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The Lookout | November 26, 2014

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Music royalty celebrated through dance

Music royalty celebrated through dance
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Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor

 Audience members in Dart Auditorium were in the presence of royalty on Sunday, April 6.  No, this wasn’t the Queen of England, but rather, the Kings & Queens of music.

Iconic staples from some of the most legendary performers in the history of rock ’n’ roll were brought back to life.

The LCC Performing Arts Department presented Kings & Queens, a dance performance celebrating the King of Rock ’n’ Roll-Elvis Presley, the Queen of Soul-Aretha Franklin, and Freddie Mercury of the British rock-band, Queen.

The hour and a half long performance opened up with Queen’s infamous “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Dancers, adorned in black sequin dresses, holding candles performed a haunting set of songs by Queen, including “Who Wants to Live Forever.”

Guest dancers Roberta Otten and John MacDonald performed a bouncy playful number to Queen’s “Seaside Rendezvous.”  Audiences enjoyed an energetic performance of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” before intermission.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s musical contributions came to lifeby a romantic dance from Amanda Green and Josh Smith to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”

Female dancers took the stage to honor the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin’s unforgettable “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was performed by Victoria Davis, Amanda Green, Christina Lain and Sarah Padilla.

Dancer Sarah Padilla has been studying at LCC for five semesters. She spoke about how excited she was to be a part of the program.

“I did not participate in last year’s show so this is my first show,” Padilla said. “But everyone that I worked with has been phenomenal. The choreographers, the crew, the cast members, the directors, everybody was so cooperative.”

The large production required plenty of hands and feet to make the event a success. The cast of 25 included many LCC students, veteran guest performers, and Everett High School students.

“We had an amazing audience every night and everyone loved the show,” said Director, Vickie Diebold.

Director Diebold had her work cut out for her, holding two days of auditions, choosing choreographers, and working with the costumers and lighting designer.

Everyone’s hard work paid off and the final performance of Kings & Queens Dance concert was performed in front of a near full house at Dart Sunday afternoon.

“The dancers this year were a fantastic group to work with,” Diebold said. “We had a lot of fun and they put on an awesome show!”

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