The annual Alma Dance Show hit the stage and the air May 2-3 at the Alma PAC. A single set depicting an elaborate science lab filled the stage in every direction. The show centered around a mad scientist (played by theater teacher Dane Madsen) and his four young apprentices who are on a mission to create the most unique creatures possible.
A giant vat at center stage transformed objects into bigger and better things. Stuffed animals and dolls became life-sized, mystical creatures and ropes and chains took on extreme lengths. In â€śHoney I Shrunk the Kidsâ€ť fashion, two apprentices fell into the vat which spit out mini-me versions of the scientists who could dance just as well.
Acrobatic apparatuses allowed dancers to reach new heights with metal contraptions, silks, ropes and chains. Many of Almaâ€™s dancers received training from professional acrobats when a carnival troupe visited the district last year. That training was evident throughout the show as dancers climbed and contorted in jaw-dropping acrobatic performances. Dancers even used ropes downstage to swing over the first few rows of audience members.
The lighting design (by technical director Steven Sellers) added mystery and intrigue to the show. A standout number involved 5 dancers in costumes built from LED strips who were launched through the air and across the stage without a momentâ€™s notice.
More than 200 students in grades 7-12 performed in the show which was sponsored by new Alma business, the United Federal Credit Union. It was the first show directed by Brooke Brewer and Sara Murray. This is Coach Brewerâ€™s first year as the head dance instructor and Coach Murrayâ€™s first year teaching at Alma. The duo got the idea for the showâ€™s theme from the dance teamâ€™s hip hop competition number â€śItâ€™s Aliveâ€ť which was featured in the show and earned the team the title of 6A State Champions this fall.
The show was bigger and better than ever this year leaving the audience wondering, as they do every year, â€śwhat will they think of next?â€ť