Border City Dance Company just wrapped up the second weekend of their drive-in theatre style dance showcase, “Storybooks: Fairy Tale Legends.” This original production featuring local youth dancers brings popular fairy tale characters to life on an outdoor stage thrilling audiences of all ages as they watch from inside their vehicles. Final performances are set for this weekend, Mar. 26-28.
After thrilling audiences with their inaugural production, “The Spirit of Christmas,” the dance troupe returned to the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall and Platinum Room Banquet Hall, 2418 Central Ave, Windsor, ON. Audience members simply pull up to the newly enlarged and renovated outdoor stage in the parking lot (at the rear of the building), tune into a designated FM radio frequency to hear music and voice overs that coincide with the cast’s performance, and watch safely from the comfort of their vehicles.
Once stage renovations were complete and it was ready for it’s debut, set designer/event manager Stacy Donelly skillfully transformed it into a magical world of forest-like decor, brilliant lights, castle-like pillars and subtly placed candle sticks that looked like it came straight out of a nothling less than a land of fairy tales.The remarkable cast, which on the night we went (Sat. Mar. 13) included Snow White, The Evil Queen, The Mad Hatter, Peter Pan, Alice, Cruella De Vil, Princess Elsa, and Mickey and Minnie from D&D Mascots, dazzled the audience.
“ These kids learned the show virtually with only two in person rehearsals to pull it all together,” says Melissa Williams, Director/Choreographer, “that’s pretty impressive!“
Each night features a different lineup of fairy tale characters so every show is different. Additional characters, according to the production’s Facebook event page, include Maleficent, Captain Hook, Cinderella, Willy Wonka, and Tinker Bell.
A graduate of St. Clair College, Williams is the owner and founder of Border City Dance Company and highly sought after in the entertainment industry. Her professional career spans over 25 years. Her credits include, locally, the opening ceremonies for the International Children’s Games, internationally she has worked on countless Hollywood films, American Music Awards, The Oscars, Broadway and with celebrities such as Prince, George Michael and Madonna.
William’s dance company is a one of a kind performance, dance and production experience. Company members are guided through the process of creating a show from the ground up, from conception to completion. The company members ranging in ages 11-22 are responsible for selecting and creating their own characters , choreographing their own solos and duets and learning production choreography from the company choreographers and directors.
“We see a future in outdoor events and hope to continue pioneering new ways to entertain people,” says David Michael, General Manager RockStar Music Hall. “We also believe our property is ideal for summer festivals especially with RockStar Music Hall and Platinum Room directly on the grounds. Our onsite amenities include engineering, production equipment, catering, and event management, making the process of organizing an event easier and more cost effective. RockStar Music Hall and Platinum Room are proud to partner with Border City Dance Company.”
Director: Melissa Williams
Choreographers: Kaitlin Mackie, Brandon Soto, Melissa Williams
Set Design: Stacy Donnelly
Musical and Technical Director: David Michael
Final performances of Storybooks: Fairy Tale Legends take place on March 26, 27 & 28. All shows are 25 minutes long, space is limited to 10 vehicles pers show, there is no physical contact, tickets are per vehicle and must be purchased in advance. For complete details or to purchase tickets please visit https://rockstarplatinum.com/storybooks.php