Carolina Ballet Theatre Takes on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
Carolina Ballet Theatre Performs First Children’s Production of Halloween Show
Carolina Ballet Theatre presents “Before Dark: Thrilling Beats & Ghostly Treats,” its first children’s version of the company’s Halloween show, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at Gunter Theatre.
The more mature version, “After Dark: A Thriller Ballet,” which runs on the same night at 8 p.m., is inspired by Michael Jackson’s music and dance.
Artistic director Hernan Justo, who choreographed both productions, says this is the fourth time CBT has performed “After Dark” since 2010, but it was called “Ghost” previously.
Before Dark has been modified in length and content for a younger audience, and children are encouraged to attend in their Halloween best to meet and greet the characters and trick-or-treat through the halls of the Gunter following the 35-minute performance.
The Greenville-centric story opens on Halloween night. While most families make their rounds through the well-known neighborhoods, a handful of kids break off from the group. Hoping to reveal an unspoken Greenville secret, they head to an abandoned mansion along the Reedy River. They knock on the door, and after no answer, a brave little girl says “Let’s go!” and pushes it open. Lightning flashes to reveal a silhouette of a couple who dance a pas de deux to a string quartet medley of several Michael Jackson-inspired tunes. Ghosts creep out of every crevice, but for the matinee will not lunge into the audience. Startling sound effects will also be kept to a minimum.