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Dance theater announces new season

June 29, 2013


June 29--The Owensboro Dance Theatre will revisit classic stories with modern twists during its 2013-14 season.

ODT announced its new season this week and season packages are now available. Single ticket sales will begin shortly before each production.

The new season offers three shows. Auditions will begin in August and rehearsals in September.

The first show is "The Nutcracker," which will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the RiverPark Center, 101 Daviess St.

ODT's version of the holiday staple will include pyro magic, a snow backdrop and six professional guest dancers from Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Dancentre South in Woodstock, Ga. and others from Denver and New Orleans.

"We have great relationships with them because we've worked together for so long," said Joy Johnson, the director and co-founder of ODT. "Once they've been here, they become familiar with how we do our shows, how our dancers work and things like that. That makes it so much easier and the students really learn from them."

The production will also feature a "Sweets Character Brunch" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 on the Cannon Hall stage. Attendees will make ornaments and take photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Santa Claus and other characters.

The second show, "Lightwire Theater featuring 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Tortoise and the Hare,'" is in partnership with the RiverPark Center and will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 23, 2014 at the RiverPark Center.

Lightwire Theater was a finalist on "America's Got Talent" last year. The company, which uses electroluminescent wire in darkened stage productions, now plays regularly in Las Vegas.

"It's fascinating the way the lights are strapped to their bodies and how they move to tell the story," Johnson said.

The season will end with "In Concert featuring the Land of Oz: Journey Down the Yellow Brick Road," at 7 p.m. March 22, 2014 at the RiverPark Center. There will be a "Munchkins Lollipop Tea" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. that day.

Guest choreographers will create all new routines for the show, using various dance styles. The show will also feature a video backdrop to help blend the story.

"We're taking a little of the music from (the Broadway musical) 'Wicked' and parts of other versions, without losing the original story," Johnson said.

ODT will also bring back its writing or poster contests. Local students will be able to enter the contests, which require them to draw or write things based on the show or character of the time. An Owensboro High School student won in 2011. Her story was featured in that year's "In Concert" show and she appeared on stage.

"It's fun to see their creativity," Johnson said. "We took last year off from the contests, but schools asked about it, so we're excited for its return this year."

Angela Oliver, 691-7360,

Season packages are $75 and include seats at all three shows and one reservation to the "Nutcracker Sweets Character Brunch" and to the "Munchkins Lollipop Tea." Packages are available now. Single tickets for "The Nutcracker" (available Sept. 1) and "In Concert" (available Dec. 8) are $30, $27 or $12.50 for adults and $28, $25 or $12.50 for students. Single tickets for the Lightwire Theater show are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and younger. For more informatin or to purchase a package, call 684-9580 or email For single tickets, call the RiverPark Center at 687-2787 or see


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