Atlantic Ballet Company’s new stage adaptation of “The Tin Solder and Paper Ballerina” will be presented Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

The timeless tale of heroic love and perseverance, fashioned after Hans Christian Andersen’s “Steadfast Tin Soldier,” comes to life in a production performed by Atlantic Ballet and members of P2Pdance. The story begins at a birthday party, where a young boy is given a most marvelous present — an extraordinary toy tin soldier.

When the toy soldier spies another present, a beautiful paper ballerina, he is immediately enchanted. She notices him too. But an evil jack-in-the-box spoils their happiness when, in a fit of jealousy, he thrusts the tin soldier into a dangerous and mysterious world filled with goblins and mischievous rats. Only the vision of his beloved ballerina can save him, as he fights for his freedom against overwhelming odds.

Tickets are $16, $12 for children and senior citizens. General seating balcony tickets can be purchased in advance at HAV II, Camden (236-6777); Wild Rufus Records, Belfast (338-1909); and the Reading Corner, Rockland (596-6651). For reserved seats on the main floor, call Michele Cox at 236-2395.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to