Saint Augustine Ballet is pleased to announce the cast for their encore performances of Peter Pan. This classic story will be performed in Lewis Auditorium on Saturday, May 14th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00p.m. Tickets ($25 each) are available at www.saintaugustineballet.com or by calling 855-222-2849. Audience members are invited to join in the fun and come to the ballet dressed as pirates. The audience is also encouraged to bring jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter to donate to the St. Francis House Food Pantry.
The cast of Peter Pan is a multigenerational mix of student dancers, local celebrities and professional dancers. The role of Wendy will be danced by Harlow Hatin. Harlow is the thirteen-year-old daughter of Jodi Kotrady-Hatin and Joe Hatin and a student at Cathedral Parish School. She is a familiar face to audiences of Saint Augustine Ballet and has danced many roles for the ballet including the part of Clara in their 2014 Nutcracker. “I’ve loved all my roles so far, but my favorite has not been a lead. It was my role as the Mechanical Soldier in Nutcracker that brought me to fall in love with ballet,” explained Harlow. “I’m excited to be dancing the role of Wendy. It’s a character I’ve always enjoyed when hearing the story of Peter Pan. When I was young, I was a bit envious of her adventures, and especially of her flying abilities.”
Seventeen-year-old St. Augustine High School senior, Lily Clingan-Darack, has been cast as the meddling fairy, Tinkerbell. Lily is the daughter of Joel and Laurie Clingan-Darack. “The character of Tinkerbell excites me! Her character and role in Peter Pan is so unique from other roles I’ve danced. She’s more sassy, vivacious, and scheming. I’m very excited to play her onstage, it’s a ton of fun,” explains Lily. “Exploring different characters and learning new choreography always keeps me intrigued with the art of ballet.” Lily is also excited to be attending The Boston Conservatory as a BFA Dance Major in the fall of 2016. “I am thrilled and honored to be accepted into such a prestigious program, and with a scholarship as well!”
Cuban trained dancer Daet Rodriguez will be reprising his role as Peter Pan. Daet studied ballet at the prestigious National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana and later danced with Cuba's Ballet de Camaguey, and the Teatro Centro de Arte-Leon Febres Cordero in Ecuador. His dance career has taken him all over the world. He is currently the Artistic Director of Atlanta’s Georgia Ballet.
Local celebrity pirate, William “Mayhem” McRea, returns in the role as the nefarious Captain Hook. Also known as the Pirate Magician of Saint Augustine, McRea is an experienced Las Vegas entertainer and Pirate Magician in residence at the Saint Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum. McRea brings with him the pirate crew, St. Augustine Swashbucklers, who will greet the audience as they come to the theatre and be available for photographs in the lobby.
Tapping their way through Neverland as pirates will be Florida's premiere professional tap ensemble, Noise Complaint, led by lead dancer and choreographer, Jenne Vermes.
Adding to the fun will be the pre-show entertainment provided by pirates Dirty James (James Knowles), Sunnybritches (Linda Schwandt), and Captain Pointless (Tracy Schwandt) performing as The Rogues Tavern Band.
Other cast members include:
John: Sydney Leiser
Michael: Jake Karger
Governess: Shaylee Young
Mrs. Darling: Zoika Garcia
Mr. Darling: Luis Abella
Peter Pan’s Shadow and Crocodile: Markeith Douse
Smee: Emily Screnock
Tiger Lily: Grace Karger, Devin Mantei
Mermaids: Katherine Keller Batenhorst, Chrissy Keller LaMastus
Saint Augustine Ballet was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit 501(C)3 arts organization. Saint Augustine Ballet strives to involve community members of all ages in meaningful dance experiences, whether as a participating dancer or audience member. Visit www.saintaugustineballet.com for more information.