city international tour which will bring them to over 100 cities across North America. The Moscow Ballet features top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools. Set against Valentin Fedorov’s spectacular hand-painted backdrops and life-sized dancing puppets, the Great Russian Nutcracker delights audiences with a visual tapestry rich in detail and whimsy. It is especially distinctive for its unique setting of Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” and for the introduction of a new character, a Christmas Dove.
The Moscow ballet hired area choreographer and instructor Elisabeth Harris to serve as the regional coordinator and trainer for the production. Ms. Harris has been working with the Moscow Ballet since August of 2000. She personally has choreographed over 25 ballets and her students have performed with the Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet and the Tampa Ballet.
The production once again will be featuring local dancers in supporting roles. This past September, prima ballerina Olga Pasternak from the company visited the area and conducted auditions at the Harris Conservatory for the Arts. 93 regional performers (54 from the Joan Harris Centre) from ten area dance schools were cast in a variety of parts including, party guests, snowflakes, mice, angels and many of the variations of the famed Tchaikovsky work.
Acclaimed for exquisite dancing and gorgeous costumes, critics rave that Anatoli Emelianov’s Great Russian Nutcracker is “flawless,” “breathtaking,” and “dazzling.” Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical ballet to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a memorable holiday treat for everyone. The Great Russian Nutcracker will be staged at Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 PM at the F. M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. For more information visit the Kirby’s website at kirbycenter.org or call 570-826-1100