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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Halloween is just around the corner. I love the colorful costumes and the spooky traditions that accompany the holiday. The Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City has created a smash Halloween extravaganza to capture all the frightening fun. Its "Thriller" performance features dancing ghosts, ghouls and goblins of every kind that light up the dark, sinister sets. This production has been seen by thousands and has become a Halloween tradition for many families who come back year after year. It really scared me the first time I saw the costumes.
The Odyssey Dance Theatre will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary season this year, having overcome a number of financial difficulties in the process. Derryl Yeager, a former Ballet West principle and a veteran of television, film and Broadway, founded Odyssey Dance Theatre. Derryl wanted to provide a professional career to dancers who did not want to move to New York or Los Angeles.
The Odyssey company consists of 22 talented dancers who perform ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and ballroom, just to name a few. One of my granddaughters is in the company. The dancers consistently put on amazing productions that seem to improve each year. In fact, just two years ago Odyssey joined the ranks of Ballet West and the Utah Symphony Opera when it became a Tier 1 organization in the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks program.
Derryl tells me the dancers have a busy season ahead of them. After "Thriller," the company will begin preparations for a full-length holiday production, "Joy to the World." More productions are scheduled for the spring, along with a four-week European Tour.
While the hectic schedule will keep the dancers busy, they are looking forward to the new and exciting productions they will be performing. In the mean time, the Odyssey Dance Theatre will keep thrilling audiences around the state with its Halloween production, which will show in Ogden, St. George and Salt Lake through October 30th.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.