at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
The Ballet Spooktacular is a treat at The Kate!
Enjoy family-friendly fun at the Kate with Eastern Connecticut Ballet on Oct. 21-22. The third annual “Ballet Spooktacular” at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut is an early Halloween celebration for both children and their parents.
Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) will present four performances on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22. The curtain rises at the Kate at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
Dancers and audiences alike are in the spotlight for the “Spooktacular” since children — and many of their parents to — attend in their favorite costumes. Girls and boys parade onstage after the show, then trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for photographs with the dancers.While treating the audience to creative fun, the program also showcases the art of dance and timeless classical music. The performances demonstrate the high level of training that ECB offers to its students.
The “Spooktacular” kicks off with several short ballet works that capture the spirit of Halloween. Artistic Director Gloria Govrin and Associate Director Krystin Dixon choreographed these three works, especially for the event.
“We’ve created a new tradition at The Kate, and children absolutely love it,” says Govrin, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet.
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” relates the tale of a little boy who gets in over his head when playing with magic spells. The lively classical score was made popular by a scene in Walt Disney’s animated film classic, “Fantasia.”
“Dancing Bones” features dancers as glow-in-the-dark skeletons, but the work is more fun than frightening. The hauntingly beautiful “Halloween Waltz,” with dancers draped in long white veils, was inspired by the music of Camille Saint-Saëns.
The shows sold out early last year, so reservations are encouraged. Tickets ($20 adults; $14 for children age 12 and under) are available from The Kate box office at 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, by phone 877-503-1286 or online at http://katharinehepburntheater.org.