Robinson Ballet to Perform “The Nutcracker” at UMM Nov. 19

The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” to the University of Maine at Machias with a pair of performances on Saturday, November 19.

Performances in UMM’s Performing Arts Center will be held at 3 and 7 p.m.

Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the world’s best-known symphonic composers, wrote the ballet in 1892, near the end of his life. The Robinson Ballet Company has been producing “The Nutcracker” for more than 30 years, including 31 performances at UMM.

The sponsorship of Kelco Industries, through owners Doug Kell Sr. and Doug Kell, Jr., has been crucial for the appearances of the Robinson Ballet in Machias, according to UMM President Sue Huseman.

“We appreciate the generosity of Kelco Industries and the talents of the Robinson Ballet Company. Each year is a gift to Washington County residents,” said Huseman. “The people here eagerly await this performance each year, and UMM is pleased to be able to continue this holiday tradition.”

The Kells are Ellsworth and Milbridge businessmen who have many ties with the University. For six years Doug Kell, Sr. served on the UMM Board of Visitors, an advisory body to the 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. matinée performance until November 7. After that, the matinée tickets will be available to the general public on November 8. The matinée performance has always filled up early, and seats may not be available unless they are reserved in advance.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens over 60 and youth aged 12-18, and $3 for youth under age 12. Advance ticket sales will begin on November 7.

For more information or to reserve or pay for advance tickets after November 7, please call Barbie Holmes at (207) 255-1370.