BTI presents a Halloween story

Director Stirling Matheson, left, with company dancer, Emma Rose Beigel. (Submitted photo)
Director Stirling Matheson, left, with company dancer, Emma Rose Beigel. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner


Halloween is the prime time for spooky stories, but the Ballet Theatre of Indiana is taking a whole new turn with their Halloween performance. And theirs happens to be based off a true story.

BTI will present “Macabre, a Night of Edgar Allen Poe Ballets” on Oct. 29 and 30. The show will be their season opener and focuses partly on Poe’s life and partly on his stories.

“We’ve never done a Halloween production,” said Audrey Robson, BTI’s director of public relations. “We definitely thought that using Edgar Allen Poe was very appropriate for the Halloween season.”

There will be tables for seating, and guests are able to purchase food and drinks during intermission. Robson said the stage is quite close to the tables and describes the show as very interactive.

“It’s definitely something that is unique to Indy,” Robson said. “It’s appearing as a ballet and it masters up with the Halloween theme so it’s a different way to experience Halloween. We’ve never done something quite like this before.”

The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. both nights, and lasts about an hour and a half including intermission. Although alcohol is served, those under 21 are still welcome.

“I think that some kids can gain interest from it because of unique movements, but I would say it does have some mature concepts in it,” Robson said.

Some of the dances within the show include “The Masque of the Red Death” by Director Stirling Matheson and “Annabelle Lee” by Emma Rose Beigel, a company dancer. The other dances will be performed by the new ballet master and resident choreographer, Cole Companion. All choreography is original

The show takes place at the Athenaeum at 407 E Michigan St., Indianapolis. Tickets are $25 each. To purchase tickets, visit