Atlantic Ballet Company is easing on down the road toward its premiere of “Rainbow Connection” Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Camden-Rockport Middle School, 34 Knowlton St.

Choreographed by ABC directors Michele and Heather Cox, this dynamic jazz-ballet version of the classic story of “The Wizard of Oz” brings to new life the character of Dorothy and those three well-remembered sidekicks, the Scare Crow, Tin Man and Lion; Tutu, Atlantic Ballet's Toto in a tutu, is Dorothy's faithful companion.

Their first stop, hosted by good witch Glenda, is a colorful place the ABC directors refer to as Munchkin Mayhem, peopled by little, giggling, hoop-skirted Munchkins joined by red-headed, polka-dotted Lollipop Guild and the Cupy Doll-like Lullaby League. They celebrate Dorothy's house falling on the Wicked Witch of the East by dancing around an authentic maypole … until the shocking arrival of her sister, a punk rock version of the Wicked Witch of the West.

“Rainbow Connection” promises to be a great family-viewing-length production with appeal for both the youngest members and the wisest members of the clan. Tickets are $14, $12 for children younger than 13 and for senior citizens. They are available at Reading Corner in Rockland, HAV II in Camden and Opera House Video in Belfast; and at the door, as long as they last.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or