Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Celebrates 15 Years Of Holiday Tradition With The Nutcracker Gala 12/9/12

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Celebrates 15 Years Of Holiday Tradition With The Nutcracker Gala
7695395262_1498d27e36_cSunday December 9th at 7:00 pm
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Sunday, December 9, 2012, 7:00pm (VIP Gala at 6:00 pm)
Tickets: $82.50 (VIP), $47.50 – $52.50
Phone: 305-673-7300

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th street
Aventura, FL 33180
Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $35.00
Phone: 954-462-0222

Parker Playhouse
707 NE 8th Street,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Saturday, December 22, 2012, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 23, 2012, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15 to $35.00
Phone: 954-462-0222 

For more information regarding any of the season’s shows, visit, or call (305) 948-4777

Beginning with a Gala Event, the company of the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will once again journey to the Land of the Sweets, as they perform the traditional annual audience favorite, The Nutcracker.  This holiday ‘chestnut’ depicts the tale of a young girl, Clara, on Christmas Eve and the adventure she undertakes when her most cherished Christmas present, a nutcracker, comes to life. Together they battle the Mouse King, travel to the Land of Sweets , enjoy festivities with delicious international treats, and finally travel home.
Company members of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida are exceptionally excited about this year’s performances of The Nutcracker and are proud to give life to the roles of the Sugarplum Fairy and her cavalier, the Nutcracker Prince, the Marzipan dance, the Snow Queen and all of the other wonderful characters that light up the eyes of all ages of audiences during the holiday season, to celebrate Arts Ballet Theatre’s fifteen years of bringing affordable and exquisite ballet to South Florida!
There will be three venues showcasing the critically acclaimed performances of Vladimir Issaev’s holiday tradition – the stages of the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and The Parker Playhouse of Fort Lauderdale. The company is most excited about the opening gala celebration performance at the Fillmore/Gleason, which will truly celebrate the company’s fifteen years of making holiday magic. For VIP Patrons, the December 9th Gala will begin at 6:00 pm, with tapas and libations, a reception with the international corps of dancers, and chances to bid on silent auction items that range from donations from Tiffany’s, to weekend getaways at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, followed by the grand opening performance of the holiday season.
The principal roles in The Nutcracker will be commanded by Arts Ballet’s own delicious international treats – Jun Tanabe, Kaori Fukui and Miu Yamauhi and Takayuki Asai from Japan, Breeana Flannery from Australia, Lillian Hill of Ft. Lauderdale, Kelvin Rabines from Peru, DeeDee Rosner from North Carolina, and Hernan Montenegro from Chile with additional dancers from Japan, Cuba, France, Venezuela and Chile completing the rest of the cast.
Issaev’s engaging choreography preserves the Russian tradition, with music of P.I. Tchaikovsky, yet serves as an alternative to those who already have seen Balanchine’s version and every year the production is enhanced, adding special effects like falling snow and a growing Christmas tree, which enchant children and adults, making each year a ‘new’ experience for returning audiences.
Engage in the holiday gift loved ones will always cherish. Don’t miss the opportunity to share the excitement and charm of the great tradition of the holidays with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida during their extraordinary performances of "The Nutcracker."

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida receives funding from Miami Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Broward County Cultural Division, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Miami Salon Group, Funding Arts Broward, Citizens Interested in Arts, Target and Marlin Foundation, The Miami Childrens Trust to support a professional season of performances and community outreach events in Miami-Dade County for the 2012-2013 season.

Photos by JoeyG photography.

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