The ‘circus’ dances into town
Special to the Post Independent
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — “The Last Greatest Show on Earth” seems an unlikely title for a performance by a dance academy. But that’s because Glenwood Springs Dance Academy owner DeAnna Anderson has moved away from shows composed entirely of dance to performances that includes singers, actors, dancers and a magician.
“There is so much talent in the valley in the performing arts,” Anderson said. “This show is more of a musical than a dance performance.”
This year’s show, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, is based on Luke 15:11-32, the Bible story of the prodigal son. In Anderson’s interpretation, the prodigal son — played by Jason Young, owner of Young Services — is a member of a circus family who squanders his inheritance in a town called “Loss Wages.” His brother — played by KMTS News and Sports Director Ron Milhorn — is outraged when his younger brother tries to return to the circus troop.
“I think this is a great show,” said Young, who is joining three of his dancer daughters in the performance. As a Trinity Baptist Church worship Leader, he appreciates the biblical message. “The story line helps me recognize how important it is to love family despite what someone is doing, even if it isn’t good,” he said.
The Young family isn’t the only family act in the show. Milhorn’s wife, Randalea, has a starring role as Clown Clarabella.
“We haven’t performed together since high school,” Ron Milhorn said. “We were in ‘1984’ in 1974 in California.”
Other local performers making appearances include Dory Light as Polly the Amazing Musical Bird; Justin Bosco, a local high student known for his skills as a magician; and Jamie Spry as Mr. Max-O-Million, the circus ringmaster and father of the prodigal son. Spry appears regularly in local plays and theater productions. He’s been involved in at least six of Anderson’s shows.
“How can you go wrong with great kids, great dancing and a whole lot of corny?” Spry asked.
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