Tri-town ballerinas to perform in New Bedford Ballet 'Esther's Journey'

Feb 22, 2017
Courtesy of: New Bedford Ballet Standing: Mia Hurley (Mattapoisett), Camryn McNamara (Mattapoisett); Kneeling: Elizabeth Bungert (Mattapoisett), Emma Gabriel (Mattapoisett); Sitting: Sabrina Cunningham (Mattapoisett), Ari Sweet (Marion)

New Bedford — The New Bedford Ballet will host its annual spring fundraiser on Sunday, March 5, featuring a number of dancers from Mattapoisett and Marion.

This year’s performance will be “Esther’s Journey,” an original historical ballet created and choreographed by New Bedford Ballet’s artistic director, Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault. In this family-oriented ballet, audience members will travel with Esther and her family as they journey from enslavement to freedom on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

The first seating for “Esther’s Journey” will be at 1 p.m. with a performance at 1:30 p.m. and the second seating will be at 2:30 p.m. with a performance at 3 p.m. The fundraiser is being held at the New Bedford Ballet Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase St. in New Bedford.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit New Bedford Ballet’s arts education and dance scholarship programs. There will be refreshments, including desserts and beverages. Members of the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra will provide music.

The New Bedford Youth Ballet will also perform “Esther’s Journey” for elementary school students in the area, including Marion in March as part of their Bringing History to Life through the Arts program. With funding from the Marion, New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet Cultural Councils, and in collaboration with the New Bedford Historical Society, individual workbooks will be provided to students.

Thanks to sponsors, “Esther’s Journey” will travel to Children’s Hospital Boston for a performance for children and their families.

The New Bedford Youth Ballet is a company of the New Bedford Ballet Foundation, Inc. Established in 1987, the foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and present classical ballets, grant scholarships and educate the community about ballet.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and students and $7 for children.

For more information, call the New Bedford Ballet at 508-993-1387 or visit



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