-JOY D’ELIA, TOMMY BLEDSOE
With mischievous mice, a mysterious uncle, the beautiful Clara, a heroic Nutcracker, and world class guest artists, tickets to Saint Augustine Ballet’s performances of the holiday favorite sell out quickly each year.
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.
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.
Special guest artists, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra, will be dancing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier. “I’m 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 Luis Abella, Saint Augustine Ballet’s Artistic Director. “We’re very lucky to have been able to book such high caliber dancers for our production this year.”
Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg, born in Queens, New York, trained at the School of American Ballet before joining Miami City Ballet in 1994 as an apprentice. She rose to the rank of principal dancer, a position she held from 2001 to 2016. She has been featured numerous times in Pointe Magazine, DanceView Times, Dance Spirit Magazine and is also the author of the book, “So, You Want to be a Ballet Dancer”. She has been called a prima ballerina in the best sense of the term with fleet footed spins and aristocratic phrasing and line. Kronenberg is married to fellow dancer and partner, Carlos Miguel Guerra.
Carlos Miguel Guerra is a native of Cuba where he began his training at the Professional School of Ballet and Plastic Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. Guerra was a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet from 2003 until 2016 where he performed most of the lead male roles in their repertoire. Guerra is a virtuosic dancer known for his dazzling spins, lifts, and dynamic partnering. Most recently, Guerra was the recipient of the 2015 Miami Life award in the category of “Best Male Ballet Dancer” for his portrayal of the title role of Romeo in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.
New to the role of Drosselmeyer is Marcial Ibarra. Ibarra was born in Cuba where he received his Diploma as a Dancer/Teacher from the Cuban School of Ballet. He has performed around the world before settling in the United States to teach and perform.
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. Lewis Auditorium is located at 14 Granada Street in Saint Augustine. For more information about Saint Augustine Ballet visit www.saintaugustineballet.com.