Sugarloaf Ballet is starting its 2015-16 season with an original telling of the classic fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” playing Oct. 17-18 at the Infinite Energy Theater.

Based on the German fairy tale and Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, the production features over 70 local young dancers bringing the Artistic Director Lori Zamzow Wire’s adaptation to the stage.

The ballet tells the story of a famished Hansel and Gretel who are lost and wandering in the woods. They come upon a house made of scrumptious sweets and are welcomed by a witch. The two are taken with this wondrous world filled with dancing gumdrops, chocolate bonbons, lemon drops, peppermints and gingerbread cookies. But when Hansel and Gretel discover the witch’s evil intentions, they must fight to defeat her and escape back home to their loving parents.

Caleb Wire, a sixth-grader at Creekland Middle School, and Ava Hager, an eighth-grader at Osborne Middle School, will dance the roles of Hansel and Gretel, respectively. Alex Archer, a senior at Collins Hill High School, will play the sinister Witch, and Jada Bourgeois, a sophomore at Georgia Connections Academy, will perform as the enchanting Dew Fairy.

Professional dancer Nick Haglin will again join Sugarloaf Ballet as a guest artist, performing the role of Father, accompanying Abbey Jane Davis, a junior at Greater Atlanta Christian School, who will dance the role of Mother.

“Hansel and Gretel” will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Infinite Energy Theater located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Tickets range from $15 to $22 and are available at infiniteenergycenter.com.

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