More than 100 dancers wearing an array of colorful costumes will perform the high-energy "Holidazzzzzle" (yes, that's with 5 z's) at the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School on Wednesday and Thursday.
"We are always trying to expand, push the envelope, and try new things," said John Leggio, whose Center for the Performing Arts students will do the show.
" 'Holidazzzzzle' is definitely a Christmas spectacular that is pushing the envelope."
The show has big, Broadway-style dances, beautiful costumes and a gorgeous set and lighting design by award-winning designer Tom Hansen of the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Leggio said.
The program includes more than 40 holiday-themed acts. Highlights include a gingerbread toy shop section with more than 30 toys coming to life; a modern dance piece set to the music from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring; Snow from the Nutcracker Ballet; a ballet piece set to the rock song Come Sail Away; dances to Light My Candle; and a nativity scene set to a modern dance piece.
Leggio PAC alumna Lucy Werner will make a special appearance to sing I Look to You and Do You Hear What I Hear?
"I want our shows to be enjoyed by everyone, so we keep them moving seamlessly from one moment to the next," Leggio said. "This is what we do best and what we are known for."
The performance is expected to show the influence of Beyonce's choreographer, Jaquel Knight, and Broadway performers Joshua Bergasse (Hairspray, The Life) and Bailey Hanks (Elle Woods in Legally Blonde), who have held workshops at Leggio's studio recently.
It may also have a touch of "Cirque Dreams Holidaze," which is on tour nationally now. Leggio recently spent 10 days choreographing and serving as assistant director to two current versions of that show.
"The experience was mind-boggling, for many reasons," Leggio said. "The talented team at Cirque Productions, along with the most amazing performers from all over the world, inspired me more than ever. I believe this inspiration will show in our upcoming production of "Holidazzzzzle" and for years to come."
The center has started a scholarship program this season called Arts Education for All and has provided full scholarships for all boys.
"I want to do all I can, for as long as I can, for as many people as I can, just as my teacher did for me," Leggio said.
For information, call (352) 683-8395. Leggio's studio is at 10451 County Line Road, Spring Hill.