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Lights, camera, dance! Hudson's 'Hooray for Hollywood' performance is picturesque

Christina Leines plays along with Preston Stockert, left, and Nicholas Lentz, right, to reenact the famous "Good Morning" couch scene originally performed by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 10
Shirley Temple, played by Elise Bailey, waltzes and skips in "Singing in the Rain" with Preston Stockert. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 10
The performance did well to include a live animal that entertained the crowd. Emily Meyer as Dorothy with the real-life dog actress Lilly Rimer as Toto. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 10
Greta Lewis dressed as "the hilarious" Lucille Ball steps out onto the red carpet to be admired by her fans of comedy. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 10
Elvis Presley, impersonated by Deer Park native Joe Sir, showed up to rock and roll for a few hits to impress his "fans" on stage. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 10
The entire cast of "Hooray for Hollywood" with choreographers in front left to right: Regan Saunders, Christina Leines, Mackenzie Lewis and Melissa Huber. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 10
Charlie Chaplin's salute featured many Charlie Chaplins. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 10
Marilyn Monroe was spotted on the red carpet at the Phipps! Choreographer Mackenzie Lewis brings her to life. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 10
Kevin Leines sings and performs alongside all of his dames. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 10
Soloists Preston Stockert and Mackenzie Lewis hold their pose as a crewman calls "cut" before the last act. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 10

Hollywood acts in Hudson, Wis.?

You read that right.

The theme begs for high-quality entertainment and classy, flashy displays of talent.

Reading the dance performance title and understanding Hollywood's terribly monumental reputation, it should be expected that there be impossible feats of reenactments of famous black-and-white scenes engrained in so many brains of the generations who grew up on the old-timey acts.

But it's safe to say the dance group lept and bound, pirouetted and tap-danced right over the that bar set seemingly high for the local Wisconsin dance troupe.

The "Hooray for Hollywood" production, directed by Mackenzie Lewis, takes its audience for a time trip, starting with tribute acts for Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple and later, even Elvis Presley, and traveling through 1930s movies like Wizard of Oz and 1950s musicals like Singing in the Rain. The ending doesn't wind down as the performers waltz through more broadway entertainment from La La Land and Evita and disco their way to the 1970s cultural scene.

The show not only caters to the generation that grew up on classic Hollywood but also to any age wishing to be wowed by vibrant colors, catchy show tunes like "Singin' in the Rain" and magnificent dance moves.

The choreographers did well integrating dance moves that personified certain eras, like the hip swirls of the '70s disco, and the heart-throb leg work of Elvis's time.

Famous snippets of dramatic scenes are also accompanied by live singers of the dance group, such as Dorothy's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" solo in Wizard of Oz.

The interpretations of reenactments to fit the dance profile didn't leave behind the authenticity of the originals, however.

At the end, the audience will be pleased with the group's creativity and individual talent that truly captures the world of Hollywood backstage.

The group has just finished their opening weekend and will be putting on their show again this weekend Aug 24-26. Friday and Saturday's performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the The Phipps Center for the Arts in downtown Hudson.

Rachel Helgeson

Rachel Helgeson

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