Don't let the unusually warm weather fool you. Christmas will be here sooner than you think and it's not too early to get tickets for "The Nutcracker" by the St. Augustine Ballet.
This will be the seventh year the ballet company will perform "The Nutcracker" at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium.
The cast is a blend of local dancers and celebrities performing alongside world-class guest dancers. This year's guest artists include Arionel Vargas, former principal dancer with the English National Ballet and international dance star. Vargas will partner with Marize Fumero, a former member of the English National Ballet and current member of the Milwaukee Ballet to play the principal roles of the Cavalier and Sugar Plum Fairy. Orlando Molina, school principal of the Georgia Ballet will perform the role of Drosselmeyer and Daet Rodriguez, artistic director at the Georgia Ballet, will perform the role of Snow King. All four guest artists were graduates of the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana.
The first and only time I saw "The Nutcracker" live was in Milwaukee in 1994. Jeff and I were newlyweds still living in Wisconsin and to me it seemed normal for him to go to the ballet with me when I asked him. It wasn't long before I realized it was a near-miracle that he took me and he would never go again. The first clue was when he fell asleep during the show. Ah - the honeymoon ends so quickly!
Nonetheless, it was a magical show for me. The beautiful ballerinas and the strong men who lifted them into the air mesmerized me. The incredible festive scenery was fascinating. To this day I still love nutcrackers and put a rather large one out on the front porch of our home at Christmastime.
I've loved ballet since the first time I attended one in the mid-1980's. At one time I thought I'd like to come back as a ballerina in a future life. Oh to have the grace and shape of a ballerina! It turned out quite a few of the women I knew wanted to come back as ballerinas also.
But I digress - back to the article.
Tickets are $25 to $35 and are available for four performances, 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM December 19 and 20. There is a discount of $5 for seniors age 65 and older and children 12 and under.
To purchase tickets call 855-222-2849 or go to saintaugustineballet.com
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