‘Belle and the Beast’ in Camden, Belfast

Jun 01, 2018
The Beast (Doug Roth, left) and Gaston (Christopher Sprague) make their swords dance in Atlantic Ballet’s "Belle and the Beast.”

Dancers from Atlantic Ballet Company and students from its school, P2P Dance Center, will present "Belle and the Beast" Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St.; and Saturday, June 16, at 3 p.m. at the Crosby Center, 96 Church St., Belfast.

Choreography for ABC's original rendition of this classic tale has been created by Michele Cox, director, and Heather Cox, artistic director. All the leading characters in the Beast's castle will be played by Level II A and III dancers.

"These dancers will perform both classical ballet and modern ballet in point shoes. Jazzin' hip-hop is also being featured in our choreography," said the directors.

More than 70 dancers are being costumed for this story ballet, their outfits designed by the directors for both character expression and movement.

A wide range of ages is represented in this production. These dancers train at five locations: P2P Dance Center in Camden; Camden-Rockport Elementary School; Belfast Dance Studio; Waldo County YMCA; and the Hahn Center in Friendship. Among the youngest are the 3- and 4-year-old Dust Bunnies, who continually plague and frustrate Ms. Feather Duster; and the little wolves that frolic through the forest with Belle's father.

“Our lead dancers attend classes four days per week. They often attend dance productions or watch professional dance and are inspired by the artistry of professional performers,” said the directors.

In addition to the spring presentations, the company produces an annual “Nutcracker” production; and runs a summer Dance Your Dream program that culminates with an outdoor performance at the Camden Amphitheatre.

"Belle and the Beast" tickets are $15, $12 for those younger than 13. General admission tickets are available online at belleandthebeast.org; and at Planet Toys in Camden, Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and Townline Video in Warren. Crosby Center tickets are available through EventBrite. Reserved orchestra seating at the opera house is 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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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