As the THON weekend comes to a close on Feb. 17, there’s one more reason to keep dancing. Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” will come to Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. the same night.
This production is focused on Irish dancing and was created and directed by Flatley in the 1990s.
The show has two touring casts, one for shows typically in North America and South America, and a second in Europe, Zoltan Papp, a lead dancer in the show, said.
The show is built on dance, but also encompasses singers and musicians, Papp said.
Papp plays the role of Don Dorcha, the bad guy of the show, he said. There are four lead roles, a good guy and a bad guy and their respective girlfriends, Papp said.
“It’s a very basic story [of] a fight between good and evil [where] the bad is challenging the good,” he said.
“Lord of the Dance” has undergone some changes recently, Papp said.
“[The show is] very up to date. It’s got brand new sets [and] new costumes,” Papp said. “If [people] have seen ‘Lord of the Dance’ before, they can expect something different. Even people who have seen it before should come. It’s going to give them a brand new experience.”
Dancers of all styles can come out and see a different style of art in the Lord of the Dance show.
“Versatility is very important in dance, especially if you want to pursue it as a career,” Allison Chambers, a member of the Penn State Lionettes, said.
Chambers (sophomore-nutrition) said performers should be prepared to learn all styles of dance.
President of Penn State’s Urban Dance Troupe Kirk Delacruz also said that it is important to support and learn about different kinds of dance.
“In our dance team, we try to incorporate different [types of dance]. Even though we do hip hop, we have done ballet and jazz,” Delacruz said.
Tickets are on sale and are $58.25 for orchestra and grand tier and $48.25 for balcony seats. Discounts from $58.25 to $52.65 and from $48.25 to $43.65 will be given to groups of 15 or more.