Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Inside Out Dance Company Dancers Featured in “Lincoln: The Musical”

Inside Out Dance Company Dancers Featured in “Lincoln: The Musical”
Dancers from The Inside Out Dance Company, under the direction of Brenda Ingrid Cromwell Hall, were recently featured in the Drama Circle’s production of “Lincoln: The Musical” by Michael Riccards and directed by Genevieve Fraser. The Inside/Out Dance Company is the year-round performing company of The Dance Studio, located at 5 South Main Street in Orange MA, which has been inspiring dancers in the North Quabbin region since 1977.  

“Lincoln: The Musical” opens and closes in Ford Theater.  The opening featured Jack Arnot as Senator Butterworth singing the 19th century Irish ballad, “The Last Rose of Summer,” a personal favorite of Abe and Mary Lincoln.  Each night a different “rose” was selected to perform a ballet to the tune as the newly elected President Lincoln watched from the balcony.  The dancers were Marley Aldrich, Haleigh O'Reagan, Angie Price and Haley Jean.

In Act 2, the final scene opens with a red, white and blue clad dancer,         Courtney O'Regan, performing “en pointe” to Faust’s “The Soldier’s March,” a tribute to the Union victory in the Civil War, as the Lincolns arrive and are warmly greeted by an appreciate audience.  At the conclusion of the dance, O’Regan salutes the President and First Lady, and the play, “Our American Cousin” commences with John Wilkes Booth slowly ascending the staircase for the assassination.

Lincoln: The Musical” opened at the Orange Town Hall on July 7 and closed on July 15.  Though free to the public, performances were used as a fundraiser for the Town Hall Restoration Fund.  “Lincoln: The Musical” was  sponsored by the Drama Circle, the Performing Arts Division of Art for Life - CF Pals, and was funded, in part, by Heyes Forest Products, the Miller’s River Café and a grant from the Orange Cultural Council which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council.

For further information, contact the artistic director of the Drama Circle, Genevieve Fraser at Tel. (978) 544-1872 or email:

PHOTO CAPTION:  Pictured left to right (standing): Marley Aldrich, Courtney O'Reagan, Angie Price and Haley Jean Seated: Haleigh O'Regan

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