JACKSON, Wyo. — Dancers’ Workshop invites audiences to the faraway magical kingdom of Narnia this holiday season. On December 13, 14, and 15, join as the beloved characters from “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” take the stage. Conceived and directed by DW Artistic Director Babs Case and Obie Award-winning actor Bob Berky, and based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, this original production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” celebrates the broad range of DW’s artistic talent. Elementary-age students, Junior Repertory Company members, and Contemporary Dance Wyoming members bring Narnia to life through modern dance, ballet, hip hop, and vaudeville.
Each year, DW’s Winter Production features the hard work and dedication of its students and teachers. In order to successfully produce this world-class school performance, DW is actively selling tickets now, which can be purchased online here and at the link below.
DW has twice before performed original versions of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” most recently in 2010. In 2006, the production featured then DW student Michaela Ellingson, who went on to the London School of Contemporary Dance and who has returned to Dancers’ Workshop to run the Junior Repertory Company. “It was the first time I had a solo role in a Winter Production,” Ellingson said. “Now on the other side, as a director, teacher and professional dancer myself, it is incredibly rewarding to be behind the scenes crafting the show.”
For DW students, the planning and creative process are as much a part of the experience as the final show. DW School Director Eric Midgley says the performance of narrative work is an essential component of a young dancer’s training.
“Beyond technique, students learn integral skills specific to performance: applied technique, rehearsal etiquette, and theatricality,” Midgley said. “They also learn everyday lessons: delayed gratification, perseverance, cooperation, respect for themselves and others, and the ability to deliver under pressure.”
This year, an anonymous donor has gifted $30,000 to go toward the Winter Production costs. The total cost for this production is $120,000. To match the anonymous donation and contribute to the production, click here.
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