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Congratulations to Boston Community Collaborative (BCC)’s students who participated in our dance showcase of “HAMILTON” this past Tuesday, April 4 on the Josiah Quincy School stage.

BCC’s students from the JQS afterschool program have met once per week for the past 9 weeks to put together this dance showcase.  The piece was directed, and choreographed by the very talented Ingrid Oslund.

Choreographer’s Note:  The show “HAMILTON” has become a phenomenon and has been a force in bringing theater back to the Mainstream consciousness of America.  As a life long theater kid, this was both exciting and surprising, but if any show would be the catalyst for a mass interest in the stage, this would be it.  The creativity and innovation that Lin Manuel Miranda employed while crafting this piece proves that the American Public is ready to open its minds and hearts to alternative theater and embrace our history in an unprecedented way.  The story that both these dance explore is an emerging dance genre, New Broadway.  This dance style incorporated hip-hop and contemporary dance, as well as traditional jazz and keeps storytelling at the forefront of the movement.  This style gives young performers the opportunity to learn a new skill as well as inject their own personality into the movements to make them their own.  Just like this show is an expression of the importance of individuality, I hope each student leaves this class more confident, with a basic knowledge of dance terminology and excited about the possibility of performance.

Ingrid Oslund has an impressive resume of all things theatre. She is a playwright, director, choreographer, and teaching artist in the Boston Area. Her work has been featured by a number of Boston Area companies such as Newburyport Actors Studio (Post Pardum Nativity), Emstage (Richard the III), Suffolk University (Mountain Air, Hum’s Girls, 4:49 Psychosis), The Theatre Offensive (The Bard and Boal), Boston Opera Collaborative (Faust et Marguerite), Hampshire Shakespeare Company (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Boston Community Collaborative (The Olympus Complex, Skull Duggary, East High Tales, A Slice of Shakespeare, The Houses of Hogwarts, Woman Writer’s Suicide Club). Ms Oslund strives to create theater that is innovative, immersive and cerebral, regardless of the demographic she is working with. She holds a BA in theater with a focus in Directing and Playwriting from Suffolk University, and an MA in Applied Theater from Emerson College. She has worked with children in the North End for the past 5+ years.

Boston Community Collaborative was incorporated in 2013 as a means to connect people, and enrich lives. BCC offers courses in Drama, Dance, Fitness and Engineering for Kids in the North End, and a Movers and Shakers music and movement class for babies and toddlers at the West End Community Center. BCC also hosts a number of community events such as summertime North End Movie Nights, an annual Halloween Party for adults, an Annual Springtime Egg Hunt, and a number of theatrical productions. For more information, contact Becca at becca0923@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Events:

Spring 2017 – APRIL 9, 10 AM – Neighborhood Egghunt in Christopher Columbus Park.

June 2 and 3, 7 pm, – location TBA – “Alice’s Wonderland”.  Our Youth Main stage Production featuring a cast of young people as well as professional actors.

June 11, 2 pm – “Twisted Tales; A Play on Perspectives” – Our next end of session presentation featuring collaborations between all of our students.

June 13, 5:30, Josiah Quincy School – “Campfire Tales”.  Our presentation for the end of our next session at the Josiah Quincy School.

July 5-9, Dover NH at the Seacoast Fringe Festival.  “Woman Writer’s Suicide Club”.  Our adult main stage production from this year has been accepted into this regional theater festival.  Ages 18 and up.

Wednesday nights all summer long.  North End Movie Nights in the Gassy

August, 2017, Our week long summer intensive theatre offering.  “Hairspray”.  A musical theatre intensive based on the music and book of the Broadway hit “Hairspray”.

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