Missouri University of Science and Technology may not be known for its dancers, but the S&T Ballet and Dance Club is preparing to put on quite the show.
The club, led by Aimee Snell, a senior mechanical engineering major, has been hard at work to turn their audience into children once again, and bring them to Neverland with their performance of “Peter Pan.”
“We really focus on children shows because we really want to get the community involved,” said Snell. “We are a student organization, obviously we want to get people on the campus involved, but the main reason we do kids shows like this is we want to get the whole Rolla community involved.”
Snell estimate one third of the audience for their shows is students, the other two thirds are members of the Rolla community.
Ballet, tap, jazz, and various other styles of dance will be featured in the performance.
The show opens in the nursery of the Darling home, with Mr. and Mrs. Darling (played by Addison Brown and Kathy Withrow) telling their eldest daughter, Wendy, that she needs to grow up — tomorrow.
All eyes will be glued to Wendy (played by Kailea Tilden) as she gracefully spins and leaps her way across the stage en pointe, before retiring to bed with her brothers, John and Michael Darling, played by Lindsey Schobert and Amanda Wilson.
While the children sleep, Peter Pan (Aimee Snell), his shadow (Krishawn Ridenhour), and Tinkerbell (Ashley Parker) make their appearance. They fight and roughhouse around the nursery until the children eventually wake. Peter Pan quickly teaches them to fly, and off to Neverland they go where they meet up with the lost boys, indians, and eventually Captain Hook (Bailey Manula) and his pirates.
Snell said members of the club have worked hard to make the show exciting for children of all ages.
The dance club has been taking the sword fighting scenes to new levels with help from the Missouri S&T Fencing Club.
“We are always looking for exciting factors,” said Snell.
Participation in the club isn’t limited to students, community member are also welcome to get involved. If you would like to join, visit mstballet.com for more information.
“Just compared to our first year, we have grown so much,” said Snell. “Our first year we only had 11 people, last year we had 16, this year we have 23. It is really awesome that we just keep growing.”
“We do fundraisers and ask that people who participate in the club help,” said Snell.
Money raised during the fundraisers go to help pay for the theater, props, costumes and other club-related expenses.
Page 2 of 2 - There will be three opportunities to see the show at Leach Theatre, March 1-2 at 7 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for S&T students, $7 for children, and $8 for adults.