Dressing up and taking a night at the theatre for a production of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for many; the costumes, choreography, music are captivating and enchanting for the whole family. With mischievous mice, a mysterious uncle, beautiful Clara, a heroic Nutcracker, and world class guest artists, tickets to the holiday favorite sell out quickly each year. And this December, the experience is returning to St. Augustine with some new faces and overwhelming talent.
The Nutcracker is a magical holiday show that features, elegant costumes, custom-designed scenery, and skillful athletic dancing that will charm the entire family. The multi-generation cast of 85 members is a blend of local dancers and celebrities, performing alongside world class guest dancers. Dancing in the role of Clara is local dancer, Eléa Woodward, a 13-year-old student at Fruit Cove Middle School and the daughter of John and Virginie Woodward.
Keeping with their tradition of featuring world class artists in their annual production of The Nutcracker, Saint Augustine Ballet’s Artistic Director, Luis Abella, is pleased to announce the guest artists for the holiday favorite. Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra, will be dancing the roles of the Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy when the ballet classic is performed on Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th at 1:30p.m. and 7:00p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
“I’m really excited for our student dancers to work with Carlos and Jennifer and for our audiences to see such accomplished dancers on stage in St. Augustine,” says Abella. “We’re very lucky to have been able to book such high caliber dancers for our production this year.”
Kronenberg and Guerra were discovered by Edward Villella, the celebrated dancer, choreographer, and former Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet. “Over their years of brilliant careers, they became the face of Miami City Ballet; the extraordinary repertoire they achieved was remarkable,” Villella has said of the husband and wife duo.
The ballet returns to Lewis Auditorium on Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $30 with a $5 discount for ages 65 and over, and 12 years and under. Tickets are available for purchase at www.saintaugustineballet.com or by calling 855-222-2849.