Mercyhurst dancers to stage new holiday concert, ‘Tis the Season’


The Mercyhurst College Dance Department has added a new holiday concert to its schedule this year, presenting “’Tis the Season” Dec. 9-11 in the college’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

“‘Tis the Season’ is our holiday treat for Erie,” says Artistic Director Tauna Hunter. “We’re excited to do something especially for children and their families that will highlight all the delights of the holiday season.”

The Mercyhurst Dancers will jazz it up in “Santa’s Toy Shop,” complete with dancing elves, flying reindeer, tap-dancing soldiers, dolls and a cameo appearance by “you know who.” “The Skaters” will dance skate patterns in duos, trios and ensembles that create an ambience of outdoor holiday magic to the music of Giacomo Meyerbeer.

The Liturgical Dance Ensemble, directed by C. Noelle Partusch, will perform the spiritually based premiere “A Multitude of Angels,” choreographed to excerpts from J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.”

The icing on the event will include a festively decorated theatre lobby, holiday music, and costumed dancers greeting the audience before and after each performance for photo opportunities and a special treat from Saint Nick for each child.

Performances of “’Tis the Season” are slated for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Mercyhurst campus. Tickets for the weekend performances range from $5 to $15.50 and can be purchased by calling 824-3000. Mercyhurst students will be admitted for $3.50.

A preview performance will also be offered Friday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. with all tickets selling for $5 (limited balcony seating only). 

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