Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bezek to perform in ballet

December 27, 2007

Sarah Bezek of Baldwin City will be featured in the Slaughter on Fifth Avenue Ballet as the Music Theatre for Young People presents Rodgers and Hart's musical comedy "On Your Toes" at the Johnson County Community College Carlsen Center, Polsky Theatre, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park.

"There will be three performances: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:30 p.m.," said Cary Danielson Pandzik, Executive Director of MTYP. "More than 50 very talented Kansas City area youngsters, ages 13-19, are featured in the production."

"On Your Toes is filled with rip-roaring musical hi-jinks, a visiting Russian Ballet Troup, jazz and gangsters. Everything happens with this combination in this side-splitting musical comedy : a ballet due to be performed by the Russian Ballet is engulfed in hilarious backstage chaos, including a jealous male dancer and gangsters trying to pick off the leading man during the opening night performance. Of course it all has a happy ending with the "bad guys" apprehended and love in bloom.

"On Your Toes" was the first stage musical to feature jazz and ballet (the famous "Slaughter on Fifth Avenue Ballet") as a part of the story line and musical score. It was first produced in1936 and has had several revivals including one on Broadway in 1983 that ran for 505 performances.

The show includes some of Rodgers and Hart's most notable songs: "Slaughter on Fifth Avenue," "There's a Small Hotel," "Quiet Night," "On Your Toes," "It's Got to be Love," "You Took Advantage of Me" and others. The show has received many reviewer accolades as well as Tony and Drama Desk Awards, and the prestigious Theater World Award.

Pandzik said that tickets for "On Your Toes" are now on sale at the JCCC Carlsen Center box office or by calling 913-469-4445. Prices are $12, discounts for seniors, students and children. The show is rated "G."

Bezek is a student at Baldwin High School.

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