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Odyssey Dance Theatre is proud to announce the film version of the Company’s It’s A Wonderful Life stage production will be broadcast locally here in Utah on December 21st and 23rd in primetime from 8-9:30 pm on KMYU TV (Channel 12).
Odyssey Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager said, ”This version of the show was filmed during the height of the Covid 19 pandemic when all theaters were closed to live audience participation. Under strict COVID guidelines, we were able to film this timeless dance performance version based on the classic Jimmy Stewart holiday movie.”
He added, “As a big thank you to all who have supported Odyssey Dance Theatre over the years, we hope you will take the time to see this “Wonderful” production.
Set your DVR’s and grab some popcorn – live on TV December 21st and 23rd from 8 to 9:30 pm – Channel 12. Merry Christmas!”
Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Derryl, the creator of Thriller, It’s A Wonderful Life is based on the classic holiday film. Driven by circumstance to the point of no return, George Bailey gets the chance to see the world as it would have been without him, and he realizes his ordinary life is really extraordinary.
“This story has been one of my favorite movies of all time, and it was such a joy to be able to re-imagine it through dance. It has the look of a Broadway show, but the story is told through dance and the use of voice-overs very much like the film,” says Derryl. “An amazing team of artists collaborated on the production, including Sam Cardon, who wrote a moving, original score; Doug Ellis, whose fabulous scenic designs were expertly crafted by Lynn Clark at Scenic Service Specialists; costumes by Cheryl Yeager; and, of course, the phenomenal dancers of Odyssey Dance Theatre.”
Derryl collaborated with the Emmy-winning composer to create a full-length dance production. Sam recorded his sweeping score with a 99-piece orchestra in Prague, and Derryl created a truly delightful production – telling the story of George Bailey through numerous styles of dance, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom and even, when George sees the world as it would have been without him, Hip-Hop! The production captures the charm and sentiment of the movie but updates it (making it relevant as only Odyssey can) and shares this timeless American story in a unique and entertaining way.
The reviews in Salt Lake City were glowing: “Broadway Worthy!” – Salt Lake Tribune “A Perfect Gift!” – Deseret News
In these trying times, the world needs the universal message of hope and inspiration that is It’s A Wonderful Life!
Winner of Best of State in Dance for 17 years in a row; Best of State of all Arts and Entertainment 2007 and 2015; Best Choreographer 2009 Odyssey Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager; Best Individual Dancer 2010 Former Odyssey Associate Artistic Director/Principal Dancer Eldon Johnson; Best Individual Dancer 2012 Odyssey Associate Artistic Director/Former Principal Dancer Veronica Yeager; Best Individual Dancer 2013 Former Odyssey Principal Dancer Dayna Marshall; Best Individual Dancer 2021 Odyssey Principal Dancer/Dance Captain Darby Jones; Best Individual Dancer 2022 Odyssey Principal Dancer Laura Brick; and Best Youth Dance Group 2011 and 2012 Odyssey 2, Odyssey Dance Theatre performs to critical acclaim and standing ovations at home and on tour, nationally and internationally, and is proud to represent Utah on the world’s stage, most notably coinciding with the Beijing Summer Olympics.
March 2 to 12, 2022
Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center – Taylorsville
Evening Performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Odyssey Dance Theatre (ODT) Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager and his wife, Costume Designer and Costume Production Director Cheryl Yeager, have announced that this year’s Shut Up & Dance Spring Repertory Season will be Odyssey’s final spring offering, because they will be retiring and closing the doors to Odyssey Dance Theatre at the end of Thriller’s 26th Season this fall.
Odyssey will be celebrating by presenting 4 different programs in repertory. This final Shut Up & Dance will truly be one of the most amazing Odyssey Seasons ever, as they bring back some of Odyssey’s most popular and significant works from the last 28 years, and will certainly be a dance lover’s buffet, with something for everyone. Deseret News said, “Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Shut Up and Dance season only proves that it is a company to be taken seriously. Bravo!”
Shut Up & Dance is where the dancers and choreographers get to stretch their artistic muscle and really show off their abilities and different styles in smaller repertoire-style works. Derryl said, “We again stress accessibility but we are not afraid to explore more innovative choreographic styles of movement. The title says it all. Dance is an amazing form of expression that doesn’t require manuals and textbooks to understand. It communicates to all and across all boundaries.”
For all the details Shut Up & Dance offers this year, head to the Shut Up & Dance web page.
On Thursday March 31, 2016, show your generosity by using the Love UT Give UT online giving platform to connect with your favorite nonprofit organizations. This 24 hour event, hosted by the Community Foundation of Utah with the generous support of its sponsors, will offer hundreds of nonprofits the opportunity to raise millions of dollars. Every time you give, you are a philanthropist impacting the people and places of Utah that you hold close to your heart!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Dance Utah 2015 has been postponed until next year, 2016. We apologize if this has created any disappointments or difficulties for anyone. We know how much many of you love Dance and Dance Utah.
Please keep an eye out on our web site for news about next year’s Dance Utah at Alta.
WHAT IF YOU COULD HELP SHAPE UTAH’S FUTURE IN A SINGLE DAY?
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Love Utah Give Utah will raise money for nonprofits and schools through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to charitable causes. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by the Community Foundation of Utah with the generous support of sponsors, will offer hundreds of nonprofits the opportunity to raise millions of dollars.
Buy your tickets to Carmen at Kingsbury Hall during the ReduxNut-Cracker season and receive a 15% discount!
December 17-23, 2014
Odyssey Dance Theatre is proud to present the return of ReduxNut-Cracker! As they have successfully done to other great classics such as Giselle and Romeo and Juliet, to rave reviews from across the globe, ODT will bring The Nutcracker to life in the present day, with the original Tchaikovsky score reimagined and arranged in a pop/hip-hop style!
Imagine Clara, as the young lady whose imagination is inspired by the technological advances of today, is drawn into her smartphone to a magical world where Drosselmeyer drives a DeLorean, the soldiers are actually robots, and the gangsta mice have a hip-hop swagga.
If you’ve been to one too many Nutcrackers, then this is the one you will want to see—a reimagined, updated, visual feast full of surprises.
March 5-7, 2015
An ancient story – a modern twist! Carmen, as you’ve never experienced it before, set in the world of the reality TV dance competition, with an amazing mix of music, utilizing the best of Bizet and Contemporary Pop classics. Yes, this story of Love, Passion, Betrayal, Obsession and Revenge is an old one, but mirrored in today’s headlines. Odyssey Dance Theatre’s brand new version of Carmen will be a contemporary choreographic masterpiece!