Former soloists with American Ballet to grace the stage in ‘The Nutcracker’ at St. John’s

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Carlos Molina
Carlos Molina
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Shrewsbury – Two former soloists with American Ballet Theatre and principal dancers with Boston Ballet will come to Shrewsbury to perform in MetroWest Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 22, at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. at Saint John’s High School, 378 Main St., in Shrewsbury. Erica Cornejo and Carlos Molina will portray the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier in this fully staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, which will also feature the talented local students of MetroWest Ballet and the pre-professional students of Integrarte.

Erica Cornejo
Erica Cornejo
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“I am so happy to be able to connect Carlos and Erica’s artistry to the communities outside of Boston,” explained MetroWest Ballet Director Jessica Wilson.

In addition to continuing their careers as a freelance artists, Cornejo and Molina teach and direct at Integrarte, a school located in Boston which the husband and wife co-founded.

“I have several students who have taken advantage of what Carlos and Erica are doing by supplementing their training with summer classes at Integrarte,” Wilson said. “I appreciate what they are offering, and it was a pleasure to invite their beautiful pre-professional students to perform in our production. Having Erica and Carlos perform, too, is just amazing.”

MetroWest Ballet, located in Hudson, has been presenting “The Nutcracker” since 2009. The full length production, based on E.T.A Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” includes beautiful sets, costumes and magical moments like snow falling on stage.

“The production will only be more magical with the guest artists and students from Integrate,” Wilson said.

Cornejo admitted her students “are very excited!” This will be the first time MetroWest Ballet has performed in Shrewsbury.

Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased through the MetroWest Ballet website at metrowestballet.com. For further information and information about group rates for organizations, call 978 567-8808.