Thursday, June 22, 2006
Steamboat Springs On Tuesday, the faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp did not know what their program would include for Saturday's "One Night Only" performance.
And they won't know all the details until Saturday morning.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for children 10 and younger
"Our schedule is really busy," said Jason Little, the theater and director at Perry-Mansfield. "We rehearse in the morning, the kids see it in the afternoon, and then the community sees it at night."
Two faculty members will arrive the night of the show. Yvonne Marceau will drive to Perry-Mansfield from Denver and arrive toward the end of the show.
But none of the faculty members seem alarmed by the last-minute circumstances of "One Night Only."
"It's reflective of the faculty to have these pieces in their back pocket anyways, and it shows them at their best," Little said. "Ultimately, we are all performers, and that really kicks in."
The faculty members choose their performance pieces. Many of them are original works. Little described the "One Night Only" show as a three-course meal.
"The appetizer is the musical theater, the meal is the dance performances, and the dessert is more musical theater," Little said.
The program will include an original trapeze piece by Julie Ludwick. "People who don't know trapeze don't realize it's dance," said Linda Kent, the dance department director. "It's not circus tricks. The dance movements on deck connect with the hangs on the trapeze."
Jen Golonka, a modern dance faculty member, will perform a new solo titled "Sweet Despair."
"It is done to the humming chorus of 'Madame Butterfly,' and the first section will be done on the floor. It's very beautiful," Golonka said. "The second section will be more movement-based. We had first thought only about movement until I learned about the opera."
The modern dance piece will represent a scene from the opera in which a woman begs her father to let her marry a man who is bad for her.
It is important for the students at Perry-Mansfield to see the finished products performed on stage by their teachers, she said.
"We get to show the students that we actually know what we are doing," Golonka said.
"It is so appropriate for students to see what teachers are asking them to do and aspire to," Kent said. "And, so, the community knows that we are not just babysitting and that we have a world-class faculty who facilitate and inspire students."
The showcase also is an opportunity for the faculty to see what their co-workers do.
"It's not about just having lunch with them," Little said. "I enjoy seeing the other faculty and having a sense of what their artistry is about."