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May 25, 2019

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A review: "Catapult": Enchanting, engaging, enthralling

Saturday night at The Freed Center

By Monty Siekerman

Review of "Catapult"

Enchanting, engaging, enthralling are three descriptions that can be used to describe "Catapult," the Homecoming show at the Freed Center that played to a full house on Saturday night.

Eight professional dancers performed behind a large screen with their shadows forming all manner of objects such as animals, chairs, hearts, and flowers. Appropriate music was selected to accompany the scenes. Some of the themes were four seasons, life's milestones, and bullies.

The ONU Dance Company of nine students presented the chapter titled Angel Heart. They did an exceptional job, just like the pros.

Choreography would be difficult to devise since the dancers appear quite different if they perform near or far away from the screen. And, how do you make the shadows of eight dancers look like birds, then have them move in a humorous way? Kudos to the choreographers for making this happen in a superb way.

"Catapult" was a unique experience for the audience, one they were pleased to see and experience. It was good to see a sold out house attend an event at the Freed Center.

Upcoming are "Angels in America," Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in the Stambaugh Theatre (the smaller stage in the building) and "Carrie, The Musical," based on a horror novel by Stephen King, Oct. 19-22.