New Year Adventures of Masha and the Bear
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 childrens’ concert done by the greater Charlotte’s schools of art, language, and music.
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Directions & Parking
A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
7th Street Station Parking Garage
Enter on 6th or 7th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets.
*The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.
GETTING AND USING YOUR PARKING PASS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
- Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*
WHEN YOU EXIT
- Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
- Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
- Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”
*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square seats 730 and has become a showplace for live performances.
Uptown’s only historic theater, McGlohon Theater was originally the First Baptist Church sanctuary. The venue was carefully restored and opened in 1980. With its stained glass windows and Byzantine dome, this historically designated space makes each event a memorable experience. McGlohon Theater features the orchestra (stage) level and the balcony level.
The theater is named in honor of the late, legendary jazz pianist Loonis McGlohon of Charlotte.