The Earagail Arts Festival is issuing a call to ballroom dancers in the North West to dust off their dance shoes and get ready for the spotlight. Leading Irish director Michael Scott wants local people to take part in his production of “Dancing at the Ballroom of Romance” and to work alongside the cast, led by Mary McEvoy.
Michael Scott says the show recalls a time when every country community in Ireland had a ballroom “within reach of every bachelor boy and hope-filled girl, no matter how distant their farm or homestead.” But this is no ordinary theatre show, and you will be asked to don your finest Saturday night threads (from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s of course), and transport yourself back in time as Ramelton Town Hall Theatre is transformed into a classic dancehall, complete with festoon lighting and live band.
The performance combines theatre, music and dancing and you can be part of the act or simply enjoy this uniquely nostalgic piece of theatre. From the original acclaimed production by City Theatre, Dublin and the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, this is a very Donegal take on the dancehall phenomena and ballrooms where love blossomed.
The director plans to spend over four weeks rehearsing a local community cast to join the professionals before opening night on 4th July. So if you know your foxtrot from your cha-cha then get in touch. Michael Scott will be hosting an information session at Ramelton Town Hall theatre on Saturday 16th May 2009 at 2pm to answer any questions and register those interested. If you can’t make this date please contact Earagail Arts Festival office on 0749168800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.