IUP Dance Theatre Spins a Spooky Tale with “Hocus Pocus”

Posted on 3/6/2020 1:53:24 PM

Scene from “It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus”The IUP Dance Theater, under the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus, an original adaptation of Hocus Pocus. Co-choreographed and directed by Katie Gutmann and Holly Boda-Sutton, this wickedly funny production will be performed on March 27–28 at 7:00 p.m. and March 29 at 2:00 p.m. in the Zink Hall Dance Auditorium on the IUP campus.

Created to a spooky and surprising score, It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus tells the story of three teenage sisters who foolishly bring three witches back from the dead, unleashing devilish chaos on their hometown. With the reinforcements of a bold tabby cat and an endearing zombie, the three sisters avert disaster on Halloween night.

This production is brought to life with the help of the department faculty designers: Brian Jones, set and projection design; Ethan Hollinger, lighting design; and Nancy Pipkin-Hutchinson, costume supervisor.

IUP Dance Theater is excited to welcome some familiar faces into the performance of It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus. Dance Arts program alumni Lindsey Grove and Anna Ponak-Shively, along with community performers Joy Gaydosh, Donell Kingan, and Wendy Varner, bring the townspeople of the story to life. This production includes a cameo performance by Michael Kingan, the director of Percussion Studies at IUP.

Tickets for the performance are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for seniors, and $10 for active I-Card users and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. For more information on this and other events, as well as group tickets, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email lively-arts@iup.edu.

IUP Dance Theater is produced by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.