The plot synopsis is printed in the program for those of you who, like me, are more literal minded and like to know precisely what's going on. Or you could choose to not read it and just let the story wash over you in a flurry of belted out songs and twirling skirts. The characterization and plot is clear enough in the dance that you'll get the idea of the story either way. In this case the story involves soldiers returning to Paris after WWI, and the women they left behind who now have to pick up the pieces and carry on if their men don't return. Nightclub owner Sebastian (Michael Hanna) was injured in the war and can no longer dance, which understandably puts him in a foul mood. He reopens the club with the help of his friend Marco (Cameron Meilicke) and hires some new dancers after a charming A Chorus Line-like audition scene. New dancers include newly widowed Donna (Heather Cadigan Brockman) and her somewhat less graceful sister Juliette (Andrea Mislan), who first works as a waitress until thrown into the dance line. It's rough going at first with some clashing of ideas and personalities, but it's a dance musical, so everyone makes up (and a couple falls in love) in time for the final dance number.
|Heather Cadigan Brockman and
Andrea Mislan (photo courtesy of COLLIDE)
I don't know enough about dance to speak intelligently about it, except to say the dancing is fun to watch, character-defining, and conveys the emotions of the story. Heather Cadigan Brockman as Donna is particularly cool, confident, and elegant in a way that makes me want to be her.
|the cast of La Petit Moulin (photo courtesy of COLLIDE)
La Petit Moulin continues at the Ritz through May 7 - check it out if you like your dance with a little theatricality, or your theater with a little (lot) dancing. (Discount tickets available on Goldstar.com.)