Aerial arts seem to be popping up in more and more stage shows lately, the latest example being "Boylesque" at Parliament House's Footlight Theater.
Nick Gray, a mainstay in the Parliament House's Footlight Players, has choreographed his first full-length production, cheekily titled "Boylesque," which will premiere at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
"Boylesque" "is influenced by my childhood experiences," Gray says. "I became mesmerized by early Video Jukebox and MTV music videos, watching them over and over and emulating the dance moves. I was a self-taught dancer at a very early age, choreographing my own sequences with my G.I. Joe dolls at age 6, much to my dad's disapproval. My dad told me there was absolutely no future in dancing and that I had to focus on more serious career pursuits. So of course I did just the opposite."
Gray has also performed with Blue's VarieTease shows, and contributed choreography to them.
Aerialists in the "Boylesque" cast include Chris Galen and Robert Edward Drennen. It's the first time the Footlight Theater has used aerial performers in a show.
Galen performed as Tarzan in "Tarzan Rocks!" at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. Drennen will make his Orlando stage performing on an aerial hoop, known as a lyra. Drennan's twisting, gymnastic-like moves are choreographed to the music.
Also in the cast are dancers Tyjuan Jones, Macey Nicole, Michael Beers and Jason Cotto, joined by bartenders Vinnie Colon and Marissa Gray.
WHAT: A 68-minute exploration of human sensuality
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturdays March 2, 9, 16 and 23
WHERE: Footlight Theatre, Parliament House Resort, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
COST: $10, $15 or $20, depending on seating location