Holiday classic 'Nutcracker' shown Thursday
Nov. 12, 2004
KALAMAZOO--One of the best-loved ballets, "Nutcracker," is the final installment in the fall schedule of the Russian Film Series at Western Michigan University. Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in the title role of the 1977 made-for-television version of the holiday classic, shown Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Room 1021 of Brown Hall. The Russian Film Series is free and open to the public.
On Christmas Eve, after a day of festivities, a young girl on the verge of growing up, sleeps and dreams about the transformation of her toy soldier into a handsome prince, his battle and victory over a wicked Mouse King, beautiful puppets, a giant Christmas tree and a kingdom of sweets. The music is by Peter Tchaikovsky. This version of the story is performed by the American Ballet Theater and runs 78 minutes.
The Russian Film Series is sponsored by the Russian Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and by the Russian Club, a registered student organization at WMU.