Students dance their way to Vegas

February 18, 2009

by David Awalt

Calvary Baptist Church hosted its annual Dinner Theatre to raise money for this year’s college mission trip to Las Vegas, Nev.

The event was held Feb. 12-14, with a show each day, and all proceeds from ticket sales went toward the trip.

Stephanie Collins, a dancer for the production and a senior family and child studies major, said the event was a success for those producing and those watching.

“It’s exciting that so many people come from the community,” Collins said. “It lets people know that we are college students having fun and putting on an event to serve others.”

This year marks Calvary’s third Dinner Theatre, and the second year songs from Broadway plays were performed.

The event began with “Circle of Life” from the ever popular “Lion King,” which involved a plethora of colorfully dressed dancers.

Other songs performed by the cast were drawn from plays such as “Annie,” “Newsies,” “Footloose,” “Wicked” and many more.

Justin West, a junior communication design major, claimed the role of lead dancer in the play’s finale of “Footloose.”

West said he loved performing his dances in front of the audience and he thought people seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“[Dancing] is my passion and joy in life,” West said. “The best part by far though was when the crowd really got into the songs; I just fed off their energy.”

He admitted his favorite number to perform was “Footloose” because he had the lead and enjoyed having all eyes on him.

“The whole thing was a blast,” he said.
West said the dancers and producers have been preparing and learning the dances since the first week back after Christmas break.

Jeremy Lott, the leading role in the “Newsies” number and a senior speech communications major, and said he thought the event went well and was happy to see people enjoying themselves.

“It was good to see all of our hard work paying off,” Lott said. “It really helped us dance when people laughed or cheered for us.”

Lott later admitted his favorite number was “Newsies” because he was confident he did a good job.

Between the last two numbers, a video was played showing some of the places the group will be visiting during their upcoming mission trip.