Benedum Center for the Performing ArtsDecember 28, 2014 12:00 PM
719 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
This world-renowned production tells the story of a nutcracker who comes to life, taking its owner, Clara, on a fantastical journey through a magical world populated by the rose queen, sugar plum fairies and an army of evil rats. The enchanting tale is performed by companies large and small during the holiday season, as a beloved tradition. The spectacular dances and incomparable score by Tchaikovsky have cemented themselves in the hearts and imaginations of popular culture, enduring for decades as a classic.
During the early 20th century wresting was looked at as a serious sport with classical connections to Olympic competitions. This all changed, though, with the rise of World Wrestling Entertainment during the 80s. Rising to prominence under the guidance of CEO Vince McMahon, WWE presented wrestling as less of a sport and more of a staged entertainment event with colorful characters and elaborately planned title matches. Battles between WWE wrestlers are typically held in stadiums, packed with fervent fans, and are televised to audiences around the country. Theatrics and even pyrotechnics are employed to an ostentatious degree but all the lively visuals combine to make for some extremely engaging, exaggerated wrestling performances that fans continue to thrive on.
The University ofPittsburgh is a state-related research university based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that wasoriginallyfounded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787--making it one of the oldest continuouslyoperatedbastions of higher education in the United States. The Panthers are the athletic teams that compete for the school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.Though all of the school's teams have managed to carve out respectable reputations for themselves in their ownidiosyncratic ways, the university's wrestling and football teams have done much to distinguish themselves by winning several division champions.