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A local dance studio is preparing to present a full musical production at the CoMMA Performing Arts Center.

On Saturday, June 11, The Dance Factory will perform “The Greatest Showman” with live singing, acting, dancing and aerial arts. Angela Hensley, the studio’s office manager, said the studio has also hired out-of-town aerial performers and Cirque du Soleil-style performers to join the studio’s cast for the show.

“We’ve been playing, singing, and adding a little more talent to it,” Hensley said. “A little more dance, but we’re also adding more aerial arts and some Cirque du Soleil style stuff.”

The show will also feature live music performed by Dance Factory students who play guitar, drums and other instruments, Hensley said.

“We’re trying to focus more on the arts program and not just the dance,” she said.

Hensley said Dance Factory students had been working for months to prepare for the show.

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“They started about six months ago just on that and then when they finish this show, they’ll start the next one,” she said. “Right now we have eight hours of rehearsals a week, and it’s been that way since the very first day we started with ‘The Greatest Showman’.”

Hensley said “The Greatest Showman” is one of two major shows the studio will produce this year.

“We usually do two to three shows a year,” she said. “We have one in October, a haunted theatre…it’s kind of like a haunted house, but based on the dance.”

Hensley said the studio works very hard to organize full shows so students can be involved in more than just a dance recital. She said many students at the studio are interested in pursuing careers in dance and performance in the future, and being involved in full shows gives them more experience in the performing arts.

“These children live in the studio. They’re there eight to 10 hours a week,” Hensley said. “It’s what they love to do and for many it’s the area they want to get into for their careers.”

The Dance Factory will perform “The Greatest Showman” at the CoMMA Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 11 at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at www.commaonline.org or at the box office Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $23 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for youth ages 3-15.

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