Friday, August 12, 2011

Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars

Yellow Springs Experience
Yellow Springs, OH
July 15-17, 2011
Featuring Dancing Under the Stars with The Cotton Club

Coordinated by Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse and Yellow Springs Arts Council

For their 2011 Summer Season, Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse presented “The Cotton Club,” written and directed by John Fleming with original music composed by Neal Kirkwood, performed by an all youth cast and featuring a youth jazz ensemble. Performances took place in the Antioch Amphitheater July 7 – 17.

The Cotton Club Stompers played swing favorites from Duke Ellington and others under the direction of John Fleming in this original play about the 1920s New York Jazz Club. Musical director and chief box (keyboard) pounder Neal Kirkwood was joined by Josh “Easy” Seitz on the clarinet, Claire “Southie” Heister on the sax, Mike “Cincy” Kremer on bass, Skip “Doc” Leeds on guitar.

After the Saturday, July 16 performance, the community was invited to “Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars” where they danced, along with cast members, to the Cotton Club Stompers with special guest Ellie Leeds on vocals.

Photos by Ayn Wood
Video by Susan Gartner