Dance Syndicate brings “Enchanted Express” to Yogo Inn

Charlie Denison


Lewistown Dance Syndicate performers pose together after a dress rehearsal of the “Enchanted Express,” which takes place at the Yogo Inn Sunday, Dec. 18. There is a matinee and an evening show.

Photo courtesy of Alex Baumann


On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Yogo Inn will have something special going on, as the Lewistown Dance Syndicate is taking over. The Syndicate will turn the lobby and restaurant into the “Enchanted Express,” a show inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s “Polar Express.”

“We’re doing a matinee dessert buffet and we’re also having a dinner show, where you can have a nice meal and watch our ‘Enchanted Express,” Dance Syndicate Director Janet Luciano said. “It’s all included in your ticket price.”

Luciano said there are 36 children with performing arts experience involved in the production. Individualized roles follow the “Polar Express” story, which tells the tale of Michael, a young skeptic who discovers the magic of Christmas on an unforgettable train ride, which brings him to the North Pole to meet the one and only Santa Claus. Along the way, Michael meets a wide variety of characters.

“Camryn Vaughn plays the conductor and Catherine deGuzman plays the little girl on the train,” Luciano said. “The little boy is Camron Baker.”

The Dance Syndicate went all out, Luciano said, as they designed the set themselves: a ballroom, a snowy winter wonderland and an actual “kids train.”

“The kids are actually wearing the cars,” Luciano said. “It’s a 14-piece, and it rolls. We also have dancing puppets on strings. It’s going to be a riot.”

In the past, Luciano and her Dance Syndicate have performed the Nutcracker during the holiday season. This year, however, she is happy to change things up.

“This will be fun,” Luciano said. “We’re ready for something new this year.”

The matinee show takes palce at 2 p.m. and the dinner show takes place at 6 p.m.

“We’re excited,” Luciano said. “If you didn’t get a seat on the Chamber’s North Pole Adventure this year since it sold out, come see us. You’ll have fun.

Tickets are available at the Dance Syndicate and at the Yogo Inn.




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