New Year Adventures of Masha and the Bear

Saturday, January 11, 2020

10:30 am - 1:00 pm

McGlohan Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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Have you ever heard of a mischievous and a quick-witted girl named Masha and her best friend the retired circus star Mishka the Bear? Whether you know them or not, they want to meet you! And guess what – they are coming to meet you in Charlotte, with all their friends, just in time for our traditional Russian-Speaking New Year’s Matinee aka “Utrennik” (and just when you thought you’re already done with all the New Year celebrations). But do not spill the beans… This is our little secret!

Dear friends, please welcome Masha, Mishka the Bear, and their many friends in our Carolina’s annual Russian-Speaking New Year’s celebration. To answer the most common question – yes, you can feed Mishka! He loves honey and Russian perogies. Some of these and other traditional Russian food items will be available at the show for sale, however based on our last years’ experience – the supplies do not last long, so come in early!

The event is mostly performed in Russian language with the English play scripts available for all of our guests, who do not, (yet!), speak Russian. The event includes a pre-show where every child (or a group of kids) would have an opportunity to meet the Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz, Santa’s distant cousin) and his granddaughter (Snegurochka the Snowmaiden), and make a performance of his/her choosing, in English, Russian, or any other language – Ded Moroz and Snegurochka are true multi-lingual! Typical examples include a small song, a poem, or a dance. The doors open at 10AM and the pre-show starts shortly after and lasts for approximately 40 minutes. The main performance starts at 11 AM and consists of a 40-50 minutes play followed by a children’s concert done by the greater Charlotte’s schools of art, language, and music.

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