The Moscow Ballet presents the "Great Russian Nutcracker" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

This acclaimed ballet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky, captures the joys of a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic, promoters say.

With an ensemble of world-class artists, the performance offers a memorable spectacle of stunning sets, more than 200 dazzling costumes, towering puppets and soaring birds.

The show’s producers also invited area children to perform in the role of the mice and the candy, said Betty Allan, director of the Fritz Auditorium, 3475 University Ave. on the UND campus.

This year, young dancers from the Fargo area will be performing in the show, she said.

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The Moscow Ballet’s "Great Russian Nutcracker" has played in Grand Forks every year since 2015, as well as performing 12 times since 2004, Allan said. Its last performance was in November 2018.

“It is pretty well attended,” she said. Some families see the show as one of their holiday traditions.

Tickets, ranging from $31 to $177, are available at the Fritz Auditorium box office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at

For more information, visit or call the box office at (701) 777-4090 or 800-375-4068.