SUPERHERO 2018 Cast!
Tyler McCants as Jesus Christ
“This marks the first time in my dance career where I’ve to play a role with so many responsibilities. Depicting that of a man who, at first, is not sure of his own destiny or how he will conquer God’s task is no easy feat. Superhero will always have a special place in my heart. It’s a story that anyone can relate to, believers and nonbelievers.”
Abbie Lessaris as Judas Iscariot
“I’m very excited to tackle the part of Judas. He is the villain, the tortured bad boy of the story. There is something so fun to play a part that is nothing like your true personality. Plus, I think it’s a great time in history to bring a strong female back into this role.”
Brittney Richards as Mother Mary
“Mother Mary is the embodiment of unconditional love and compassion. She is a way-shower of truth, and she teaches us how to see with divine vision. Just as she raised Christ, Mother Mary helps us to nurture the Spirit within each of us. Mother Mary acted from a place of wholeness and trust, and she shows us how to move through our lives with calm, present love. Her strength, wisdom, and faith have inspired me in many ways. I am deeply grateful to be portraying her in Superhero. ”
Taylar Green as Mary Magdalene
“I’m excited about doing Magdalene because she’s such a dynamic character. I’ve studied her through the context of the bible and in history and I’m excited to bring my understanding of a passionate, often misunderstood, follower of Jesus to the stage. Also, the costume is pretty amazing!”
Morgan Beane as Claudia Procula
“My role in SUPERHERO is Claudia, also known as Pilate’ s wife. She was an honorable woman who followed her intuitions, and was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. Claudia is the only recorded person who spoke up against the decision to kill Jesus. I am honored to take on the role of such a strong and powerful female character. I hope to portray Claudia in an impactful way that empowers the audience to feel they too can stand up for what is right.”
Hannah Brown as Veronica
“Veronica was a woman who witnessed Jesus carrying the cross to Golgotha. She was moved with compassion to reach out to him and wipe his face with her veil, which left a perfect image of his face upon the veil. This solo has always been one of my favorite moments in the show and it is wonderful to be challenged by this beautiful role.”
Erica Steward as The Woman at the Well
“The Woman at the Well is the first person Jesus reveals his true identity to. Jesus broke the social rules by speaking to a woman of a lower social-class and asking her for water. This role is very important to me, as it represents breaking the barrier between gender and social class. Everyone is equal, and everyone should be treated equally.”
Skylar Thomas as the Cross
“The role of the cross is a very unique role. I have the honor and privilege of embodying the inanimate wooden cross that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified upon. Receiving the opportunity to perform this role is unlike any other. The cross is a very iconic and therefore very impactful piece in the show. Having the opportunity to bring it to life while still maintaining the illusion of the wooden cross is both the great challenge and beauty of the role. It means so much to so many and being able to physically embody this iconic and powerful symbol is truly special as well as incredibly humbling.”
SUPERHERO Through the Years
SUPERHERO – the story of a man called Jesus, has been in the company’s repertoire since 2006. It has become one of GHDT’s most well-known and most-loved shows. SUPERHERO tells the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. Numerous company members have been able to portray the characters in this story, and a multitude of students have been able to participate in the show as townspeople. SUPERHERO has touched so many hearts, of both dancers and audience members.
This year is going to be the last year to see this performance before it goes into the GHDT Vault. To celebrate the show, let’s take some time to look back at each character and what they bring to the story, along with which company members have portrayed each role over the past 12 years.
