What: Fort Wayne Dance Collective will present the immersive theatrical experience and fundraiser “Star Crossed.” The show is based on the story of “Romeo and Juliet,” but the audience moves to different areas within the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel next door.
When: Sept. 13, with 7:30 p.m. opening reception and show at 8 p.m.
Where: Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd., and Indiana Hotel next door
Cost: $35 advance; $45 at the door. Tickets are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.
The story will be familiar, but the presentation will be different than anything Fort Wayne has ever seen before.
For this year's fundraiser on Sept. 13, Fort Wayne Dance Collective is presenting “Star Crossed,” a show based on “Romeo and Juliet” but in a modern-day setting and told in dance. But what's most unusual is that in this interactive show the audience moves from room to room, from the Embassy Theatre to the Indiana Hotel next door, and to various rooms throughout those two venues.
“We're calling this choose your own adventure theater,” said Alison Gerardot, Dance Collective outreach director.
The idea came from a show in New York, “Sleep No More,” set in a warehouse with five floors of theatrical action.
The Dance Collective chose to retell the story of “Romeo and Juliet” because it was familiar to most people, Gerardot said. The show incorporates the Indiana Hotel lobby, the basements of both the hotel and the theater, and the stage of the Embassy.
“This is a year in the making,” Gerardot said. It's a community project including local musicians, actors and dancers. “It's a great mix of the performing arts,” she said.
In one of the scenes — a party scene — the audience gets two free tickets for beer or wine and can nosh on food in the Embassy lobby while mingling with the dancers.
In another area, the audience will be given masks, either blue or orange. The masks represent which family's side they're on in the “Romeo and Juliet” saga. Actors will try to persuade audience members to switch their masks and thus switch their allegiance to the other family.
At some point, there will be a pitch for money — after all, it is a fundraiser.
“We'd love to raise $10,000,” Gerardot said.
The money will be used for scholarships for dance students.