Make three wishes and jump on your magic carpet for a fantastic night of entertainment. The Moab Dance Company will present “Aladdin” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Grand County High School auditorium.
The Times-Independent conducted a Q&A with Production Director Heather Dowd and Studio Director Rachelle Pierce. Dowd and Pierce offered candid insights into what it took to bring Aladdin to Moab.
The Times-Independent: Why did you decide on that production?
Dowd: “Because it is such a fun movie and has an amazing soundtrack. Music is so important to dancers. It is also an older Disney cartoon. We were very surprised to find out how few kids had seen this movie. We had a movie viewing party to help get the girls and boys excited to do this show. They loved it!”
The Times-Independent: In your experience and in your opinion do boys and girls approach a production with the same enthusiasm?
Pierce: “Yes, I think boys and girls do approach being able to perform with equal enthusiasm. But, there is a shift in the crowd when a group of boys perform. The crowd goes crazy. They love seeing the boys on stage.”
The Times-Independent: What were your responsibilities?
Dowd: “My responsibilities were to come up with the storyline; what parts we could interpret through dance and what parts we had to leave out. I picked which classes best match each song, designed the sets, built the sets – with lots of help from very talented moms, choreographed the big group numbers and the lead role dances and directed the group practices.”
The Times-Independent: Does your troupe put on one Broadway-style production per year?
Pierce: “This is our third annual production. In January of 2017 we performed 'The Jungle Book,' and in December 2017 we performed 'A Night Before Christmas.' Yes, about one production per year.”
The Times-Independent: What were the joys of putting the production together?
Dowd: “To work with such amazingly talented dancers and to see their excitement and energy grow with each new dance they learn. It’s been amazing to see these talented moms help put together the stage and props to help bring this production to life. We couldn’t have done it without the help of these generous people.”
The Times-Independent: What is your staff’s background, education and experience?
Pierce: “Some of our staff took ballet in college or have been classically trained through a studio. Several of the teachers have danced with dance companies just like ours since they were small children. Many of them danced on the GCHS Devilettes Drill Team while they were in high school. We even have a teacher who was a cheerleader in college.”