Tonight we went again to see Thriller, put on by Odyssey Dance Theatre. This is an annual treat for Utahns, and if you hail from outside the state, I’d be rallying for a national tour of this show, because Thriller is an awesome mix of incredible dance skill, belly-laughing humor (some a bit black, some just outright comical), and a few chills and thrills. If you are from Utah, get thy ass to Thriller and get it there NOW! You won’t regret it. They are even performing in St. George.
You’re never quite sure what to expect from each number in the two-act performance. You’re almost WAITING, holding your breath, for something to happen…. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.
Parts of Thriller are pretty gritty for the staid Mormon crowd, but obviously there are enough rabble rousers to fill an entire auditorium in Ogden, because this show was nearly–if not totally-sold out.
A popular return act this year was Lorena Bobbitt, singing a medley of songs that had all the men in the audience cringing, just a little bit. Also popular is the River of Blood Dance number, one which leaves me asking, “Derryl Yeager, are you scared to go to sleep at night?” In this number, traditional Irish dancers are doing their thing until someone starts picking them off, one by one, like ducks in a shooting gallery. And it really works. You can actually SEE how Derryl got that idea–although you still worry a bit about his current mental state. But who am I to question? I write suspense for a living, and people are regularly murdered in all kinds of horrible ways in my world. Derryl’s my kind of guy.
The Odgen performances featured a troupe of the older dancers from my daughter’s dance studio, Elite Dance Force. Some of our younger dancers also made parts in the performance, as maniacal chucky dolls.
Thriller plays October 17 & 18 at the Tuacahn Ampitheatre in St. George, Utah (Not far from Nevada! Vegas people, go, go!!), October 21-29 in Salt Lake City at Kingsbury Hall, and October 31 in Logan, at Kent Concert Hall.