Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ at Oakdale in Wallingford Dec. 2

November 28, 2017 GMT

Other versions of “The Nutcracker” are coming to state theaters this holiday season, but this one deserves special mention.

The 25th North American Anniversary Tour of the “Great Russian Nutcracker” (celebrating that and other ballets) is marked by a supersized show in Connecticut this weekend, say Moscow Ballet producers Akiva and Dan Talmi.

Featuring leading soloists from prestigious Mariinsky Ballet Theatre, Kiev National Theater, Perm Ballet Theater, Odessa State Academic Ballet Theatre and the Almaty State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the eastern version of three touring Moscow Ballet groups pulls into Toyota Oakdale for one show Saturday night.

Staging will include a 60-foot Christmas tree, seven backdrops featuring Russian heritage and 10-foot puppets. There will be 40 dancers and 100 costumes for each of the three tours performing the Christmas favorite, according to a news release.

Award-winning dancers due at Oakdale include Iryna Borysova and Veronika Hordina.

Toyota Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford. Saturday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. $78-$28. 203-265-1501.