The style of the writing in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter relies heavily on the narrator revealing the internal dialogue of the characters.

The film elements in Ballet 5:8's production will 'play the role' of the narrator, giving audiences a window into the characters' histories and thought life, while the onstage dancing represents the present day.


Inside Hester's Heart

The first film sequence gives audiences insight into the thoughts of Hester Prynne. The flashback includes memories of Hester's wedding day and the birth of her daughter, Pearl.



Hidden Motives

The second film sequence includes insights into the thoughts and memories of several of the residents of the village where Hester lives.

These insights lend background to the character and role of the Reverend Dimmesdale, who is also featured in the sequence.



Dimmesdale's Struggle

The third sequence depicts the character development of Reverend Dimmesdale, Hester's unidentified lover. 


Behind-the-scenes photos feature Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, Ballet 5:8 Company Artists, Scarlet Film Director Preston Miller, and Community Cast Members from the Ballet 5:8 Family.

Photos by Eric Seals/Digital Cafe.