WHAT THE DICKENS! featuring The Cambridge Youth Dance Program
Cambridge Youth Dance Program (CYDP) and Producing Director Deborah Mason Dudley present a contemporary dance with a holiday twist, WHAT THE DICKENS!, for six performances December 14 - 17, 2017 at Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Now in its ninth season, Broadway veteran Leslie Woodies directs the highly-acclaimed CYDP dancers in an enchanting original production which tells Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol through the interweaving of classical ballet with tap, hip-hop, and more surprises. WHAT THE DICKENS! is a great show for the family both affordable and intimate. Performances are Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm (a special performance in honor of David Drummond) & 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm.Tickets are $30 (students/seniors/BDA) - $35. For more information and tickets visit, cydp.org or the direct link is https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103869. “Since its beginning as a 30-minute ballet, it is thrilling to continue to grow this production every year,” says Mason. “New this year, Boston Ballet alum Clyde Nantais will make his debut as Ebenezer Scrooge, an exciting new collaboration with the youth of Artists for Humanity to create the illustrations for the scenic projections, and the Saturday matinee performance will honor of ballet master and DMPAC teacher David Drummond.” The amazing roster of guest artists includes Sonali Sikder/Present Ghost, Yosi Karahashi/Future Ghost, Jenny Oliver/Mrs. Cratchit, and Ryan Casey/Mr. Cratchit with narration by Boston Herald Sports writer Steve Buckley. With original choreography and concept by David Drummond, other choreographic contributors include Ian Berg, Ryan Casey, Reia Briggs Connor, Adrienne Hawkins, Khalid Hill, Deborah Mason, Rocky Mendes, Jenny Oliver, Jeryl Palana Pilapi, and Leslie Woodies. The creative design team includes lighting designer Kayleigha Holten, sound designer Mateo ? and scenic illustrations by the youth from Artists for Humanity. “WHAT THE DICKENS! provides the aspiring dancers in the CYDP dance company an opportunity to work with professionals in the industry, and to perform in an evolving theatrical production. Above all, we love the dance’s positivity, and themes of empathetic humanity and the message of kindness and inclusion can be the force that heals,” she says. “That is the message we want to keep sending.” CYDP is a supportive network which provides multiple opportunities for dancers and the community. Transcending the notion of "pre-professional training," CYDP uses dance as a platform to increase self-esteem, focus, teamwork, and creativity. CYDP opens its auditions to boys and girls, ages 10-20. Once accepted, students place into appropriate levels based on performance and focus; all new and returning dancers must audition for the company each year. Many CYDP dancers are mentored and supported throughout the audition process by CYDP staff. Many have gone on to professional careers appearing in music video with Janet Jackson and Beyonce among many others. They have also appeared in major tour productions from EVITA to BILLY ELLIOT to major motion pictures. For more information on CYDP alumni visit www.cydp.org.