SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Thanksgiving weekend, the Skowhegan Opera House will host Bossov Ballet Theatre's (BBT) annual performance of the Nutcracker.
Each year, BBT's performance of the Nutcracker is widely attended. With this year's shows in Skowhegan, BBT Executive Director Colonel Michael Wyly believes the event will be a positive addition for Skowhegan businesses.
Colonel Wyly shares, "We hope that people come to shop and dine, as well as to see the show."
As a seasonal favorite, BBT expects significant attendance from the greater Maine area. Community members and Nutcracker cast members' families alike will come to Skowhegan for the weekend and patronize Skowhegan businesses. The Bossov Board of Directors will also be in attendance, visiting from Georgia, Florida, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
BBT attracts dancers from around the state who commute to the studios, as well as dancers from around the country and the world who are residential students at Maine Central Institute (MCI). Past Nutcracker casts have featured dancers from Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Uzbekistan. From the U.S., dancers boarding at MCI this year represent Connecticut, Massachusetts,Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Alabama, and elsewhere.
Dancers from Bossov Ballet Theatre performing the Nutcracker
This season's Nutcracker performances will be held at the Skowhegan Opera House at 225 Water Street, Skowhegan. Shows are Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Waterville Opera House Box Office by telephone, (207) 873-7000, and on their website, www.operahouse.com. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children under 12 and seniors 62 and over. Performance details are available online at www.bossovballet.com.
Established in 1996, BBT recently celebrated its 15th year as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Pittsfield. BBT is named after Andrei Bossov, the company's first and current artistic director. Andrei is a skilled professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He was a soloist in the Kirov Ballet Company, an extremely prestigious and renowned dance company in Russia that was formerly known as The Imperial Ballet of Russia. After his 20-year career with the company, Andrei toured the U.S., dancing and choreographing numerous performances and teaching hundreds of pre-professional dancers.
Honoring Andrei's Russian heritage, the theatre strives to promote the best attributes of both Russian and U.S. cultures. Good citizenship, discipline, personal conduct, decorum, and excellent physical strength and stamina are but some of the traits BBT works to instill in their dancers. BBT offers year-round, as well as summer intensive programs for serious dancers.
With a cast of international dancers and original choreography by Andrei Bossov, BBT's production of the Nutcracker is theatrical, entertaining, and a great family event.
For more information about the Nutcracker performances or BBT's programs, visit www.bossovballet.com.
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