Midwest City —
Don Mirault, who creates, produces and directs Kidz Roc with Kim and Talent on Parade, emailed Crawford after the Ada group’s performance and invited the Charlie Chaplin dance team to perform on July 27-28 in Branson.
“Everyone loved your routine,” Mirault wrote Crawford. “I can’t wait to see it.
“I want you to picture your routine on a professional stage with smoke, lighting and a video backdrop,” Mirault told Crawford in his email. ”We have three large video screens and we can alternate between stock footage that matches Charlle Chaplin to live footage shots of the dancers and we can do this on the fly.”
He told Crawford he wanted to provide her with information for students' parents so they could help make the decisions that would send the group to a very large stage at the Clay Cooper Theater in Branson.
The dancers would have to arrive by 8 a.m. July 26, but they can — with their parents' permission — financial help and a fundraising drive or two — learn their entrances and exits and see their lighting, video and special intro ahead of time.
“We will stage the bows at that time,” Mirault said.
The Saturday performance would be scheduled between 1-4 p.m. On Sunday, July 28, there will be one show only at 1 p.m.
Mirault told Crawford to let him know if the group can be in Branson, and he said his group will select 17 routines for the two-day event out of 10,000 acts.
He’s got 16 to go to fill out his slate.
Last year’s ticket prices were $28, with a three-show package around $70. The kids will also get a special rate on hotel rooms of $50 per room per night.
He said the dancers will also get a “real professional credit” for being in the show.
Crawford said the Ada dancers will repeat their performance for a local audience on May 18 at Hallie Brown Performing Arts Center at East Central University.”