Only one day left until the dancers head over to
Playhouse on the Square for Family Matters. Yesterday dancers
prepared for High Lonesome, a ballet by Trey McIntyre restaged by Tamara Hoffmann. Trey McIntyre
choreographed this piece as a semi-autobiographical story in 2001. It’s told from
the perspective of a child (danced by Kendall G. Britt Jr.) who is much younger than his older siblings (Hideko Karasawa and Evan Hewer).
Julie Marie Niekrasz, who dances the part of the mother, says she is ready to get into the theater. She
says she needs the openness of the audience and the lights.
High Lonesome is ballet mixed with a bit of modern set to the music of Beck. You get the feeling of somewhat of a skipped
record. As the distressed family circles around him, the young child retains lightness. It is a touching and heartbreaking family drama - with a glint of hope that the child will retain some of his innocence.