Audience gets into the "Arts" |

Audience gets into the "Arts"

Ballet, ballroom and belly dancing. Funk, jazz and hip hop. Singing, shouting and painting on the walls.

In a place where hiking and skiing are more prevalent than drama and opera, Lake Tahoe residents and visitors had a chance over the weekend to get some of what people may think is missing from the area – a little bit of culture.

Several hundred people attended “Origins: A Collaborative Arts Performance of Dance, Music and Art” at the Lake Tahoe Community College over the weekend.

“It’s been very smooth. The audiences have been great,” said Director Dave Hamilton.

The Theater at the college holds about 225 people, and it was filled to capacity Friday, Saturday and Sunday for what has become an annual event.

“Origins” traced the arts from their prehistoric origins to present day – and on to a futuristic vision for the 21st century.

About 125 performers danced, sang, hung from the ceilings, painted, threw flowers at the audience, played drums and pounded sticks against the floor.

And it’s not as if the audience just sat there, either. They sang, cheered and stomped on the bleachers along with the actors. Mostly, though, the audience members found themselves clapping.

“It’s great,” Stateline resident Inge Wurmsbobler said Saturday.

What did she and her husband like about it?

“Almost everything so far,” Willie Wurmsbobler said during the intermission. “The flamingo dancing was good. The opening singing – that was very good.”

Others agreed.

“I think it’s great,” said South Lake Tahoe resident Nancy Tain. “I like it because I think Tahoe needs more culture. It’s good to see, and to see locals doing it is really nice.”

The performance exceeded many viewers’ expectations.

“I’m enjoying it very much,” said South Lake Tahoe resident Fay Dillon. “I’m impressed; I didn’t expect it to be this good.”

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