In Class of '85, eight dancers portray the usual high school stereotypes - the spoiled princess, the cheerleader, the nerd, the jock, the rebel. As the audience is filing into their seats before the show, the dancers are mingling with the audience, totally in character. It was almost a little too realistic and started to give me an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach (I was in high school in the '80s and I have no desire to go back there!). Soon the principal (aka director/choreographer Regina Peluso) calls everyone to order and announces nominations for Prom King and Queen (the audience gets cast their vote at intermission). We follow these familiar characters through a school day, Saturday detention (similarities to The Breakfast Club and other '80s movies are intentional), and the all important Prom night. Short scenes with dialogue help to set the scene, but most of the story is told through dance. Company dances alternate with solo dancers, in which we get to know each character a little better, and see that they're more than how they're perceived. The choreography and the dancers (who are surprisingly good actors too) do a beautiful job of conveying all the angst, pain, confusion, uncertainty, and joy of being a teenager.
"Live music. Dance. Complimentary drinks. Like totally radical!" If that sounds good to you, head to the Southern Theater (the best dance venue in town) and take a little trip back to high school. It'll make you feel nostalgic or uncomfortable, depending on your high school experience, but either way it's a fun night filled with beautiful dancing that tells a familiar story (now through October 19, with discount tickets available on Goldstar).
|yes, I voted for the nerds - my people