ECB performs its "Ballet Spooktacular"

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With Halloween coming up in a few weeks, fans of the season are getting into the (haunted) spirit of things. And double devotees of the holiday and dance, rejoice: you can enjoy some early Halloween fun when Eastern Connecticut Ballet stages its popular "Ballet Spooktacular."

The family-friendly show is treated to Saturday and Sunday matinees at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.

It boasts a trio of dance pieces: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," in which a boy runs into a little trouble when toying with magic; the humorous "Dancing Bones," where glow-in-the-dark skeletons dance; and the elegant "Halloween Waltz," in which ballerinas, draped in long white veils, perform to Saint-Saens' music. The choreography is by ECB artistic director Gloria Govrin (a former soloist with the New York City Ballet) and ECB associate director Krystin Baribault.

The youngsters in the audience can get into the act, too. They are encouraged to wear costumes to the show, and they can parade onstage, pose with the dancers for photos, and trick-or-treat in the theater.

"Ballet Spooktacular," 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook; $18 adults, $12 ages 12 and under; 1-877-503-1286.


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