Christmas by the Sea and theater backdrops painted by two local artists

Atlantic Ballet Company to perform original version of ‘The Nutcracker’

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CAMDEN — Atlantic Ballet Company of P2P Dance Center in Camden, Rockport and Belfast presents its original version of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker story ballet. On December 4 and 5, 2021, the Camden Opera House will host both of ABC’s 3 p.m. matinees.

Atlantic Ballet Company is celebrating its 21st presentation of this annual Nutcracker production, “during which thirty-two very excited dancers are anxious to perform for family audiences once again,” said ABC, in a news release. 

This family event will be presented during the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Christmas by the Sea: weekend celebration.” ABC’s Nutcracker production continues to be a featured theatrical experience during Camden’s “Christmas by the Sea” tour for both local audiences, as well as seasonal visitors to Maine, according to the release.

“During last year’s 2020 performance, the Camden Opera House welcomed us once again, however, we had the unprecedented challenge of performing with face coverings during the Covid pandemic,” says Michele
Cox, director of Atlantic Ballet Company and P2P Dance Center. “Our dancers were only allowed to perform for 50 parents in the audience. This year we are allowed to perform for a more sizable audience. Our student
dancers and professional guest artists are thrilled that entire families, as well as our public dance followers, are invited to enjoy this spectacular event.”

ABC displays grand Victorian sets with Land of the Snow and Kingdom of the Sweets backdrops painted by two local artists, Ilene Weintraub and the late Andrew Tessyman. In Act II, an array of colorful costumes adorns the Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Peppermint Candies, Arabian and Waltz of the Flowers dancers.

“Original choreography by directors Heather and Michele Cox bring to life this magical holiday tradition,” said ABC.

Tickets on line at

Ticket prices: $15 for seniors and children 12 and under; $20 for adults

Event Date: 

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 3:00pm

Event Location: 

Camden Opera House


29 Elm Street
Camden, ME 04843
United States