For almost six months, company members and dancers at Ms. Jordan’s School of Dance in Sallisaw have been preparing for their spring recital.
Three months of rehearsals will culminate in the production of “Peter Pan,” set for this Saturday at the Alma Performing Arts Center. A matinee performance at 2 p.m. and evening performance at 7 p.m. are planned.
Company members Brenna Sawney, who plays Captain Hook, and Kaytie Bell, who portrays Wendy, say this recital will be like no other.
“This Peter Pan story is a little different to the traditional one,” said Sawney, 18, who has been dancing at MJSOD for more than 10 years. “It’s kind of a combination of all the different Peter Pan stories that have been told. We made it our own.”
In addition to dancing, aerialists will fly high above the stage, which will add to the excitement of the show, according to Bell.
“Some of our best productions were ‘Frozen” and ‘The Little Mermaid,’ but this will be one of the best,” said Bell, 17, who has been dancing for 12 years.
Sawney said she is excited to bring the sinister Captain Hook to life on the stage.
“I’ll tell you, I have played lots of different kinds of characters – good characters, heroes of the story and princesses, so it’s really fun to play a different side, being the evil, dark side of the story,” Sawney said.
Like Sawney, Bell also looks forward to portraying Wendy, a different kind of character for her.
“From wearing a dress to dying my hair brown, it’s been kind of crazy,” said Bell. “And I get to fly this year. The technical crew has gotten its workout with this production.”
With a dancing cast of almost 300 youngsters and 50 company members playing characters in the show, the cast just wants to stage something the audience of all ages will enjoy.
“We try to put on a show people will want to watch,” Sawney added.
Tickets for the show are $8 and are available at the door.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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