Joyce Matthies Dancers to give 44th end-of-year recital

Published 10:20 am Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Joyce Matthies Dancers will be exchanging “Gifts” as the theme for their end-of-the-year recital Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the box office from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and 30 minutes before each performance.

“Gifts” can be candy and flowers. Starting with Prince’s “Chocolate Box,” to Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond singing “You Don’t Send Me Flowers,” the beauty of ballet and the excitement of the footnotes tapping will be seen. “Gifts” can be so much more than the usual presents. “Friends” are important gifts. Some of the songs in this section are “Friendship,” “My Own Best Friend,” “A Friend Like Me” and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”

A smile can be a special gift. It doesn’t matter how young or how old. “Smiles” can make everyone happier. “When You’re Smiling,” “Never Smile At A Crocodile” and “Shadow of Your Smile” are some of the songs in this section. The last gift is “Life.” This gift is represented by songs such as “That’s Life” and “I’m Alive.”

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Seniors Sondra Ness and Whitney Walker will be featured. Joyce Matthies choreographed the show. Lighting is by Charles Boentgen and sound by Nick Gosen.

This is the dancers’ 44th presentation.