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Chamberlain Senior Company

Chamberlain Performing Arts Company shines onstage at “Celebrate Broadway!”

Chamberlain Performing Arts Company, Plano, TX, kicked off its 2010-2011 season with “Celebrate Broadway!” a tribute to some of the greatest Broadway shows of all time.

The show was a beautiful blend of song and dance. Chamberlain has a reputation for producing technically proficient and graceful ballerinas and I wasn’t disappointed. “Shall We Dance?” from The King and I and the “West Side Story Suite” from West Side Story were the show’s standouts. “Shall We Dance” was upbeat and fun with quick formation changes and strong leaps and turns. “West Side Suite” was a soft adagio piece performed on pointe. The romantic pas de deux was performed effortlessly by Mishie Marie Corn and Valentine Liberatore.

I also enjoyed seeing Patrick Briggs, Chuck Steelman and, wait for it…. Miss Texas Ashley Melnick (Ooh aah) entertain us with songs from My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Beauty and The Beast and my all time favorite A Chorus Line. With her dazzling smile and rich voice, Miss Texas made me fall in love all over again with My Fair Lady when she opened the show with “I Could Have Dance All Night.” She also made me laugh with her spirited rendition of “Nothing” from A Chorus Line.

I was also pleased to see other styles of dance including jazz and musical theater. The can-can inspired rendition of “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and The Beast was fun and flirty with quick foot work, straight kick lines and clean piques turns in a circle.

The greatest compliment a dancer can receive in my book is that they fully embodied the character of their piece. Chamberlain’s Senior Co. did just that in the final number. “One” from A Chorus Line was performed by eight members of the Senior Company and they brought the house down. I was a little worried about the upcoming kickline but the dancers surprised me with their in sync 90-degree kicks, straight backs and quick hat tricks. It’s not easy working with props, but these dancers made it look so easy and effortless. A true testament to their hard work and long hours of rehearsing. Well done ladies. Can’t wait to see these dancers perform again in Chamberlain’s production of “The Nutcracker” at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 26-28, 2010.


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