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Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

A Lincoln Park original entertains with classic Rodgers and Hammerstein

March 1, 2010

MIDLAND, Pa.— Beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein music combines with talented dancers and live music for an exciting evening of entertainment in "Shall We Dance?" at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.

With ground-breaking choreography, innovative staging and a unique approach to live music, "Shall We Dance?" features favorite music and dance from classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals like "Oklahoma!", "The King and  I", "Carousel", "The Sound of Music", "State Fair", "South Pacific" and "Cinderella".

Lincoln Park's "Shall We Dance?" will run March 5 – 7.  Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20, $15 and $12, and may be purchased in person or by phone at the Lincoln Park box office, 724.643.9004.

The show has dances from each Rodgers and Hammerstein show and features students and recent graduates from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School and Henry Mancini Arts Academy.  Each musical number within the show has its own compliment of cast members, and was choreographed by a faculty member at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School.

"The music is presented featuring with two of our Steinway pianos on stage and a small percussion compliment.  Our music director, Kathleen Billie, did special music arrangements for all the orchestrations.  In addition, the LPPACS Steel Drum band and Women's Choir will perform." said Gavan Pamer, Lincoln Park's artistic director and director for "Shall We Dance?".

Costumes were designed and made by Kim Brown of Pittsburgh's Spotlight Costumes, who also made the costumes for Lincoln Park productions of "The King and I," "Ballet du Bond," "Peter and the Wolf" and "My Fair Lady."

The performers will be familiar to patrons of Lincoln Park shows. The cast from "Small House of Uncle Thomas" reprises the ballet from "The King and I".  Amber Nicole, recently Anna in "The King and I" dances the role of Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific."  "The Sound of Music" features Kelsi Darby as Maria and Keith William as Captain von Trapp.  Senior Alexa Wiegel dances the role of Margy Frake in "State Fair" and Anna Kerr is Laurey in "Oklahoma!."  Newcomers Liza Torrence and Anthony Sardello perform as Louise and Enoch Snow in "Carousel."  Cinderella is Savannah Spratt and her Prince Charming is Ben Belhumeur.

About Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (www.lppacs.org) is a Pennsylvania public school providing a state-approved academic program and pre-professional training for grades 7-12 in music, theater, dance, creative writing, health science arts and media arts. The school enrolls students from more than 65 surrounding school districts.

Media Contact: Fred Miller, communications coordinator, fred.miller@nndsonline.org