Border City Dance Company’s “Storybooks” Drive-In Theatre Experience Brings “Fairy Tale Legends” To Life

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.

Snow White, Border City Dance Company Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends

Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience cast member in the role of Snow White dancing on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Mad Hatter, Border City Dance Company Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends

Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience cast member in the role of The Mad Hatter dancing on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Mickey and Minnie from D&D Mascots

Mickey and Minnie from D&D Mascots make a special appearance during Border City Dance Company’s original production, Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

“ 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.

Peter Pan, Border City Dance Company Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends

Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience cast member in the role of Peter Pan dancing on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Elsa, Border City Dance Company Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends

Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience cast member in the role of Princess Elsa dancing on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

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.

Cruella De Vil, Border City Dance Company Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends

Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience cast member in the role of Cruella De Vil dancing on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

“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.”

Alice, Border City Dance Company Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends

Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience cast member in the role of Alice dancing on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Director: Melissa Williams

Choreographers: Kaitlin Mackie, Brandon Soto, Melissa Williams

Set Design: Stacy Donnelly

Musical and Technical Director: David Michael

Dancers:
Ellise Robson
Bria Jones
Hailie Kelly
Jacob Dethomasis
Ciara Remigio
Cristian Lafleur
Rachel Jones
Ava Schifanelli
Katelyn Garrick
Abby Gorgerat
Emma Ion
Megan Garrick
Hailey Boyko
Ava Soucie
Isabelle Soucie
Toni Stramacchia
Neriah Smith
Julia Tregasskiss

Puppy During Border City Dance Co Show

Cruella De Vil holding a cute Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix puppy named Lexi while she is making a special appearance during Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Youth Dancers Border City Dance Co. Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends

Border City Dance Company’s Storybooks Fairy Tale Legends Drive-In Theatre Style Experience cast members dancing on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Sat. Mar. 13, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

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