Martin Casanova – 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
James Gilmer – 2015, 2016
Eduardo Permuy – 2017
Heather King – 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
Dana Backes (Westfall) – 2015
Sarah Sigman – 2016
Taylar Green – 2017
Christine Colquitt (Thacker) – 2006
Melanie Eakman – 2008, 2012, 2014
Hannah Brown – 2015, 2016, 2017
Courtney Cole – 2006
Ogulcan Borova – 2008
Philip Crawshaw – 2012
Liang Fu – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Sarah Collister (Megel) – 2006, 2008
Sara Little – 2012
Samantha James – 2014
Melanie Heazeltine (Eakman) – 2015
Brittney Richards – 2016, 2017
Rachel Rutland Maryanovskaya – 2006, 2008
Abigail Lessaris – 2015, 2016, 2017
Rachel Rutland Maryanovskaya -2006, 2008
Dana Backes (Westfall) – 2012, 2014
Abigail Lessaris – 2015, 2016, 2017
Woman at the Well
Inita Saleniece – 2006, 2008
Natalee Cooney – 2012
Rachel Jacobucci – 2014
Heather King – 2015
Erica Steward – 2016, 2017
Come see SUPERHERO this Easter weekend! For tickets, click here.
Join us for SIMCHA!
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s annual cabaret-styled fundraising performance, SIMCHA, will be presented weekends February 3-18, 2018 at The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, 329 Gradle Drive in Carmel. This powerful, dramatic, yet fun and energetic performance celebrates the resilient nature of Jewish heritage and culture. In true GHDT fashion, it will make you smile, laugh, and cry all in a span of two hours.
This is a show for everyone! Take a break from the Indiana winter weather roller coaster, and enjoy some theatrical entertainment!
Included in this performance is GHDT’s classic, “1941.” This piece depicts a mother grieving after the lose of her child. Accompanying the dancer, is a large piece of black fabric, which represents her emotion and path.
Also performed is a new exciting work choreographed by Gregory Hancock as well as a beautiful performance of “The Western Wall” by G2, our pre-professional company.
Tickets are $35 and includes complimentary light refreshments.
Performances are February 3-18. Saturday evenings at 7pm and Sunday afternoons at 3pm. Seating is limited. For tickets, click here!
Happy belated New Year from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre! We have many exciting things happening this year to end our 20th Anniversary Season with a bang!
Join us for our annual Cabaret-Styled Fundraiser concert the first three weekends of February! February 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 7PM and February 4th, 11th, and 18th at 3PM. Simcha translate from Hebrew to mean celebration or joy. Join us in celebrating the Jewish heritage and all the wonderful aspects of their culture.
For tickets, click here.
SUPERHERO – the story of a man called Jesus
One of GHDT’s most popular shows, SUPERHERO is back this year before it goes in the GHDT vault. SUPERHERO tells the story of Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. Don’t miss your last to see this moving masterpiece on March 30th and 31st at 7PM.
For tickets, click here.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Coming back to the stage after six years, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is not one to miss. This show is a favorite for audience members and company members alike. Witness the emotional journey of Quasimodo and Esmerelda on June 29th and 30th at 7PM at The Tarkington Theatre.
For tickets, click here.
G2 IN CONCERT AND ACADEMY SHOWCASE
Our Pre-professional company, G2, will be putting on their annual concert. This year, the performances will be at The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. This year, our annual Academy Showcase will be a separate performance from G2 in Concert. Both performances will be June 1-3, but specific dates and times are TBA.
GHDT’s Holiday Special
Come join us this Holiday season! Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is creating a new holiday tradition by putting on a Holiday Special performance. Choreographed by the company dancers, GHDT will be telling the stories of three classic tales – The Island of Misfit Toys, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Carol. After the performance, will be a small Christmas party with light refreshments.
Each classic story has it’s own little twist. Our misfit toys don’t include a train with square wheels, but instead a Wind-Up Wendy doll who won’t stay awake! Our Christmas Carol isn’t about Ebenezer Scrooge, but about a women who places herself above everyone else. Will she learn that money and diamonds are worth having no one around you who cares? Come see the show to find out!
Performances are Friday December 15th at 7PM, Saturday December 16th at 7PM, and Sunday December 17th at 3PM.For tickets, click here!
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! Please support our Holiday and Year-end Giving Campaign to support Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. It is important to support your local professional artists and keep your community beautiful!
GHDT is bringing original works and classic favorites to the stage in 2018. Our GOAL is to raise $10,000. This will help us with operational expenses as we enter into the new year.
Please consider an on-line donation today, or you may mail a check to: GHDT Angel Society, 329 Gradle Drive, Carmel, IN. 46032
GHDT is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.
