Mercyhurst Dancers set stage for return of 'Tis the Season' tradition

MU Dance Department 'Tis the Season
The Mercyhurst University Dance Department will again present "Tis the Season" Dec. 7-9 in the university’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

"'Tis the Season’ is our holiday treat for Erie,” says Dance Department Chairperson Tauna Hunter. “We’re excited to offer dance especially for children and their families that will highlight all the delights of the holiday season.”

New this season will be “Babes in Toyland,” created by Melissa Bobick, the dance department’s newest faculty member. Set to an adaptation of Victor Herbert’s original score, it tells the story of two children on Christmas Eve who are drawn into Toyland. There they meet and dance with life-like toys but eventually discover that, while the toys are enticing and wonderful, being with their family is truly what the holiday season is about.

The Mercyhurst Dancers will also kick up their heels in “Santa’s Toy Shop,” complete with dancing elves, flying reindeer, tap-dancing soldiers, dolls and a cameo appearance by “you know who.”

The Liturgical Dance Ensemble, directed by C. Noelle Partusch, will perform the spiritually based “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, pre-concert 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. 8, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Mercyhurst campus. Tickets for the weekend performances are $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and students, $7.50 for President’s Cardholders, $5 for youths 12 and under, and $3.50 for Mercyhurst students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 824-3000.

A preview performance will also be offered Friday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. with all tickets selling for $5 (limited balcony seating only).
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