The Camden-based Atlantic Ballet Company of P2P Dance Center will perform its original creation of the storybook classic "Cinderella" Sunday, June 18, at 3 p.m. in the lovely Victorian Camden Opera House on Elm Street/Route 1.

Appealing to family audience members of all ages, this fairytale jazz/ballet will be presented by close to 60 local dancers who train with Michele and Heather Cox at their P2PDance Center studios in Camden, Belfast, Rockport and Waldoboro.

"We treasure each and every dancer who walks into our studios to train. Many of our teen and adult dancers began their journey at P2P Dance Center at the age of 3, 4 or 5 years old, including Jane Cummings, who dances the lead role of ‘Cinderella,’ said Michele Cox.

Dancers ranging from 3 years old through adult will be performing roles such as the lovely Cinderella and Prince Charming; the eccentric stepmother; and the semi-talented stepsisters. The most comical scene tells the story of a dance teacher visiting Cinderella’s home in a futile attempt to teach the two stepsisters how to dance, in preparation for the upcoming ball.

Cinderella's fairy godmother has a magical menagerie of butterflies and bluebirds. Mice, grasshoppers, doves and horses are among the favorite dances in the production. The animal roles are performed by young students who participate in Petite Ballet, Junior Ballet and jazz; and three progressive levels of ballet technique.

The highlight of the show is the duet between Cinderella and Prince Charming. Accompanied by the exciting music of Prokofiev, the couple performs difficult partnering moves, culminating in overhead lifts and multiple precision pirouettes.

General seating tickets are $16, $14 for senior citizens and children younger than 12, available at Planet Toys in Camden; Grasshopper Shop in Rockland; Maine Coast Book Shop in Belfast; Townline Video in Warren; and Opera House Video in Belfast. Reserved seating available by calling Michele Cox at 542-9205.

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