Nov. 21, 2002
CONTACT: Summer Wilhelm

EMU’s Symphony Orchestra, Dance Program
Perform “The Fantastic Toyshop” Ballet

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Dance Program and Symphony Orchestra will present the ballet “The Fantastic Toyshop” Friday, Dec. 6, Pease Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and children. Call the EMU Box Office, 734.487.1221.

“It’s a charming ballet with a lot of audience appeal,” said Sherry Jerome, EMU assistant professor of dance. “We hope to inspire students to pursue an area of the performing arts.”

“The Fantastic Toyshop,” a one-act ballet for the entire family, features guest artist Luis Domingez as the male can-can doll.

Dominguez performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem in New York City under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, and has toured extensively both nationally and internationally. He currently teaches at the Performing Arts School of Metropolitan Toledo.

The female can-can dancer will be played by Shannon McHale, a senior from Frasier, MI.

The ballet was choreographed by Jerome, former professional ballerina with the Saint Louis Ballet. Kevin Miller, professor of music, will conduct the orchestra, playing music originally composed by Rossini.

“The Fantastic Toyshop” will be presented with all new choreography and is appropriate for children of all ages.
For more information, contact Jerome at 734.487.7120, ext. 2711.