Fredonia Opera House To Host ‘Waiters’ Beginning May 16

“Waiters” will be performed at the Fredonia Opera House May 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m.

The show combines modern and ballroom dance with strong theatrical performances to create an evening’s length dramatic tour de force. Ten characters come together in their search for love and connection in a theater transformed into a ballroom. The storyline is revealed in the lyrics of songs from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Waiters is funny, tragic, powerful and always timely dance-theatre that audiences around the world have embraced.

“Waiters,” choreographed and directed by Terry Beck, faculty of SUNY Fredonia’s theatre and dance departments, is performed by faculty, alumni and students of SUNY Fredonia along with professionals from the Buffalo arts community. Performances by Beck, Phil Wackerfuss of LehrerDance, and Travis Widrick of Buffalo’s premier tango organization, Tango X. Also dancing will be Samantha Kenney, assistant professor at SUNY Fredonia dance department, Amanda Sahr, Rick Doetterl, Noelle Lazor, Steve Russell and Adam Brian Ali.

“Waiters” was originally created in Philadelphia for Terry Beck Troupe under the direction of Beck and Nancy B. Hill, artistic directors, choreographers and performers. After the world premiere in Baltimore, “Waiters” went on to have a critically acclaimed, sold-out, three-week run at the Edinburgh Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The performance at the Fredonia Opera House will be the first reconstruction of the work since its performance at the London Institute of Contemporary Art. “Waiters” is an evening’s-length work.

Beck has been choreographing and directing original dance and theater works for more than 20 years both in the United States and Europe, with his dance company Terry Beck Troupe. His work has been supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew charitable Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts to name a few. He won an Emmy Award for his short film, “If the Walls Could Talk.”