Atlantic Ballet Company’s 'Nutcracker' comes to opera house

Dec 02, 2019
Atlantic Ballet Company’s "Nutcracker" will be performed Dec. 6 through 8 in Camden.

Camden — Atlantic Ballet Company of P2P Dance Center celebrates its 20th year of performing a family-viewing length "Nutcracker" production for Maine's Midcoast schools and public audiences. A highlight of Christmas by the Sea weekend, "The Nutcracker" returns to the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 3 p.m.

"We are thrilled to introduce our guest artist, Cristian Koenig, to our 2019 Nutcracker audiences," said ABC Director Michele Cox. "[We're] honored to be on the agenda of the annual Christmas by the Sea tour."

Koenig is in his dancing prime and has received awards as a finalist in several international ballet competitions. He has performed as guest artist and soloist with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Hartford Ballet and Ballet International. Before becoming a freelance artist, Koenig was principal dancer at Milwaukee Ballet and Slovak National Ballet, among others. Koenig will dance the roles of soldier doll, Nutcracker Prince and the Cavalier in Act II Land of the Sweets. He will dance alongside Clara and ABC's little Angels, assist Chinese dancers in popping out of tea cups and partner with ABC's beautiful Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy.

The P2P Dance Center students come from all over the Midcoast area. "Throughout their years of training, they are prepared for and placed in the appropriate dances in the annual "Nutcracker" productions. Many of the Sugar Plum Fairies, Snow Queens and Claras began their training with P2P Dance Center from a very young age of three, four or five years old," Cox said.

Cox thanks the shop owners who sell tickets and help raise money for these holiday programs. Tickets are $18, $15 younger than 13/older than 64, and can be purchased online at BuyNutcrackerTickets.com. Tickets also at Planet Toys, Camden; Grasshopper Shop, Rockland; Opera House Video, Belfast; Townline Video, Warren; and Sherman’s Books, Damariscotta.

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