Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular Coming to The Apollo
A phenomenal Irish dance and music production ensemble made their first stop in the area with “Rhythm in the Night, the Irish Dance Spectacular,” last April at the Apollo Civic Theatre. The group returns with a new Christmas shows. “Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular” is appearing in Martinsburg on Thursday, November 30th.
Founder Justin Boros almost became a basketball player. He was a star on his Ohio high school team when he was 15. But, a television program changed his life. He saw Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance.” He was suddenly hooked on finding out more. Soon after, Boros taught himself to perform Irish dancing by watching videos. He got an audition with Flatley’s group and won a role in their show. He toured with them for two and a half years.
He took inspiration from Lord of the Dance to create “Rhythm in the Night” in a new program format. It took a few years of work with composers and refining a storyline and costuming. Nearly a half-decade later, “Rhythm in the Night” was a successful tour. It is an opera-like show told through dance with a full orchestra.
Apollo’s President of the Board Michael Noll said, “The Irish Dance was such a hit in April it sold out, so we decided to bring them back for an encore Christmas performance. The Carol of the King, Irish Dance Spectacular has a program called the Shooting Star program. We are hoping to have a local student of Irish Dance to dance a number with the group. This is a great company to work with and we are looking forward to having them back to perform.”
Now, Boros and his company of talented dancers are bringing Irish dance and Christmas together Featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians, “Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular” brings to life an original inspiring Christmas story of love and salvation that transports the audience to a mystical time and place of heroes and redemption.
The show includes lightning fast hard shoe rhythms and soft shoe jigs to a soundtrack featuring many holiday favorites, while state of the art lighting ignites the stage into an explosive display of dance and music.
“The Holiday season is the best time of the year when families spend special moments together and magic happens,” said Boros. “These special moments involve sharing experiences together, seeing classics like ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and music spectaculars such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Our vision with ‘Carol of the King’ was to bring to market an Irish dance holiday spectacular that features a dramatic storyline and exciting music, so patrons can experience what they love about Christmas while feeling energized and inspired with the Christmas spirit. I can’t wait for those in Martinsburg to experience the show in such a beautiful facility like the Apollo Civic Theatre.”
”Carol of the King” is a December 2017 feature in Celtic Life International magazine.
He added, “What drives me is my love for performing. We get to inspire and bring joy to people every night we perform and there is no feeling that can replace that. If my story inspires one person to follow their dreams, it was all worth it, never give up.”
The show is 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets range from $20 to $50. Call 263-6766 or log onto http://www.apollocivictheatre.org for more information.