‘The Dance Company Makes Broadway’ BIG

FROM FATHER, Wis. (WFRV) – Delicious. Imaginative. Ambitious. Clever. Original. Amusing.

It’s “The Dance Company Does Broadway,” playing for four more performances through Sunday at the Walter Theater in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College.

Do yourself a favor and treat yourself. Catch this. It is unique and radiant.

Know that the young dancers dance to the recorded soundtracks of seven popular musicals, often speaking the sung words. That last bit might sound hokey, but it puts the dancers in character for the stories to unfold.

What’s also interesting is the choreography, which fleshes out the stories by volumes. A song becomes more than a song. “Do-Re-Me” from “The Sound of Music” added movement and sparkle. “Tomorrow” from “Annie” becomes athletic art, with flow and aerial jumps. “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked” becomes an additional physical expression of the soul.

The Dance Company show features 22 songs – 22 stages, most with varying backgrounds and props and a sea of ​​costumes that can include little kids as yellow cab drivers or others in fancy dress outfits. eye-catching penguin.

Sensitivity, joy and energy are part of what is happening.

Rehearsal scene for the “Newsies” sequence. (Courtesy of the dance company)

Another layer of charm comes from a narrator, Matt Maloney, who sets up scenes dressed as a character from each segment. He slips into humor and playfulness. Twice he also sings, adding another layer to this unique effort.

Show director Carrie Wielgus has an entourage of creative castmates who infuse the show with an encyclopedia of dance movement. Each scene seems like a palace for a different type of physical expression. En pointe, tap, character, interpretive, gymnastics, jazz – they’re all there, with their assorted variations.

Each of the 22 stages has something going for it because the dancers embrace them – creating an aura of love for what they do. It’s hard to tell highlights because there are so, so many. So I won’t.

This is a great team effort, charged with spirit and contagious energy.

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Operating time: two hours, five minutes

Remaining performances: 7 p.m. March 18; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 19; and 2 p.m. on March 20

Information: snc.edu/tickets

Creative: Artistic Director – Shirley Van; show director – Carrie Wielgus; assistant show director – Jami Goodman; director – Michael Palubicki; dance captain – Bryanna Gauger; assistant choreographer – Morgan Wigman; guest choreographer – Katelyn Badeau; costumes – Renee Ettinger, president; accessories – Kristy Christensen, Kathy VanPrice, co-chairs; producer – David Pyres; Lighting – Scott LaPlante

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THE SHOW

Narrator: Matt Maloney

Act I

“News”

+ “Carry the Banner”

Jack-Emma Johnson

Crutch – Owen Schroeder

Race – Jayna’s Schematic

David Addison Schmidt

Les – Ella Thomas

Newsies – Ally Broocmeier, Natalie Danz, Sonia Ettinger, Yuritzi Flores, Emily Legois, Lily Mannion, Grace Nimmer, Grace Pieschek, Avery Spoerl, Ella VanPrice

+ “King of New York”

Jack-Emma Johnson

Race – Jayna’s Schematic

David Addison Schmidt

Les – Ella Thomas

Katherine – Emily Hoeppner

Crutch – Owen Schroeder

News – Sonia Ettinger, Grace Nimmer, Ally Boockmeier

+ “Seize the day”

Jack-Emma Johnson

Race – Jayna’s Schematic

David Addison Schmidt

Les – Ella Thomas

News – Grace Nimmer, Avery Spoerl, Ella VanPrice, Yuritzi Flores

“Sound of Music”

+ “Sixteen by Seventeen”

Liesl – Grace Pieschek

Rolf-Owen Schroeder

+ “Do-Re-Mi”

Maria – Morgan Lemens

Liesl – Grace Pieschek

Friedrich–Jameson O’Brien

Louisa – Hannah O’Neil

Kurt-Sarah McPherson

Brigitta – Meara Marinan

Marta – Lauren Buchmann

Gretl – Lili Trace

+ Edleweiss

Dancers – Ally Boockmeier, Natalie Danz, Sonia Ettinger, Emma Johnson, Emily Legois, Lily Mannion, Sylvia Pryes, Jayna Schema

Singers – Matt Maloney, Emilie Chamberlain

“West Side Story”

+ “Tonight”

Maria – Grace Nimmer

Tony-Owen Schroeder

+ “I feel pretty”

Maria – Grace Nimmer

Dancers – Emily Hoeppner, Clarissa LaPlante, Emily Legois, Morgan Lemens, Sylvia Pryes, Avery Spoerl, Ella VanPrice, Emilie Chamberlain

+ “Cold”

Riff – Sonia Ettinger

Jets – Natalie Danz, Emma Johnson, Lily Mannion, Grace Pieschek, Jayna Schema, Addison Schmidt

“Anne”

+ “It’s a hard life”

Annie – Ally Boockmeier

Molly – Andrea Vance

Kate – Michelle Brunette

Tessie – Lauren Robillard

Pepper – Morgan Veldboom

Duffy – Ilianna Castro

July – Keyla Christensen

Orphans – Sophia Cruz Reznicek, Sofia Kuznetsov, Lauren Buchmann, Megan Buchmann, Savannah Budworth, Lili Trace, Shaelyn Martineau, Layla Paul, Harper Schroeder, Maren Schultz

