SOUTH COAST — Ballet Fantastique’s sparkling holiday tradition, "An American Christmas Carol," returns for 2017 with a special performance in partnership with MarLo Dance Studio of Bandon, and in Florence at the Florence Events Center.
Donna and Hannah Bontrager have re-imagined Charles Dickens’ beloved story in iconic post-WWII America with their original choreography set to the velvet voice of international chart-topping jazz singer — and Oregon sweetheart — Halie Loren. Retro-glam choreography fuses drama and humor as it weaves the story of penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformative quest.
Loren (double-nominated for multiple Independent Music Awards) sets the score with her winsome original arrangements of standards by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Actor Adam Goldthwaite joins the company as “Smokey Joe” Marley.
Bandon's performance will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at the Sprague Community Theater, 1202 11th St. SW. Tickets cost $20 for adults; $17 for children 18 and younger, in college with ID, or senior citizens. Tickets to the Bandon performance are available by calling 706-550-1416.
Presented at the invitation of MarLo Dance Studio Director Maria Merriam, the Bandon performance will include local ensemble dancers. Accelerated ballet student auditioned with Ballet Fantastique in October and selected dancers rehearsed in Bandon and Eugene and enjoyed the opportunity to perform with the company’s professionals.
For more information and online ticketing, visit marlodance.com.
The Florence performance will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. Tickets cost $24 for adults and $16 for children 18 and under, in college with ID, or senior citizens. Tickets are available by calling the FEC box office at 541-997-1994.
The full-length holiday themed ballet also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Hult Center, One Eugene Center, in Eugene. For ticket information, call the Hult Center Box Office at 541-682-5000.
Ballet Fantastique’s flagship American Christmas Carol is for the young and young at heart (post-sugarplum set included) and it promises to charm even the stoniest of humbug hearts.