Dance show set for Friday

April 27, 2015

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015, the curtain in Karl C. Bruder Theatre will rise on “Promland,” the 10th annual spring dance show at Emporia State University Theatre.

The show takes place the night before prom at Hoover High School in small town America. A full moon shines through the gym windows as Custodian Tom Spiggs (Justin Tinker, Las Vegas) prepares the mirror ball for prom. In 1927, Hoover High was the first high school in America to have a mirror ball hung in its gymnasium. When a full moon eclipsed the mirror ball, the dancers’ souls were forever enchanted. Now, as students prepare for their own prom, the same mirror ball is eclipsed, causing strange and magical events.

"Promland" is a fun blend of the 1920s and modern day with a Disney twist, including hits such as “Goody, Goody” by Johnny Mercer and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Disney’s Mulan.  Guests are invited to stay afterwards for "Prom Live!," where a King and Queen from the audience will be crowned and treated to a special performance from the stage manager (Rochele Watson, Oak Grove, MO) and house manager (John Alfrey, Topeka).

"Promland" and "Prom Live!" have been conceived, directed and choreographed by Lindy Bartruff, adjunct professor of dance. Costumes are being designed by Amanda Dura and lights are being designed by Nancy Pontius.

Other cast members include Bailey Carter (Freshman, Topeka), Landon Noll (Senior, Winchester), Kylie Pfannenstiel (Junior, Shawnee) Anastasia Rausch (Senior, El Dorado), Angelena Ross (Sophomore, Lawrence), Lisa Tinker (Senior, Derby), Marcon Waters (Sophomore, Emporia) and Alayne Weber (Sophomore, Topeka). Technical director and ESU alumni Chris Lohkamp will make a special guest appearance.

The show is presented with no admission charge as a gift to the community for its ongoing support of ESU Theatre students and activities. It marks the 10th year that Lindy Bartruff has staged a spring dance show and celebrates the joy of dance — in all forms — as an essential element of the performing arts.