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WKU Dance Company to present ‘Holiday Extravaganza’

A Holiday Extravaganza featuring a jazzy contemporary version of Sleeping Beauty with music by Tchaikovsky will close the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance 2015 Mainstage season on Nov. 20-22.

holidayThe WKU Dancers will bring enchantment to the stage as they tell the classic tale of Princess Aurora and her Prince.

“It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit, it’s a good family show,” said cast member Charles Buckner, a junior from Louisville.

A Holiday Extravaganza featuring Sleeping Beauty will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 20-21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in Van Meter Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for students and senior citizens; and $10 for children under age 10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts box office at (270) 745-3121.

Sunday’s matinee on Nov. 22 will be geared toward children with a prince/princess parade during intermission. Also at the Sunday matinee, pictures with Princess Aurora and her Prince will be available for $5.

WKU sophomore Hannah McCarthy as Sleeping Beauty. (Photo by Shura Pollatsek)

WKU sophomore Hannah McCarthy as Sleeping Beauty. (Photo by Shura Pollatsek)

The WKU student chapter of the National Dance Educators Organization will have T-shirts, jewelry, calendars and decorated pointe shoes for sale at each performance of Holiday Extravaganza. Proceeds will be used to support student travel to Italy in 2016 and guest artist appearances.

WKU Dance Company members and apprentices include Kelby Auten, a junior from Louisville; Lauren Bryan, a senior from Bardstown; Jordan Bryant, a sophomore from Indianapolis; Charles Buckner, a junior from Louisville; Lilly Comstock, a freshman from Prospect; Billy Durbin, a junior from Morgantown; Trevor Edwards, a sophomore from Glasgow; Eliah Furlong, a sophomore from Bowling Green; Miriam Gaines, a sophomore from Mount Juliet, Tennessee; Shalyn Grow, a junior from Jasper, Indiana; Montana Hatfield, a junior from Taylor Mill; Michael Hedges, a sophomore from LaGrange; Meg Hoshor, a senior from Dayton, Ohio; Caroline Kasten, a freshman from Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Lindsay Lambert, a junior from Murray; Abbey Lutts, a freshman from Knoxville, Tennessee; Hannah McCarthy, a sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee; Morgan Moore, a sophomore from Louisville; Haley Moore, a junior from Louisville; Heather Moore, a junior from Louisville; Fiona Mowbray, a senior from Lexington; Sara Pecina, a senior from Kokomo, Indiana; Caleb Pless, a senior from Brentwood, Tennessee; Shannon Quigley, a junior from Louisville; Hannah Scott, a sophomore from Bowling Green; Christa St. John, a freshman from Bowling Green; Jena Thompson, a sophomore from Owensboro; Bernadette Turnage, a sophomore from Goodlettsville, Tennessee; and Anna Wilson, a sophomore from Lexington.

Prince and Princess Dance Camp Dec. 5

The WKU student chapter of NDEO will have a Prince and Princess Go to the Ball Dance Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at Dance Arts of Bowling Green. (Costumes are optional.) The fee is $20 per child and pre-registration is required. Register by Nov. 22 to receive a $5 discount. All children ages 3 to 8 are invited to attend. No experience is necessary. There will be dance classes, crafts, snacks and a performance showcase for parents. Contact Anna Wilson at anna.wilson828@topper.wku.edu or (859) 351-9837.

About Theatre and Dance: More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance last year. The department presents more than 20 productions every year including four Mainstage productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560

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