JACKSON, Wyo. \u2013 Arts aficionados can expect to be dazzled by Dancers\u2019 Workshop presentation of Winter Production, Friday, December 13 thru Sunday, December 15.\r\n\r\nInspired by the C.S. Lewis classic \u2018The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe\u201d\u00a0Winter Production is an all original endeavor featuring both junior and professional company talent over four days of shows with proceeds benefiting performance arts in Teton County.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is a beautiful story,\u201d said Artistic and Executive Director and choreographer at Dancers\u2019 Workshop Babs Case. \u201cThe selection reflects our performers' desire to challenge themselves and to use what they\u2019ve learned at Dancers\u2019 Workshop to push beyond.\u201d\r\n\r\nA holiday tradition for the whole area and one of two annual occasions when Dancers\u2019 Workshop students take to the stage in a professionally supported performance, 2019\u2019s production of \u201cThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe\u201d takes place at The Center Theater. It is a multi-disciplinary vision led by Babs Case and Obie Award-winning actor, Bob Berky. The pair helms a full cast that combines student performers, professional dancers, faculty and community members.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cIn total, there are about 130 participants to this year\u2019s cast,\u201d said Dancers\u2019 Workshop School Director, Eric Midgley. \u201cOf those, about 120 are student performers representing all ages.\u201d Midgley, who moved to the Jackson area 3 years ago expressly to become involved at the school, rates Winter Production highly among its yearly calendar.\r\n\r\n\u201cA huge and impressive undertaking,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nA stage show on a large scale, \u2018The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe\u201d is the product of ten week's worth of Saturdays plus months of preparations. It boasts professional-level production of set, sound, and lighting. Performers launch into creative interpretation of the book via inventive character portrayal and personalized choreography enlivened by imaginative score selections.\r\n\r\n\u201cTo make physically possible the impossible, we must use the art of theater,\u201d Case said of production efforts. \u201cThis is a shift between the \u2018real\u2019 and the \u2018imaginary\u2019 that is a pleasurable challenge and allows a freedom to create in any way we want.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor the 2019 production, Utah Opera Company constructed a dynamic multi-component Wardrobe that accompanies stage drops that have been created by John Wayne Cook, a visual artist late of Walt Disney Productions. Guidance from the accomplished Bob Berky promises an injection of fresh, humorous energy to the C.S. Lewis tale. And each cast member\u2019s role has been choreographed to carefully match that performer\u2019s personal strengths and abilities.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cBy applying what they learn from DW's dance training to this production and performance, our kids get the opportunity to see the real thing in a real theater,\u201d Midgley said. \u201cThey get a sense of producing a show on a professional scale and playing a role to understand how it all works.\u201d\r\n\r\nPerformed within The Center Theater at Jackson\u2019s Center for the Arts, the full run of Winter Production 2019 begins with a single, 7 p.m. showing on Friday, December 13. It\u2019s followed by dual showings Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. as well as a 4 p.m. showtime on Sunday, December 15.\r\n\r\nA performance that commonly sells out all showtimes, Winter Production is a celebrated holiday tradition. And this year\u2019s spin on \u201cThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe\u201d aims to be yet another annual favorite.\r\n\r\n\u201cTo me, dance is the most inspiring art form,\u201d Case said of the project. \u201cIt involves music and theater as well as using space like a blank canvas.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd there is something very touching about the vulnerability of live performances, no matter the age.\u201d\r\n\r\nCase says she finds reward in dance for its visible progression of perseverance through frustration to reach accomplishment. And she praises Winter Production as an extraordinary and complete team effort that blurs the performance line separating student and professional-level ability.\r\n\r\n\u201cTwenty-one years ago I began at Dancers\u2019 Workshop with a goal to create four rotating presentations annually in which student performers would be completely supported by professional production and community,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\n\u201cTo see what students bring to that stage and how they grow throughout the process is a delight, as is providing such professional-grade performances to our community.\u201d\r\n\r\nInterested in attending? Buy tickets today!