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Dance Magic Performing Arts Center dancers to perform ‘Anastasia’ Feb. 11, 12

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Pictured from left to right. Back row: Morgan Williamson, Kendall Wyly, Claire Austin, Taylor Vaughn, Molly Leraris, Taylor Lindser. Middle row: Kenzie Jones, Sydney Stauffer, Tyler Beemon, Gabby Mullins, Sarah Tewes, Anna Seitz, Payton Carnes. Front row: Tenley Lindser, Joni Oliver, Noelle Spittler, Presley Hewitt. Not pictured: Jasmine Daniels, Lila Oliver, Kelley Jankowski, Allison Seitz, Claire Standley. (Submitted photo)

By Desiree Williams

Dancers from Dance Magic Performing Arts Center will travel to Paris to reunite Anastasia and her family on stage when they perform in  “Anastasia,” which opens at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Warren Performing Arts Center, 9500 E. 16th St.

“Anastasia” follows the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia who was orphaned as a child and, haunted by memories of her family, longs to find a way home.

Linda Rees, DMPAC owner and artistic director of the show, has wanted to produce “Anastasia” ever since Fox released the movie in 1997. Now, she has the perfect dancer to play the role.

“We base our ballets on my graduating seniors. It’s something that I do to gift back to them,” Rees said.

“This year, with this graduating senior, she’s just absolutely delightful as Anastasia,” Rees said of senior Sarah Tewes, who attends Herron High school.

Rees’ rendition will follow the Disney version, but with an added twist. Anastasia will travel all around the world to find her grandmother, instead of just staying in Paris.

“It gives our students an opportunity to not only train in the classroom, but then go ahead and take their dancing and make it artistic,” Rees said.

Gabby Mullins, a student at Fall Creek Jr. High, is excited to share their version of the story with the audience.

“I hope [people]can understand the story and how it’s told, and to understand and see that all of us have such a big passion for dance,” said Mullins, who plays a fairy.

The ballet consists of 60 dancers, including eight from Fishers and one from Carmel, all between ages 4 and 18.

Audiences can watch the ballet Feb. 11 or 12. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for those 10 to 17 and $10 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets, call DMPAC at 317-823-9117. For more, visit dmpac.net


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