Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida Celebrates 15 Years of Holiday Tradition with the Nutcracker Gala!

From December 9 through 23, 2012.

Photos by Patricia Laine and JoeyG Photography

Beginning with a gala event on Sunday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m., the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will once again journey to the Land of the Sweets, as their dancers 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 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 the other wonderful characters that light up the eyes of audiences of all ages during the holiday season.

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 p.m., 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 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 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”. For more information regarding any of the ’s shows, call 305.948.4777 or visit

Performance Schedule:

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
1700 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Sunday, December 9, 2012, 7:00 p.m. (VIP Gala at 6:00 pm)
Tickets: $82.50 (VIP), $47.50 – $52.50

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35.00

Parker Playhouse
707 NE 8th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Saturday, December 22, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 23, 2012, 3:00 p.m.    
Tickets: $15 to $35.00
Phone: 954.462.0222

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