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‘Snow White’ poised to dance across Decatur High School stage

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 7, 2014

Almost 200 young dancers will bring “Snow White” to life on stage in Decatur next weekend.

Non Stop Rehearsals

NON-STOP REHEARSALS – McKenzie May (left), who is Snow White in this year’s ballet, warms up with other advanced dancers at Wise Dance Center Wednesday afternoon. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Wise Performing Arts Guild is poised to present its annual ballet featuring the students from Wise Dance Center and the talents of artistic director and choreographer Karen Brown and assistant director Jessica Browning.

Performances at the Decatur High School theater are 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15.

Advanced dancers audition competitively for the lead roles and dedicate nine months of class and rehearsal time to the performance. In addition to 180 dancers, the performance also includes the work of 125 volunteers and 25 tech and crew members.

This season the guild contracted for original music scores, written solely for “Snow White.” Like always, the choreography is original, interpreted by Smith and Browning and created in consideration of specific dancers’ strengths and the mood of each scene.

A third performance was added this year, and for the first time, the guild is offering a Senior Care Resident Attendance Program and have given complimentary tickets to some residents from local nursing facilities. Guild members said it was a way to give back to the community and reach out to people who previously supported fine arts but are no longer able to do so.

To purchase tickets, email wpagticketcenter@gmail.com or stop by Wise County Title Co., 405 W. Park St., in Decatur. For the first time, live streaming tickets are also available for purchase.

WPAG board members include President Cindy Wood, Vice President Lynette Winters Shaw, secretary Vicki Niblett, vice president of finance Annette Wiley and board member Carol Creswell. Officers are volunteer coordinator Rachel Lowry, historian Lauren Cox and treasurer Summer Johnson.

The guild was also recently honored by the Texas Commission on the Arts with a matching grant in the rural arts category.

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