The Cat In The Hat: A Fish Bowl With A View by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

With the magic of theater, this favorite bedtime story is so much more. Ludwig’s direction plays with perspective brilliantly. The audience gets a chance to see the world from inside the fish bowl, hear The Cat’s Appalachia banjo playing for a moment, from his point of view, as a beautiful Latin Ballad and experience Thing 2′s joy ride on a kite string in slow motion. We “SNAP” back to the page when sound effects get projected, in true Seussian fashion, above the action. Continue reading The Cat In The Hat: A Fish Bowl With A View by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

The Trey McIntyre Project by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

You can tell a lot about a company by how they run together. If the steps are out of sync or tentative, the execution of the choreography probably is as well. When The Trey McIntyre Project runs across the stage it is powerful. They have the drive of a pack of wolves and are as precise as a school of fish. The strides aren’t thrown away. They have meaning and are a cohesive act that represents the dancers are united in this experience. Continue reading The Trey McIntyre Project by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

Bridgman/Packer: A Company of Three by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

I have seen video used in dance work before, but never like this. The images aren’t just pretty pictures used as background, taking up space or creating a mood. They are the environment in which the performers exist. The pool of projections is the landscape the performers interact with and the repeated images of the dancers make up an entire company. The illusion is so great that much of the time the audience can’t discern which bodies, or body parts, are physically on stage. Continue reading Bridgman/Packer: A Company of Three by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

Off The EDGE: A Celebration of Movement in Atlanta Day 1 by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

The maiden Off the EDGE voyage began on Fri. 27, 2012. It went well but not without growing pains. The lineup was diverse, interesting and had a little something for everyone. The companies came from NY, Seattle, LA and of course from our humble city. But there were lots of little technical glitches and program snafus that made the evening stutter along. The performances, however, were engaging enough to pull the audience back into the action on the proscenium. Continue reading Off The EDGE: A Celebration of Movement in Atlanta Day 1 by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

It wouldn’t be the holidays without Drosslemeyer’s magic, Mouse King, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a little girl with a Nutcracker Prince. I have to admit that is has been a long time since I’ve actually participated in the Yuletide ritual.  … Continue reading Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

The Nutcracker Nashville Style by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

I love a town with pride and feel that Nashville Ballet told the classic holiday tale, but also took the opportunity to pay homage to their fair town. This version of the story takes place in 1897 at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer stroll through the international vendors and buy a little Nutcracker doll from a German toy maker. Continue reading The Nutcracker Nashville Style by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

How does one know the holidays are coming? We begin with the act of reading the classic book by Dr. Seuss to the little ones before bedtime. Then, we all sit around the TV to enjoy the half hour special narrated by Boris Karloff. The Ron Howard movie with Jim Carrey portraying the main character is also an option. On top of all that… Atlanta gets to enjoy a live interpretation of the story at the fabulous Fox Theater this year. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m talking about that squirmy green guy, with a tiny heart, who tries to ruin Christmas for everyone, The Grinch. Continue reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully