Young people competed for the honor of appearing in the production of ''The Great Russian Nutcracker'' during auditions held at Meridian's Temple Theatre.
Master classes were also offered Tuesday with an instructor associated with the internationally acclaimed dance company.
"Maria is visiting Meridian this week to instruct the dance, children's auditions, for the Moscow ballet, ‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ and she will make the 60 placements for The Great Russian Nutcracker," said local dance coordinator, Gina Sharman.
Rehearsals began Tuesday for the presentation, slated for Monday, Dec. 6 at the Temple Theatre.
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