Performers: Doug Dachelet, Shelly Emmer, Maddie Forrest, Darren Johnson, Molly LeCaptain, Keri Salscheider, Maria Sausen. With Bob Balsley, guitar; Barb Hinnendael, keyboard; Jeff Hinnendael, drums; Ryan Sette, bass. Plus 40 dancers from The Dance Company of
“Greased Lightnin’” – Darren Johnson, Doug Dachelet
“There are Worse Things I Could Do” – Shelly Emmer
“We Go Together” – Ensemble, dancers
“A Way Back to Then” – Molly LeCaptain, dancers
“When You Wish Upon a Star” – Doug Dachelet, dancers
“There is Nothing Like a (Packers) Game” from “There is Nothing Like a Dame” – Doug Dachelet, Darren Johnson
“Let It Go” – Shelly Emmer
“Find Your Grail” – Maria Sausen
“True Colors” – Maddie Forrest, dancers
“If I Were King of the
“Loathing” – Maria Sausen, Maddie Forrest
“Defying Gravity” – Molly LeCaptain
“Ease on Down the Road” – Darren Johnson, Ensemble, dancers
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – Dance feature to Randy Newman recorded song
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Doug Dachelet
“Seasons of Love” – Ensemble, dancers
“Without You” – Keri Salscheider
“Hold On” – Maddie Forrest
“My Old Liver” from “
“How Could I Ever Know” – Maria Sausen
“My Girl” – Doug Dachelet, Darren Johnson, dancers
“I Am Telling You” – Molly LeCaptain
“The Rose” – Shelly Emmer
Miserable Lester the Magnificent comedy bit – Darren Johnson
“I Dreamed a Dream” – Shelly Emmer
“Stars” – Doug Dachelet
“On My Own” –
“Bring Him Home” (military tribute) – Darren Johnson
“One Day More” – Company, dancers
Songs that seemed like the proverbial “tough act to follow” were followed by other strong performances. One sample: Molly LeCaptain fired up the gospel heat of “I Am Telling You,” with intensity smoldering as she left the stage. (Molly LeCaptain in essence was reporting back on her progress, having gone on to the professional theater ranks in the
Other outstanding segments:
- Darren Johnson as The Cowardly Lion of “The Wizard of Oz” doing up “If I Were King of the
- Doug Dachelet as Javert, the obsessed pursuer of “Les Miserables,” swearing by the stars that he will get his quarry. Headlong determination pulsed through Dachelet’s voice, which earlier delivered a sweet note to end “When You Wish Upon a Star.” What a huge difference in the significance of the stars.
- Company members not being flustered by technical troubles. When the battery on the headset of Maddie Forrest started to fail early into a song, audio meister Dan Collins rushed to the stage with a hand-held microphone, and Maddie Forrest continued through “Hold On” seemingly unaffected. Along the way, other young singers Maria Sausen and Keri Salscheider made do with sharing a microphone.
Daddy D’s use of young, vibrant singers adds a fresh element to songs, and “Broadway” had more youth power in The Dance Company presence – one highlight being eight little girls in sweet costumes of pastels dancing to “True Colors.” By the way, Daddy D presented a check to the troupe for $2,000 for its fundraiser appearance.
The performance may have been for one night only, but it will have lasting impact.
AHEAD: “Radio Days (’40s, ’50s, ’60s),” Sept. 5, 11-13; “Shake Rattle & Riverside (’50s),” Oct. 23-24, 30-31 and Nov. 1; “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 19-22; “Daddy D Christmas, Dec. 10-13 and (Stadium View), Dec. 17-20.
THE VENUE: The spacious Riverside Ballroom Crystal Ballroom is the heart of the 1936 Art Moderne building on
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