Cyber Monday Sale!
It’s well into the holiday season. Cyber Monday is November 27th, 2017. GHDT is once again having our Cyber Monday Sale for Nutcracker tickets. From 12:00AM to 11:59PM on Monday, use the code HOLIDAY to receive $5 off single ticket prices! This does not include Group Tickets. Click here for tickets!
Other Holiday Happenings!
Nutcracker Anniversary Party
While you’re on Eventbrite getting your ticket deal, remember to buy your tickets for our Nutcracker Anniversary Party! GHDT is celebrating our 20th Season, and we’re ready to party! It’s on December 2nd at 1:00PM. Come enjoy food, drinks, raffles, and crafts for the kids. Klara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Prince will also stop by for a bit! Party-goers get early admittance to the theater for the 3PM matinee performance. Tickets to the matinee performance are sold separately. Nutcracker Alumni get 1 free ticket to the party, and will receive 1 free ticket to the matinee performance at the party. For tickets, click here!
GHDT’s Holiday Special
Come join Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre for our first ever Holiday Special! This family-friendly show will tell three classic stories – The Island of Misfit Toys, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Carol. After the performance, stick around for a small Christmas Party! We will have hot chocolate, small, sweet treats, and raffle prizes! You don’t want to miss this new addition to our season! For tickets, click here!
Tickets: $10 individual
GHDT Nutcracker Alumni – Free – limit one ticket
To celebrate the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s 20th Season, The Nutcracker Anniversary Party will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1-2 p.m. at Pike Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana prior to the 3 p.m. matinee performance of GHDT’s The Nutcracker.
Enjoy party punch, finger sandwiches, fresh fruits and vegetables along with delightful sweet treats. Each guest will receive a photo with select cast members and VIP admittance to the performance 15 minutes prior to the general admittance. Visit the holiday craft corner and holiday boutique. Enter to win a drawing for a special Nutcracker. This event is sponsored by Performance Services, Inc. and Dental TI.
GHDT’s all student production of The Nutcracker is a contemporary retelling of the classic tale, portraying Klara as a homeless orphan girl who discovers the true meaning of the season through the gift and giving spirit of a homeless man. The Nutcracker and the Nutcracker Anniversary Party are sure to add joy and cheer to your Holiday Season!
Click here for tickets to The Nutcracker!
Calling all Bookworms!
GHDT’s The Nutcracker is having a fundraiser that benefits you! We have teamed up with Barnes & Noble Bookstore again this year to raise money for our production of The Nutcracker. Get your holiday shopping done early at Barnes & Noble and GHDT will get a portion of the sales! Below are the two ways you can participate.
On Saturday, November 4th from 12PM – 3PM, visit the store in Carmel for early holiday shopping, Nutcracker story-time, and coloring with cast members. Don’t forget you MUST have the voucher below, to ensure GHDT gets a portion of sales. This in-store voucher is only for the Barnes & Noble at 14790 Grey Hound Pass, Carmel, IN, and only for the time period above.
If you don’t live near this store, don’t fret! There is also a code for online purchases. The online code will work from November 4th, 2017- November 9th, 2017. At the checkout, enter our Bookfair I.D. number: 12232062
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is seeking MALE dancers with strong classical, contemporary, and partnering technique for immediate hire. All applicants who live outside the US must have a valid work visa. All applicants must be available to audition in person.
Auditions will be held during company class and are by invitation only. To apply, please send a resume, recent head shot, and recent dance video to [email protected]
All applicants must be available for one or more of the listed performances and rehearsal periods:
SIMCHA: Weekends February 3-18, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning ASAP)
SUPERHERO: March 30-31, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning in February)
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME: June 29-30, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning in April)
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre provides:
- Minimum of 30 week work schedule
• Weekly salaries for company members and guest positions
• Occasional national and international touring opportunities
• Season performances as the resident dance company of the Tarkington at the Center for Performing Arts
• Teaching and choreographic opportunities at The Academy of GHDT