Date(s) - 30/11/2018 - 01/12/2018
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Mandeville HIgh School


Ballet Apetrei presents 30th Anniversary Nutcracker

November 30th and December 1st in Mandeville

Ballet Apetrei’s presents its 30th Anniversary production of the Nutcracker on November 30th at 7 pm and December 1st at 2 and 7 pm at the theater at Mandeville High School.  A fourth performance includes a 10:00 a.m. school performance on November 30th. The Nutcracker is performed under the direction of Ballet Apetrei’s long time Artistic Director, Kelly Fortier.

This year Ballet Apetrei announces three exciting guest artists who will be a part of this historic event.

The first guest artist is Lindsey Fitzmorris Salvadalena who will dance the role of the Sugar Plum fairy at all performances. Lindsey is currently the Artistic Director at Bay Area Ballet Conservatory in California. She is a Ballet Apetrei alumni and returns to Mandeville to be a part of the cast for the 30th Anniversary Nutcracker.

Donovan Davis will perform the role of the Nutcracker as well as the Cavalier. Donavan, a native of New Orleans, began his formal dance training with the New Orleans Ballet Association in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Department. For the upcoming season he returns as a company artist with the Marigny Opera Ballet.  This 30th Anniversary Nutcracker will have a new Battle Scene this year with choreography by Mr. Davis.

The third guest artist for the 30th Anniversary Nutcracker is Howard Merlin of Boston Ballet who is portraying Clara’s uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer. Mr. Merlin danced eight years with Boston Ballet before traveling and dancing internationally. He currently is the Costume Shop and Footwear Coordinator for Boston Ballet.

Members of the Ballet Apetrei Company who will dance alongside these guest artists include Ellen Breaux and Emily Farrow as Snow Queen.

Tickets go on sale November 5th at Pineapple Gallery in Mandeville and range in price from $10-$35. For more information, call the Ballet Apetrei studio at (985) 624-3622.


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