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‘Russian Nutcracker’ returns to Powers

Area student dancers will join professionals from the Moscow Ballet for a performance of “The Great Russian Nutcracker” at Powers Auditorium.

Moscow Ballet’s annual tour of the holiday ballet will be seen in more than 140 cities in the Unites States and Canada with three different performing companies touring simultaneously.

The touring troupe of 36 dancers will be joined by students from Jordan School of Ballet in Cortland, and production elements draw from talent worldwide.

Fanciful flying puppets were created in South Africa — the Dove of Peace, the Firebird and a new Peacock with a tail opening eight feet across. Theatrical designer Valentin Fedorov, a prodigy of the Bolshoi Theater’s Valery Leventhal, creates the 12-foot-tall dancing Unicorn, Elephant, Bull and Bear puppets.

A European-style toy theater and rod puppets were created in Prague. The hand-painted sets were created by Carl Sprague, set concept designer for the musical “La La Land” and a frequent collaborator with film director Wes Anderson.

This is the 27th anniversary of the Moscow dance company’s North American tour with the ballet choreographed to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl who receives as a Christmas gift a Nutcracker that comes to life and takes her on a fanciful journey.

“The Great Russian Nutcracker” will be staged at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets range from $39 to $175 and are available at the DeYor box office, online at www.youngstownsymp hony.com and by calling 330-744-0264.

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