at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook
Ballet Spooktacular is a Treat at The Kate!
For children who just can't wait for Halloween, Eastern Connecticut Ballet's Spooktacular serves up a mix of "BOO-tiful" dancing, clever costumes, and a chance for young audiences to be a part of the fun. ECB's family-friendly celebration returns to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts center in Old Saybrook, CT for five shows this fall: Saturday October 19 at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, October 20 at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m.
Offering new treats both on and off the stage, the Spooktacular performance combines bewitching ballet, classical music, and special effects. This year ECB has added two new works, both choreographed by Artistic Director Gloria Govrin.
Frolicking Fossils will be performed to music from Saint-Saëns' popular Carnival of the Animals. Bugs and Butterflies, a dance with a creepy-crawly theme, is set to a melody from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer's Night Dream.
Returning to the stage will be the haunting Halloween Waltz and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the tale of a novice wizard with a malfunctioning wand. Guest Choreographer Krystin Dixon's Dancing Bones will feature life-size, glow-in-the-dark skeletons. No need to fear, however: the phantasms are fascinating, not frightening.
Children are invited to wear costumes to the event (and their parents, too, if they dare). Trick-or-treating through the decorated theater, a parade across the stage and photo opportunities with cast members will follow the program. (So if you've got it, haunt it!)
Audience members beware: last year's Ballet Spooktacular was a sell-out, and tickets are likely to perform a disappearing act once again. Tickets are available from The Kate box office at 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, by phone 877-503-1286 or online from katharinehepburntheater.org