‘The Show Must Go On’ despite the pandemic: Sumter Civic Dance Company will perform its 1st concert at Patriot Hall in more than a year

BY IVY MOORE
Arts and culture contributor

It is really been rather a even though considering the fact that the Sumter Civic Dance Company has executed on its “home stage” at Patriot Corridor. In actuality, Govt Director Andrea Freed-Levenson explained, the corporation gave the very last concert there ahead of the pandemic forced the location to cease internet hosting general public performances.

That will modify on Friday and Saturday evenings when the group offers its yearly spring live performance, aptly titled “The Present Should Go On.”

“The dancers are so fired up to be carrying out for an viewers all over again,” Freed-Levenson claimed.

Whilst safety actions will however be noticed in the auditorium – Patriot Hall has taken steps to enhance the protection of the firm and audiences – the general public live performance signals that normalcy could be in reach.

Freed-Levenson has choreographed most of the items in this show, joined by typical choreographers Andrea Govier, Erin Levenson Harms, Toni Cray and Tia Robinson.



The spring live performance attributes the business in a extensive selection of dance variations, and the tunes also differs, with jazz, ragtime, rock, Latin, Broadway and extra. Opening the live performance will be Smokey Joe’s Café, which characteristics classic rock ‘n’ roll by Leiber and Stoller. Music from “Magnificence and the Beast” follows.

Freed-Levenson mentioned the viewers will see lyrical, pointe, modern day, ballet and other types. “Hot Honey Rag” options new music from “Chicago,” with a potent drum defeat and only the dancers’ toes visible, and Queen’s audio drives the choreography in the title piece, “The Display Muse Go On,” which capabilities the lyrics “Vacant areas, what are we living for, abandoned locations … , also a fitting lyric for the COVID-19 era.

Van Morrison’s “Moondance” is the songs for the company’s tap dance, choreographed by Freed-Levenson and executed by Torrie Chapman, Anna Collins, Toni McCray and Annie Beth Williams.

Some thing new for the firm is a piece choreographed by Harms to spoken phrase – Joe Biden’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” penned and read by the youthful poet Amanda Gorman.

The Apprentice organization will dance “Ballin’ the Jack” and “Rescue.”

The business will be in costume as dolls in “Dolls Dilemma,” and the Freed School Teen Enterprise will dance to Minimal Mix’s “Wings,” a hip hop piece choreographed by Govier.

The company’s seniors often choreograph a piece for the spring concert, and this year Gracie Hudson and T.J. Warren have choreographed “Wake Up” by Julie and the Phantoms, which they will also complete. Govier and Robinson have collaborated on the choreography for Macklemore’s “The Ceiling Are not able to Hold Us,” carried out by the Freed University Health and fitness center Crew.

Various other pieces are showcased in the concert, which ends with the present-day dance “Make Your Troubles Go Away,” sung by Audra Working day. Freed-Levenson choreographed this piece and “Change the Defeat All-around,” with its Latin defeat by Gloria Estefan.



The Sumter Civic Dance company will present “The Show Will have to Go On” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Patriot Corridor, 135 Haynsworth St. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be acquired only from Freed Faculty of Carrying out Arts, 527 N. Guignard Push, in individual or by cellular phone – (803) 773-2847 – with a important credit score card. Even though no tickets will be marketed at Patriot Corridor, tickets reserved by cellphone can be picked up at the box business office on the night of the general performance.

Audience associates are asked to use masks and comply with prescribed safety safeguards. The auditorium is presently established up for social distancing.