Saint Augustine Ballet’s Announces Guest Artists for 2015 Nutcracker

Orlando as Drosselmeyer
October 23, 2015

With a handsome prince, twirling flowers, mischievous mice, dancing dolls, a mysterious uncle, beautiful Clara, and a heroic Nutcracker, Saint Augustine Ballet returns to the stage of Lewis Auditorium  with their holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. The production will take place  on Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $30 with a $5 discount for ages 65 years and older, and 12 years and under. Tickets are available for purchase at www.saintaugustineballet.com or by calling 855-222-2849.

Saint Augustine Ballet’s seventh annual production of 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 is a blend of local dancers and celebrities performing alongside world class guest dancers.

Artistic Director of Saint Augustine Ballet, Luis Abella, recently announced this year’s  guest artists. Arionel Vargas, former principal dancer with the English National Ballet and international dance film star, will partner with Marize Fumero, a former member of the English National Ballet and current member of the Milwaukee Ballet, to perform the principal roles of the Cavalier and Sugar plum Fairy. Fumero and Vargas were both trained and graduated from the prestigious National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana.

Joining Vargas and Fumero onstage will be Orlando Molina, School Principal of the Georgia Ballet, in the role of Drosselmeyer, and Daet Rodriguez, Artistic Director of the Georgia Ballet in the role of Snow King.  Rodriguez and Molina, also graduates of the National Ballet School of Cuba, performed extensively around the world as principal dancers before settling in the United States to teach and perform.

This year, audience members are encouraged to bring a canned good with them to the performances to help fill boxes that will be delivered to the St. Francis House Food Pantry for the holiday season. “Each year we have gifted tickets  to our homeless student population and this year we wanted to take our commitment  one step further.” explains St. Augustine Ballet’s Communication Director, Joy D’Elia. “ We’re also very excited that we’ve received a grant from the St. Johns Cultural Council’s State of the Arts License Plate Grants program that  will help us  reach even more students this year.”

Saint Augustine Ballet is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to creating dance opportunities for students of dance and appreciative audiences.  Productions are made possible by sponsorships from St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Park, St Augustine Media, the St. Johns Cultural Council State of the Arts License Plate Grant, St. Johns Family Dentistry, Saltwater Property Group, Inc., VyStar Credit Union, and numerous local businesses and individual supporters.

Lewis Auditorium is located at 14 Granada Street in Saint Augustine. For more information about Saint Augustine Ballet visit www.saintaugustineballet.com.