+ “Little girls”

Miss Hannigan – Natalie Danz

Tessie – Lauren Robillard

Pepper – Morgan Veldboom

Duffy – Ilianna Castro

July – Keyla Christensen

Orphans – Sofia Kuznetsov, Lauren Buchmann, Lili Trace, Lyla Paul

+ “Tomorrow”

Annie – Ally Boockmeier

+ Easy street

Miss Hannigan – Natalie Danz

Rooster – Sonia Ettinger

Lily – Emily Hoeppner

+ “NYC”

Grace – Emilie Legois

Annie – Ally Boockmeier

Oliver Warbucks – Matt Maloney

Star in the making – Yuritzi Flores

Taxis – Piper Aaron, Jocelyn Bethke, Mackenzie Gwidt, Gabbi Nommensen, Emmett O’Brien, Linden O’Brien, Patrick O’Brien, Harper Schultz

City Dancers – Emilie Chamberlain Cassie Kubale, Sarah McPherson, Hannah O’Neil, Jazmin Queoff, Ella Thomas, Caleb O’Brien, Jameson O’Brien.

Act II

“Mary Poppins”

+ “Happy Holidays”

Mary Poppins – Ella VanPrice

Bert–Isaac Bowman

Jane – Savannah Budworth

Michael-Megan Buchman

Statues – Sofia Kuznetsov, Michelle Brunette

Park Dancers – Jazmin Queoff, Meara Marinan, Hannah O’Neil, Sarah McPherson, Emilie Chamberlain, Cassie Kubale

Penguins – Maren Schultz, Harper Schroeder, Shaelyn Martineau, Layla Paul

+ “Feed the birds”

Mary Poppins – Ella VanPrice

Bird Woman – Grace Pieschek

Birds – Emily Hoeppner, Morgan Lemens, Grace Nimmer, Addison Schmidt

+ “Not in time”

Bert–Isaac Bowman

Mary Poppins – Ella VanPrice

Jane – Savannah Budworth

Michael-Megan Buchman

Chimney Sweeps – Yuritzi Flores, Ella Thomas, Ilianna Castro, Lauren Robillard, Morgan Veldboom, Keyla Christensen, Andrea Vance, Jackson Toivonen, Caleb O’Brien

+ “Supercalifrangilisticexpialidocious”

Mary Poppins – Ella VanPrice

Bert–Isaac Bowman

Jane – Savannah Budworth

Michael-Megan Buchman

Dancers – Natalie Danz, Emily Hoeppner, Emma Johnson, Clarissa LaPlante, Morgan Lemens, Grace Pieschek, Addison Schmidt, Avery Spoerl, Jazmin Queoff, Sylvia Pryes

“Bad”

+ “Dancing Through Life”

Fiyero – Owen Schroeder

Glinda – Syliva Pryes

Dancers – Ally Boockmeier, Sonia Ettinger, Emily Hoeppner, Emily Legois, Yuritzi Flores, Troy Wypishinski-Prechter, Morgan Lemens

+ “Popular”

Elphaba – Lily Mannion

Glinda – Syliva Pryes

+ “Defying Gravity”

Elphaba – Lily Mannion

+ “For good”

Elphaba – Lily Mannion

Glinda – Sylvia Pryes

“Fat”

+ “Grease Lightning”

Danny-Isaac Bowman

T-Birds – Owen Schroeder, Troy Wypishinski-Prechter, Jameson O’Brien, Caleb O’Brien

French – Avery Spoerl

Sandy-Morgan Lemens

Rizzo – Jayna’s Blueprint

Jan – Emilie Legois

Marty-Emma Johnson

+ “Beauty School Dropout”

French – Avery Spoerl

Dancers – Cassie Kubale, Sarah McPherson, Hannah O’Neil, Jazmin Queoff, Michelle Brunette, Ilianna Castro, Lauren Robillard, Morgan Veldboom, Meara Marinan, Keyla Christensen

+ “You are the one I want”

Danny-Isaac Bowman

Sandy-Morgan Lemens

“Finale: We Go Together”

Cast members of all seven shows for the final arcs

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THE PLACE: The 724-seat Byron L. Walter Theater includes a proscenium stage (flat facade). Its walls are made of textured concrete blocks laid in waves. The ceiling includes white acoustic clouds. Seating material and carpeting are the theater’s traditional red. The theater is located in the Abbot Pennings Fine Arts Hall of St. Norbert College in De Pere. It is the larger of the two theaters in the building, the core of which was constructed in 1955. In 1989, the Walter Theater was renovated to improve the lobby and interior aesthetics, adding seating and improving acoustics .

THE PERSON: Byron L. Walter (1877-1954) was a businessman. He ran Green Bay Hardware, Inc. until his retirement in 1953. Walter was a co-founder of Paper Converting Machine Co. and served for a time as president. After his death, the Byron L. Walter Family Trust was established and made the theater possible. The trust continues to make widespread contributions to community projects and institutions.

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