Students took stage in 'Midsummer Night's Dream'
Props and costumes, challenging choreography, lighting and backdrops, and extraordinary dancing brought magic to the production.
"We're so excited for audiences to take the journey with us to the fantastic world of "`A Midsummer Night's Dream,' " artistic director Ginna Ortiz said before the performance. "It's a beautiful show."
The New England Dance Theater counted on the talent of three high school seniors who have been part of the New England Academy of Dance and dance theatre family for years. Olivia Bochicchio, Julia Foster and Caroline Schau danced principal roles in the production.
Bochicchio, a New Canaan High School senior, starred as Queen Titania. She took her first ballet class at the New England Academy of Dance in the seventh grade.
"Because I started so late, I had to try extra hard to excel and eventually achieve the level of technique I have now. I couldn't have done it without dedicating myself to dance, and it's paid off," she said.
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In her personal take on Queen Titania, expressions and movements were of the utmost importance.
"I tried to build on my experience with my professional partner Oliver Greene-Cramer, who plays King Oberon, to perform a strong, but moving and romantic pas de deux," Bochiccio said. "I am honored and humbled to be dancing with him."
With professional dancer Andrew Claus, she allowed for a different experience, a more playful one, in their choreographed dance as Titania and Bottom.
"We considered what regal and ethereal qualities we have to portray as her attendants and we try to express it through our movements," they said. "We are all very close friends and have a lot of respect for one another as individual artists, so it is most fun and challenging."
Artistic director Frances Ortiz expressed a similar view.
"I am so proud of our girls' accomplishments. They rank as some of the highest achievers in our community, on stage and off," she said. "The endless perseverance they have showed over the years will no doubt make them successful in any field they choose."
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