Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Dec 20th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Swing’s Mood

AE_SwingBrace yourself—something big is set to ignite Cabrillo Stage
Back in the ’90s it found new life again—the swing movement had a revival and swept across the nation. And from there, it hasn’t lost steam. Hence, a musical titled “Swing” opened on Broadway in 1999 and played at the St. James Theater through 2001. It also enjoyed a national tour, and now the beloved musical will find a new home with a new cast at Cabrillo Stage this summer. The show, which is more of a revue than a plot-based performance, runs from June 25-July 18 in the junior college’s new Crocker Theater. Expect a smashing good time since this project is being directed by one of Cabrillo Stage’s favorites, Janie Scott, who is also providing choreography on the show as well. Scott, who has a distinguished theatrical history, has provided directing and choreography services on numerous other previous shows with Cabrillo Stage. Theatergoers might remember her in a stunning performance as Peter Pan a few years back.
“Swing” showcases an enormous assortment of swing dances, including a new spin on things, like a jazz version of swing, a boogie-woogie country style, and of course the classic staples of East Coast and West Coast swing.
“I have been acquainted with swing dancing for most of my life,” says Scott. “My parents met at a military canteen dance, and dancing was an important part of their lives. By 11 or 12 I had learned all the basic swing dances and I’ve loved it ever since then.
“The way this show is put together, the dancers for the show do a minimal amount of singing, because [there’s so much] athletic, acrobatic dancing, … so we have five lead singers, who are the types that would have been singing with a band at that time [in history].”
The musical has 12 dancers—six guys, and six girls, along with the five lead singers and an eight-piece band who are on the stage, directly involved in the performance.
For Scott, while she’s taking on an enormous amount of work with launching this show, in many ways, it’s nothing new to the longtime triple-threat. She has an extensive personal history with dancing, singing, and acting, and works as a professor at San Jose State University.
As for how an artist such as Scott can create wildly imaginative and vibrant dances in a show such as “Swing,” that skill is an art form unto its self. The process is lengthy: “I start listening to the music incessantly,” Scott says. “Even before casting it, I know the music and what’s going on. I’m a very visual person. I see things literally in my head. It’s like playing a film. I see bits and pieces of what something should look like, a rise and a fall, a picture of someone in the air, random things that can spur my imagination, and I incorporate the storylines into the dance. … I work to relate those things, so there’s more than just the dancing that you’re looking at—the characters are being drawn for you.”
For those who catch the show, Scott says it will be memorable and will draw people back into the old school swing era; it’s a “window into this time period,” she says. “It’s non-stop excitement from start to finish.”

“Swing” runs from June 25-July 18, produced by Cabrillo Stage, at the Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit cabrillostage.com or call 479-6154. Send comments on this article to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Tramonti Pizza

Why there’s no such thing as too much Italian food in Seabright

 

Guitar or surfboard?

Guitar. The closest thing I ever came to surfing was sliding down a rock hill. Charlie Tweddle, Santa Cruz, Hats and Music

 

Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

At the opening celebration of the new Santa Clara Wine Trail in August, one of the wineries we visited was Fortino. This is where I first tasted their intriguing estate-grown Charbono—a varietal that is one of the rarest in California, with only 80 acres grown statewide.

 

Beyond the Jar

How Tabitha Stroup has built her rapidly expanding jam empire