NORTH EAST — Cecil County may be quite a few miles away from Kansas — let alone Oz — but Cecil Dancenter’s upcoming performance of “The Wizard of Oz” aims to show that there really is no place like home.
The Cecil Junior Dance Troupe will be performing the time-honored classic in dance form at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Elkton High School.
Studio owner Tina Travers said choreographer Danielle Strange sought to tell the story that folks know and love, combined with lively dances.
“I think her vision was to bring the story to life through dance and movement, to make it fun for the audience and for the performers and very theatrical. Putting in elements of humor and drama and suspense, all those great elements that bring a story to life,” Travers said.
Tickets cost $15 each and can be purchased at the door.
Audiences will be swept away with Dorothy and Toto as they travel through Oz with their merry band of friends — The Scarecrow, The Tinman, and The Cowardly Lion — battle the Wicked Witch and venture to meet the Wizard of Oz himself in Emerald City.
The show will feature dances ranging from ballet to jazz to theatrical styles.
According to Travers, this is the group’s third time performing “Wizard of Oz,” and each time audiences show up in droves.
“It always brings a good crowd of people because everybody’s familiar with the story and the costuming is always so colorful with all the Munchkins and all the green in the Land of Oz,” she said.
While Travers doesn’t work directly with the dancers, she said Strange has relayed how proud she has been of the performers’ hard work that they’ve put into preparing for the show.
“I know their choreographer has been really impressed with how hard the kids have been working, their dedication to the rehearsals and dedication to practicing at home as well,” she said.
Travers also commended Strange herself for her dedication to the program, saying the choreographer commutes from Edgewood High School where she teaches, to Cecil Dancenter’s studio in North East for rehearsals every Monday, and back to Lancaster, Pa., where she lives.
“She’s very dedicated to our program and we really appreciate her, all of her travels, and choosing our studio to choreograph for … She’s got a real knack for choreography, so I just think it’s going to be a really great show,” Travers said.
Travers said audiences can expect a great performance by a young and talented cast.
“I definitely think people will leave in great spirits,” she said. “They’re going to see the performers, even though they’re young, with great acting ability and dance ability. They’ll be impressed with the colorful costumes and all of the great choreography.”