Dancers to perform this week
April 25, 2005
What do swordfights, pointe shoes, school bells and ladders have in common? “A great show!” answers Marcia Sarosik when talking about this year’s recitals titled “Pirates, Plies and Pazzazz.” This year’s production has been divided into four themed segments.
This first section is appropriately named “Pirates.” There are fast-paced technical jazz dances to songs from the movie “Pirates of the Carribean.” “You Promised Me,” choreographed by Edeanna Olejniczak, highlights the advanced jazz skills of the dancers. Skeletons perform in a creative glow-in-the-dark routine and the ever-popular dads are pirates who dance with their daughters to “Hook’s Waltz.” Dance instructor Cyndee Orcutt, who is the vice president of Yonker Construction by day, supervised the building of the set, a 22-foot pirate ship that appears on the stage as the fog clears.
“The crew for this project brought together great volunteers, including many contractors for the building portion and an interior designer for the painting of the ship. We’re thinking the ship will be an asset to the high school if they want to use it as a float for their homecoming,” Orcutt said. The pirate section of the show concludes with a swordfight choreographed by ballet and fencing master Bruce King.
The next section of the show takes the audience back to school. Angie Gooch choreographed a series of dances that represent many of the groups that can be seen at a typical high school, from the “popular kids” to the soon to be popular “nerds.” The adult hip hop class participates at the “PTA” dance and the younger dancers go to the playground with a “Hip Hop Hokey Pokey.”
The second half of the show begins in a Toy Shoppe. In the story line, developed and choreographed by instructor Nicole Mora, a variety of toys including a jack in the box, teddy bears, music boxes and a merry go round are brought to life by a magical fairy. Mr. King, who participated in some of the choreography, makes his appearance on the stage as the puzzled toymaker. Choreographer and producer Lynne Zavacky Barth showcases the theater jazz students in their numbers “Annie” and “Triple Threat” before the last themed section of the show.
“Road Work” utilizes some interesting props including some heart-stopping ladder work and caution tape in the presentation of the various dances. Dancers roll in on “cars” made from office chairs as they commute to their various jobs in “Workin’ for a Livin’.” The roadwork is interrupted briefly when it has to “Stop In the Name of Love.” A “Car Wash” to the song by the same name continues the theme. It concludes with a tap production choreographed by former Tap Dog Mike Wittmers and staged by Marcia Sarosik that spotlights the advanced tapping and rhythm skills of the group.
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The recitals take place at the South Tahoe High School Theater who is the recipient of the proceeds of the show. This year, 30 new lighting instruments were purchased in time for the high school’s productions “Noises Off” and “Anything Goes.” Over the last dozen plus years, the cooperation between the high school and the dance studio has resulted in the purchase of spotlights, sound equipment, flooring and many other items. The recitals also serve as another training venue for South Tahoe High School’s stage crew. Graduating senior, Luke Johnston, who also dances in the show, began as a stage technician as a freshman and now supervises most of the technical aspects of the high school’s events.
This is the 22nd year of productions for the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio. The dancers are known as Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars and range in age from 2 years of age to “don’t ask,” presenting tap, jazz, classical ballet, hip hop, lyrical jazz, Irish and musical theater numbers in the series of six performances. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and can be obtained by calling (530) 544-3873.