Story by Lou Perri
With October comes the Halloween season with youngsters dressed in costume going about trick or treating.
The Atlantic City Ballet’s Dracula moves into the Claridge Hotel with Halloween performances. Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without taking in a performance of Atlantic City Ballet’s “Dracula”.
Since 2006, “Dracula” has been mesmerizing audiences with its spell binding choreography, beautiful costumes and captivating music. This year Dracula makes another haunting return to the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
“Dracula,” an original work, choreographed by Artistic Director, Phyllis Papa, is a full length ballet that has captured audience’s imaginations with hypnotic fascination.
“Despite the reputation of the main character, AC Ballet’s production is family friendly.” Phyllis Papa told Explore NJ. “Young and old can enjoy our ballet which follows closely to the Bram Stoker novel”
Looking for a ballet tradition that equals Nutcracker, Phyllis Papa created Dracula to capture vampire enthusiasts in hopes of bringing a younger audience to see the ballet. Performances will take place at the Claridge Hotel, Saturday October 31st, Halloween, at 4pm and 10pm. The 10pm performance will feature a costume contest after the performance and prizes given for best costume.
Founded in 1982, by International Ballerina, Phyllis Papa, the Atlantic City Ballet is comprised of professional dancers from around the world and have earned national acclaim for their technical expertise and exuberant stage presence. Although their home base is in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the Ballet has performed in theaters all along the east coast. Their repertoire of original works includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake but Ms. Papa is most known for her innovative works such as Dracula, Caught Up In The Swing and her full length Carmen. Since its inception, the Atlantic City Ballet has served as one of the cultural treasures of New Jersey and continues a tradition of dance excellence for future generations of ballet audiences.
Join Dracula on Saturday, Oct. 31st at 4 pm and 10 pm Celebrity Theater-Claridge Hotel For tickets go to www.acballet.org or call the AC Ballet office at 609-348-7201 Tickets are $50 & $40-Adults $20-Student/Child Group and Senior discounts available. For more information go to: www.acballet.org