Christmas comes early to the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) this year when the Ulster Ballet Company presents A Christmas Carol, a balletic rendition of the Charles Dickens classic. The show will be performed three times, with evening bows on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3; a matinée performance follows on Sunday, December 4.
The Ulster Ballet Company has been dazzling local dance enthusiasts for 34 years, the second half of which have involved the annual performance of A Christmas Carol. The show is choreographed and directed by former New York City Ballet veteran Sara Miot, features special effects, costumes and sets by artist Leslie Bender and a cast of more than 60 performers. Lead roles include Bob Gomez playing Ebenezer Scrooge, William Reinhart as Bob Cratchit and the Ghost of Jacob Marley played by Phillip Levine.
A Christmas Carol has been told and retold, performed and experienced countless times since Dickens’ novella was first published in 1843; and while the story remains familiar and timeless, the Ulster Ballet Company’s annual performance of narration and dance puts a new twist on the traditional tale.
On Friday and Saturday nights, performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while on Sunday the curtain goes up at 2 p.m. There will also be a performance for students of local schools on Thursday, December 1 at 10 a.m.