Perry-Mansfield offers public a sneak peak of its work at this week’s Tuesday Under the Stars |

Perry-Mansfield offers public a sneak peak of its work at this week’s Tuesday Under the Stars

The final Tuesday under the Stars program will feature works in progress from Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp students and faculty with a sneak peek of upcoming dance and theater productions. The free event starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the school's campus.

If you go:

What: Tuesday Under the Stars

When: Tuesday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 14, 8 p.m.

Where: Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, 40755 Routt County Road.

— After only two days at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, performers, choreographers and directors will showcase their works to a public audience Tuesday night at the third Tuesday Under the Stars event of the summer series.

This week’s Tuesday Under the Stars begins at 8 p.m. in the school’s Louis Horst Studio and will feature previews of the Emerging Artists’ musical, which was written and choreographed by the fifth through seventh graders enrolled in the program, as well as the work of the pre-professionals group and performances planned for the Strings Musical Festival Concert on July 5.

“Any time you’re doing an artistic process, having an audience just at the end can be quite detrimental to the work,” said musical theater director Will Rogers. “The audience changes how the students perform and connect with people. By showing these previews, we give the audience and the performers a glimpse of what the piece might become and open the door for feedback.”

The dancers also welcome this opportunity to engage with the audience on a more intimate level.

“I think it’s great for the public because they can get involved with us and get to know us as more than just dancers on a stage,” said Missy Daiker, a pre-professional dancer at Perry-Mansfield. “They get to see how the rehearsal process works and eventually how it’s finished.”

This year, Tuesday Under the Stars featured a different set of faculty every other week since the usual six-week program is now two or four weeks. Because of that, Perry-Mansfield’s director of dance Jennifer Golonka explained, each session has been unique in the types of dance and performances.

“All of the work will be very different from week to week and from work that has been seen here before,” said Golonka. “Like this week, we’ll be showing some musical theatre as a preview for our P-M Presents on July 10.”

Events like this, daily practices and formal performances have helped Daiker in more ways than just improving her technique in contemporary, modern or ballet pieces.

“For the past two years I’ve come here, Perry-Mansfield has let me be comfortable in my own skin as a dancer and a person,” said Daiker, who attends college in southern California. “It’s a great outlet for me that lets me press the reset button before the school year and, at the same time, gets me more prepared for the professional world of dancing.”

The last Tuesday Under the Stars will be held at 8 p.m. July 14 at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp at 40755 Routt County Road. It is a free event.

For more information on the school’s other summer performances, email or call 970-879-7125.

To reach Liz Forster, call 970-871-4374, email or follow her on Twitter @LizMForster

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