FALMOUTH, Maine — Nearly 50 young dancers from across southern Maine will take the stage Saturday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 22, as Maine State Ballet presents its version of “Hansel and Gretel.”
The show features an imaginative set, intricately designed costumes, and the hauntingly beautiful music of Engelbert Humperdinck’s famous opera. It tells the tale of a brother and sister who get lost in the woods and stumble upon a gingerbread house, where they must find a way to outwit the gingerbread witch before she outwits them.
This month’s performances represent another milestone for Maine State Ballet, as they will be the first shows held at the recently renovated theater in Falmouth. Seating capacity has been expanded from 115 to 140, and there are more spaces in the parking lot. Other upgrades include new chandeliers and crimson paint to match the stage’s velvet curtain.
“Having this beautiful theater in-house allows our dancers to perform several times a year,” said artistic director and co-founder Linda MacArthur Miele. She said the upcoming version of “Hansel and Gretel” is appropriate for all ages and all levels of interest in dance.
“Part of our mission is to educate and entertain the community,” she said. “One way we can do this is to continue to produce shows that are affordable and convenient for families.”
“Hansel and Gretel” will be performed at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at mainestateballet.org, or by calling 781-3587 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The public also can buy tickets at the Maine State Ballet offices, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth.
Maine State Ballet is recognized as one of the state’s leading performing arts institutions. Its two major components are the School for the Performing Arts, offering instruction in several dance styles to more than 500 children and adults; and the Maine State Ballet Company, comprised of more than 25 professional dancers who train and perform at many venues throughout the year.
Artistic director and co-founder Linda MacArthur Miele is a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and protégé of George Balanchine. Jonathan Miele, co-founder, is a former Broadway show dancer.