Robinson Ballet to Perform "The Nutcracker"

Machias, ME - The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, November 22, 2008, at the University of Maine at Machias.

The enchanting presentations will be offered at UMM's Performing Arts Center (PAC), with performances at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the world's best-known symphonic composers, wrote the graceful Nutcracker in 1892, near the end of his life. The Robinson Ballet Company has been producing The Nutcracker for more than 20 years, with Machias as one of its repeat venues.

The sponsorship of Kelco Industries, through owner Doug Kell Sr., has been significant to the appearances of the Robinson Ballet in Machias, according to University President Cynthia E. Huggins.

"This is a great cultural contributin to the area, and we are grateful to both Kelco Industries and the Robinson Ballet Company for continuing to make this presentation of The Nutcracker possible," said Huggins. "The residents of Washington County eagerly anticipate this performance, and UMM is pleased to be able to continue this holiday tradition."

Kell is an Ellsworth and Milbridge businessman who has many ties with the University. For six years he served on the UMM Board of Visitors, an advisory body to the campus president, with three of those years as the board's chair.

As in past years, schools and organized youth groups can make reservations for the 3 p.m. matinee at the PAC until November 14. After that, the matinee tickets will be available to the general public. Evening performance tickets are currently available.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens over 60 and those age 12-18, and $2 for those under age 12.

For more information or to make matinee group reservations, please call Naida Pennell at 255-1289. To reserve or pay for advance tickets, contact Barbie Holmes at 255-1312 or 255-1470.

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