Mercy Roberts and dance team A perform the dance "Minuit."
Despite snowy weather last Friday night and cold
temperatures on Saturday night, large crowds were on hand as Heartwood
in the Hills held its 16th annual December Celebration to showcase the
talents of fall students.
Since audience space is limited, and the crowd can
be large, performances are given on two evenings.
The main difference in the performances is the
arrival of special guests, Heartwood Turtle and his friend Rabbit, on
Saturday to help with drawing a unique prize for a student and to shake
the hands of students as they receive certificates of accomplishment.
Ilene Evans returned this year to sing and tell the
crowd spellbinding tales of mountain folk. One was of a mountain woman
dealing with a hog thief and a bear, and the other was a scary story of
the “googlie-eyed potato man.”
The dancers were enthusiastic, energetic and
performed flawlessly. Artistic director Jude Binder displayed some
stunning masks created by students.
Heartwood students, who are seniors in high school
this year, and about to graduate, were overcome with emotion as they
realized that this may be their last performance at Heartwood.
After the show on Saturday night, they entertained
Binder with an impromptu line dance that they had choreographed just
before the show.
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