Sparks fly in dance camp

“Nona flying” center: Rosemarie Madera. Rest of [visible] cast, from left, Kyla Ernst Alper, Kimarra Cannonier, Christian Colon, Matthew Sparks, Melissa Rose Corning and Robin Taylor.
Photo by Ronald L. Glassman

The Castillo Theatre (Dan Friedman, artistic director, Diane Stiles, managing director) is opening Fred Newman and David Truskinoff’s musical “License To Dream,” now through Sunday, June 5, directed by David Nackman and choreographed by Javier Dzul.

“License to Dream” brings together inner-city youth and professional modern dancer/aerialists from the acclaimed Dzul Dance company.

This musical is set at a summer dance camp for underprivileged kids, “Camp Development,” in the Hamptons. Neither the underpaid dance counselors nor the poor campers want to be there, and certainly not with each other. With songs by Newman-Truskinoff and choreography by Javier Dzul, sparks fly when East New York meets East Hampton.

Though only 90 miles apart, the distance between those who dream and those who have no reason to, requires more than a bridge to connect them.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. through June 5 (with no performances Memorial Day weekend).

The Castillo Theatre is located at 543 West 42nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenue).

Lauren Curet (left) and Matthew Sparks.
Photo by Ronald L. Glassman

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