Flagler College hosts St. Augustine Ballet’s “Peter and the Wolf”
A blue bird. A yellow duck. A boy named Peter. A wolf.
“Peter and the Wolf,” a ballet performance for all ages, returns to the stage by Saint Augustine Ballet on Saturday, May 21 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. Performances will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at saintaugustineballet.org.
“Peter and the Wolf” was previously staged in May 2012 by the Saint Augustine Ballet at the Kirk Memorial Auditorium on the campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
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“We are thrilled to be able to stage this ballet again 10 years later in our wonderful community,” said Luis Abella, CEO and Founder of Saint Augustine Ballet. “We are thrilled to share these performances with our audiences near and far.”
Local dance students from St. Johns, Duval and Flagler counties are featured in the show, led by Abella.
Special guest Daniel Hilbert, an attorney with Canan Law in St. Augustine, is the narrator. Hilbert is known for his podcast, “Things I Love,” on the 904 Now app, in which he interviews local business owners and nonprofits.
Guest artist Patricia Garcia from Santamarina Roca plays the wolf. A professional ballet dancer and instructor, she was born in London in 1995, then attended the National Ballet School of Cuba from 2005 to 2013. She became a member of the National Ballet of Cuba, directed by Alicia Alonso, from 2014 to 18 , performing in productions such as ‘Giselle’, ‘Don Quixote’, ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Nutcracker’, among many other dance productions.
From January 2019 to July 2021 she was a member of Acosta Danza in Havana, Cuba. She recently joined the Saint Augustine Ballet as a dance teacher in the fall of 2021, and served as choreographer and assistant director for the Nutcracker production, while dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Act 1 features “Peter and the Wolf”, a “symphonic fairy tale” by composer Sergei Prokofiev. The ballet features a narrator and a young boy named Peter who lives with his grandfather in a small country house surrounded by meadows, a pond and woods. Peter’s three best friends are a little bird that has a nest near Peter’s house, a duck that likes to wade in the nearby pond at the edge of the woods, and a mischievous cat that constantly chases its own tail! It’s the perfect ballet for all ages.
Act 2 presents “The Don Quixote Suite: The Dream”, a ballet based on episodes from the famous novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote has an enchanted dream about beautiful young girls in which the image of Kitri symbolizes his Dulcinea.
Tickets are $35, $45-$50, available at saintaugustineballet.com or by calling 855-222-2849. The ballet is offering free tickets to all St. Johns County teachers and school district personnel; email [email protected]
Founded in 2021, The Saint Augustine Ballet is a non-profit performing arts organization that provides performance opportunities for dancers in St. Augustine, St. Johns County and surrounding areas. For more details, visit saintaugustineballet.org.