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Eloise Marie Valadez

The Auditorium Theatre recently marked a monumental anniversary in its history.

"A Golden Celebration of Dance" was held Nov. 12 at the majestic venue. It marked the 50th anniversary of The Auditorium Theatre's reopening in 1967.

"This is an amazing opportunity for our patrons to experience an incredible array of top-tier performances over the course of one unforgettable night," said Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, CEO of The Auditorium Theatre.

Castroverde Moskalenko welcomed guests that evening and thanked them for their support of the venue.

On stage that night were dancers representing some of the premiere companies in the world. Featured were dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, MOMIX, New York City Ballet, Parsons Dance, San Francisco Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, The Washington Ballet and Youth America Grand Prix.

Among highlighted dances were "Tarantella," "The Swan," "Caught," "Takademe" and the "Don Quixote Pas de Deux."

Various styles of dance were showcased during the event. A pre-concert gala was presented as well. Honorary gala co-chairs were dancer Edward Villella and Suzanne Farrell. Villella was in attendance for the event.

It was Villella and Farrell who performed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the New York City Ballet during the re-opening concert in 1967 at The Auditorium Theatre.

Among upcoming shows at The Auditorium are "Ella & Lena: The Ladies and Their Music," on Friday. Visit

'Christmas Carol' to begin

It's only a few days before The Goodman Theatre brings its holiday classic to the stage.

"A Christmas Carol" will be presented Saturday to Dec. 31 at the acclaimed downtown theater. Larry Yando will once again star as Ebenezer Scrooge in the play. Yando has performed the role for 10 years. Henry Wishcamper will also direct once again.

The beloved holiday tale will have a special sensory-friendly performance on Dec. 30 for families with members who have autism or other social, cognitive and physical challenges. The show will be presented in conjunction with Autism Speaks-Chicago. Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" range in price from $25 to $112. Call 312-443-3800.