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"Thriller": One of Utah's Favorite Dance Events Lives Up to Its Name

By October 15, 2009

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Odyssey Dance Theatre's Halloween show "Thriller" opened last night at Kingsbury Hall to an enthusiastic reception from a packed house. "Thriller" is in its twelfth year and has become a Halloween tradition for many Utahns. The show has grown over the years and now performs with multiple casts in multiple venues; it opened last week at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo and at Weber State University, and it's also playing at Utah State University and Tuacahn Amphitheater in St. George.

ODT uses many of the same numbers year after year for "Thriller," and some of my favorites are the spectacular ensemble number "Curse of the Mummy," the amazing pas de deux "Frankenstein & Frankenstein," the entertaining special effects number "Dem Bones" and the spooky and surprising "Salem's Mass." The cast was terriffic; ODT consistently employs some of the best dancers in the country. The sets, lighting and special effects were excellent as well.

In addition to the dance numbers, "Thriller" includes funny performances by New York recording artist John Boy as Bubbles, the show's depressed clown emcee, and local singer Mindy Lilyquist as Lorena Bobbit. There are also a few interesting and scary film shorts throughout the show.

"Thriller" includes a lot of lighthearted fun, but it's also creepy and isn't for young children. Most children over the age of ten should be okay. If you sit if the front rows near the aisles, be prepared for an extra scare or two from performers coming off the stage. I enjoyed "Thriller" thoroughly, but I thought it was too violent and that far too many of the characters danced to their deaths.

Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre
Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah
1395 E. Presidents Circle

Oct. 14-31 except Sundays, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $20-$40
See website for discount offers and performances at other locations


October 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm
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November 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm
(2) sidney says:

i thought thriller was so amazing. it was a total blast.
all the dedication and hard work the dancers put into it;;is just inspiring.
i loved it!
i would definantly request it to anyone.

October 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(3) Diane says:

I must say that all the hype about Thriller, as presented by Odyssey Dance Company in SLC, got me excited to see the production. So, as an avid theater-goer, I elected to pay top dollar for excellent seats!

I was TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED by this version of Thriller. It was, at best, a bad representation of high school drill team. A set of several mini-skits, some longer than necessary, this production included homemade videos that were intentionally crafted to give the viewer a look at what a film student’s life is about.

The flares that shot fire into the air made for a difficult time to see the following dance moves, because eyes do not focus that quickly. Unfortunately, most of the “blitz” was lost this year.

I would not recommend anyone pay money to see this performance in 2010. Honestly, I would have enjoyed a good movie better.

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