Waco stages acting out this weekend with 7 new productions
STAFF PHOTO— ROD AYDELOTTE By CARL HOOVER firstname.lastname@example.org Waco stages will vibrate this weekend with dance, song and drama as no fewer than seven productions on local professional, college and high school theaters. Here’s an overview of what’s going on. n “Fall (And Recover) 2016,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, McLennan Community College’s Ball Performing Arts Center. $10, $8 for senior adults and students. Last year, McLennan Theatre presented its first dance concert in several years, organized by dance instructor Melissa Edwards and featuring both student dancers and choreography. Audiences and administrators liked what they saw. “I knew right away it was going to be repeated,” she said. Returning MCC sophomores expected it and spent the summer emailing Edwards with ideas for dances or music. The result goes onstage this week: about 30 dancers with short pieces that fall largely in contemporary dance, but with some musical theater, hip-hop, jazz/pop, even something that skirts performance art. This year’s “Fall (And Recover)” lacks the ballet and tap seen in last year’s concert, but with more solo works. Those who enjoyed the variety of the first “Fall” will see a similar diversity, Edwards said.
1487.73Much like last year, there's really only one number we're doing a lot of sewing for. It was supposed to be the Bollywood number but that got cancelled. Instead, Rowdy's Robot dance has become the crafty project. We ordered white coveralls for the eight dancers and we are washing and tea staining them so they are not brilliantly white. Next step is to add the robotic elements at the shoulder, elbow, and knee joints. I used black knit fabric to make the backgrounds and cut strips of multi-colored yarn of varying gauges and then used silver piping to sew them down to the knit. We're hopefully going to do six per dancer. The back of the coveralls will get a different number painted on in black. We're trying to make the robots look decayed and forgotten so there will be much distressing. I used lumbar support belts for the middles and we added the same yarn and piping technique for the wires. We eliminated the shoulder joints because we ran out of time to make 16 more of anything.