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November 27, 2013

Touring shows at ECU would make great Christmas gift idea

Ada —

A unique Christmas gift idea is being provided by East Central University where, for a single bargain price of $30, a ticket package can be purchased to see two touring shows at the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. 

On Jan. 24, Chicago Tap Theatre will perform, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and on March 6, Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451," will be staged by Aquila Theatre, also at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the ECU Box Office at 580-559-5751 or go to tickets.ecok.edu.

The acclaimed Chicago Tap Theatre will bring the Chicago Jazz Club experience to ECU, by recreating the sights and sounds of a smoke-filled Chicago supper club with internationally acclaimed dance works and music. Chicago Tap Theatre was founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Mark Yonally, an internationally acclaimed dancer with experience with the Bill Evans Dance Company and E.T.C. Yonally believed that the time was right for tap dance to expand its artistic horizons and formed a company with a mission to innovate tap dance while simultaneously helping preserve its rich history. 

Chicago Tap Theatre performed as a guest in numerous Chicagoland productions while also self-producing five full-length shows during its first three years, and produced its first three-show season in 2004.  Since then, CTT has toured cities in the south of France, worked with Bill Evans, told the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, performed numerous secular holiday shows and appeared at events including Lollapalooza, the Jazz Dance World Congress and the Ravinia Festival. 

The company’s works have included “Changes,” a science fiction tap dance opera set entirely to the music of David Bowie; “Mixology,” which incorporates a mixture of tap dance to live music; and a collaboration with comic book artist Andrew Pepoy (“Superman,” “X-Men,” “Fables”) for “The Hourglass in the Stop-Time Chronicles,” a tap opera with a comic book/superhero theme.

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