King’s Theatre has record three days for dance performance
Wayne Boucher and Terry Roscoe in Dancing in the Third Act.
By Sheila Duggan
Two sold-out evenings and one packed matinee make “Dancing in the Third Act” the most successful dance event for the Annapolis Royal venue
Twelve Annapolis Valley seniors and their visionary choreographer were certainly rewarded for the long hours spent in class and rehearsal when Dancing in the Third Act packed King’s Theatre for three performances, August 23, 24, and 25. The Company of Angels, all previously untrained dancers, spent their summer with creator Randy Glynn, as they honed their dance skills for a performance which underscored life experience over athletic prowess.
Their performance was greeted with immediate and spontaneous standing ovations at all three shows. “I thought it was wonderful,” said audience member Sharon Reid. “I loved the variety of movement in the pieces and the seamless way the dancing shifted from humour to poignancy.” Reid, a teacher at Clark Rutherford Memorial School in Cornwallis, hopes to share some of the ideas she took away from the performance with her students, as they work on their next drama production this school year.
King’s Theatre general manager Geoff Keymer echoed the audience response with his summation of the performance: “Absolutely brilliant! I am astonished.” Theatre staff was kept busy in the days leading up to the event, fielding calls and filling ticket orders. “We had inquiries from all over the province – Antigonish, Lunenburg, Yarmouth and Halifax,” he said.
Keymer, a participant in the Atlantic Presenters Association’s Atlantic Moves program, created to bring more contemporary dance touring to the Atlantic region, hopes that the enthusiastic reception to Dancing in the Third Act will encourage more people to attend dance performances presented by the theatre.
The intense work over the summer, the performances on stage and the overwhelming response of the audiences have made a huge impact on the dancers and their choreographer.
“This dance company has reconnected me with the joy of moving, the satisfaction of discipline, and the pleasure of sharing it all with good friends,” said Terry Roscoe. Her dance partner and husband Wayne Boucher was also deeply affected by the experience. “Randy said during rehearsals, ‘This is not what normal people do everyday.’ Like great art, Dancing in the Third Act takes us beyond the normal into a different sphere where joy, pathos, humour, and the flaws of our own fragility as humans are connected and communicated in the commonality of shared experiences between the audience and performers.”
For Choreographer Randy Glynn, the experience was as exceptional as it was rewarding. “I think it rare that one has the experience of an idea working out beyond one’s wildest imagination. Dancing in the Third Act was such an idea. The whole journey was an exciting and unique thrill from the first class to the last show. That we also made a funny, provocative, moving, and maturely dignified work of art is pure gravy.”
Dancing in the Third Act was a co-production of The Company of Angels with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, and King’s Theatre. It was funded, in part by Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The production was part of Annapolis Royal’s eight-day arts and culture festival, ARTs Unleashed!, which ran from August 17 through 25.