A Christmas Carol ballet at UPAC this weekend

(Perry Sarkisian | sark video)

This weekend, the Ulster Ballet Company will present its 25th anniversary season of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol, exquisitely choreographed and directed by Sara Miot, formerly of the New York City Ballet. Featuring a cast of more than 60 dancers, actors and stage professionals from the Hudson Valley, the company presents this heartwarming and emotional tale of redemption through the use of narration and dance. With great lighting, special effects and colorful costumes, A Christmas Carol boasts breathtaking backdrops designed and painted by local artist Leslie Bender.

Performances take place at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. Tickets cost $25 general admission, $22 for senior citizens and Bardavon members and $18 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call the UPAC box office at (845) 339-6088 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

In an effort to reach out to the community, the Ulster Ballet Company is offering a discounted ticket price of $18 to employees of HealthQuest; Health Alliance; Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center; Marist, Bard, UCCC and Vassar Colleges; City of Kingston and County of Ulster employees; and members of the YMCA.  Present your employee/student ID or membership card to the UPAC box office when purchasing tickets.

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Ulster Ballet Company’s A Christmas Carol, Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 7:30 p.m./4 p.m./2 p.m., $25/$22/$18, Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston, (845) 339-6088