Call Me Crazy Dancers Bring Christmas Early: "On the Eve" at MST&DA

David Stone
Poster for "On the Eve," Coming Soon to MST&DA
Poster for "On the Eve," Coming Soon to MST&DA
Photo provide by John Curtis, Call Me Crazy Dancers

Celebrating local talent, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance introduces the Call Me Crazy Dancers in their New York City debut, On the Eve, a dancing, musical exploration of life's emotional and spiritual depths, emerging on a platform at the Roosevelt Island subway station.

A girl is carried away while waiting for an F Train that will take her to a Christmas show. Whiling away the time by reading a book about Bethlehem, she drifts into a dream about the nativity and... tap dancing. Yes, Mary and Joseph tap, although probably not much like Fred and Ginger.

Also in the crowd milling on the platform is a woman who, after four years, still seeks answers after her daughters death at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. And there's anticipation for another woman preparing to be reunited with friends from whom she's been separated since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan.

And just a little whimsey. A man reluctantly heads out for a Christmas Party but finds himself swept up into a 1942 era night club scene, complete with a "big band montage."

See the rehearsal slide show

On the Eve is an original creation of the Call Me Crazy Dancers, led by Roosevelt Islanders John and Kara Curtis. Mostly original musical material warms the stage for a display of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and theater dance.

The dance ensemble is a spinoff of a jazz band John Curtis sang with and has performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Capital Fringe in Washington, DC, and at summer outdoor concerts in NJ.

For On the Eve, which Curtis hopes will "launch a residency show at MST&DA," he recruits three of their top students, Savannah Rodriguez, Sophia Pinzari and Thea Spoorenberg.

The premier New York City performance comes alive at the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, on Saturday, December 10th at 8:00 p.m. and repeats twice on Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Tickets (cash or check at the door) are a New York bargain at $20. Students and seniors pay only $10. Kids under 5 get in for free.

 This premier event, heavily stocked with Roosevelt Island talent, is not to be missed as it brings the spirits of Christmas, through creative music and dance, to our community.