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NEAD to open ‘The Magi-Tour Traveling Show’ this weekend

OSCODA – The Northeast Academy of Dance (NEAD) celebrates the opening of its 21st season on Saturday with “The Magi-Tour Travel Show,” a light comedy program which encompasses many dance styles and features 20 NEAD students, under the direction of Giuseppe Canale and Scott Heinrich.

Show dates and times are Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at Mary Anne Bartels Auditorium located in Oscoda High School.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $6 for students and available at the door. One dollar from each ticket sold will benefit the auditorium restoration project currently under way.

The 75-minute program is appropriate for all ages. 

The work, which is an original dance/play created by Heinrich, was the first full-length NEAD production and was presented in 1999. Heinrich said, after 20 years, it was time to revisit some of the older works that were created for the school. 

“It was really fun to go back and reread what I wrote way back then. The good news is that I still found the idea and the writing to be comedic; it just needed to be updated to the students we have in the school,” said Heinrich.

The story is about a man, played by guest actor Jay Wells, who is in dire need of a vacation after 21 years as a life insurance salesman. He visits a travel agency operated by an agent, played by his real life wife, guest Tina Wells, who happens to operate a very unusual agency.

The man has one place on his mind to go and one place only – Omaha, Neb. All flights are completely booked to Omaha for the holidays, so the agent desperately works to help find him more “colorful” places to go, despite his constant disapproval.

As the agent checks to see what’s available on such short notice, dancers perform dances from places around the globe. Story moral: “Book well in advance people!” cautions Heinrich.

Audience members will experience can-cans, a rather dangerous waltz, Irish step dancing, a tango, a quite substantial Russian dance, flamenco, a cheeky cabaret number, a tarantella and a Philippine tinikling dance that just may make the audience hold its breath, just to name a few.

All dances have been choreographed by Heinrich and Canale.

“This show has been really fun to revisit and work on,” said Canale. “It is especially gratifying to see the progress our students have made over the years when I look back and think how the school began.”

These students really take the work to a different level,” Heinrich said. “The students have really had a blast working on this one and mixing some more advanced adult dance numbers really adds to the total enjoyment of the piece.”

Dancers in the production are Karissa Beach, Jonas Berenkowski, Amber Brewer, Emmy Buchanan, Kaitlyn Crandell, Heinrich, Crystal Hoogerhyde, Kaitlyn Indreica, Alina Kaiserman, Cathy Kappius, Sydney Lopez, Audrey Luttrell, Sarah Morton, Hannah Potts, Preston Prinz, Regina Stearns, Rilee Tracy, Danielle Velasco, Hannah Velasco and Maggie Ward.

More information about the academy and its programs is available by calling 739-7955 or online at

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