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Tales From The Arabian Nights
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Allentown, PA
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Tales From The Arabian Nights
The Valley of Allentown presents the award-winning Mosaic Dance Theater Company (www.MosaicDanceTheaterCo.org) in their production of Tales from The Arabian Nights. The program will be presented at the Scottish Rite Center, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, Pa., on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM. General admission tickets with unreserved seating are $25.00 in advance, and $35.00 at the door.

Retold and directed by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTCs Producing Artistic Director, with choreography by Samara Adell, the Companys Artistic Director for Dance, Tales from The Arabian Nights is presented in the Companys signature style of dance/story theater. Four magical tales comprise the program. The Fisherman and The Djinni tells of an unsuspecting fisherman who uncorks a brass bottle and releases a djinni bent on revenge. Ubar, the Lost City of Brass is a dark and unusual tale, full of timely symbolism. Destroyed by its greed and corrupt pursuit of wealth, Ubar poses as an eerie parable for our current times. The Ebony Horse, a thrilling tale of derring-do, stars a heroic prince, a beautiful princess and a magical, flying, mechanical horse. The Queen of The Serpents follows a young neer-do-well and the fatal chain of events which occur after his meeting the title character. The production features MDTC Company members Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, Samara Adell, Nina Brewton, and Kendra Dushac McCarthy with Guest Dancers Heather Panikkar, Jazmin Nelson, and Michael Baugh. In addition, the evening includes special performances by Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley. A special treat for the entire family -- you won't want to miss it!


Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC) is dedicated to the dance and folkloric traditions of the Mediterranean  the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Spain  creating dance, theater, and educational programs which celebrate the rich diversity of cultures of this region. The dances and music, the stories and myths, and the history and legends of this fascinating area form the wellspring of inspiration for MDTCs creative vision.
Founded in 2003 by Producing Artistic Director Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTC evolved out of dance and theater productions originally developed by Ms. Varricchio which began touring in 1992 and are now a part of MDTCs repertory. Samara Adell, MDTCs Choreographer and Artistic Director for Dance, began her collaboration with Ms. Varricchio in 2000, and since the Companys inception, it has premiered its original dance works to critical acclaim. Touring nationally to performing arts venues, universities, and educational facilities, MDTC is known for its artistry and authenticity, not only in creating the original works that comprise its repertory, but also in faithfully researching their origins to ensure cultural integrity.  The Company has been presented under the auspices of Lincoln Centers Meet The Artist Program, Young Audiences of New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania, Arts Horizons, and is on the roster of Arts-in-Education artists for Hartford Performs and Morris Arts.  MDTC is the recipient of the 2013 Sunshine Award for its contribution to the performing arts, recognized by NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and the United Nations.
In a world engulfed by popular culture, MDTC embraces the historical treasures of the past, the ways of tradition, and the sensibilities of the present in its goal to celebrate the remarkable varieties and similarities of the Mediterranean cultures.  MDTC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Essex County, N.J.


Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) is a fixture on the cultural landscape of the Lehigh Valley and its artistry directly contributes to the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley. RDT productions are for audiences of all ages and feature professional and pre-professional dancers. All of RDTs performances and outreach programs are designed to entertain and educate, engage and delight Lehigh Valley audiences of all ages about the art of dance and encourage young people to learn about dance as a discipline, profession and avocation.

Founded by Dolly Haltzman in 1987 as a 501c3 nonprofit pre-professional dance company, RDT is now under the artistic direction of Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Trinette Singleton. RDT provides dancers with high quality dance training and performance opportunities like the Nutcracker, a spring ballet, and numerous community based performances. In addition, RDT provides free dance training for At-Risk students and artist-in-residence programs for inner city schools, as well as conducts educational, outreach programs in collaboration with other arts organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley. Many RDT alumni have gone on to professional dance careers with major dance companies and/or have performed in Broadway productions. Others have continued their dance careers in colleges and universities and others have used the skills they obtained at RDT to choreograph and teach dance.


The Childrens Dyslexia Center of Allentown was established in 1998. Dyslexia is a learning disability that impairs a persons fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read. Although dyslexia cannot be cured, it can be treated. The Dyslexia Center, a free remedial service, is certified, and parallels the local public school programs. The public schools are overflowing with children that need help. Our Dyslexia Center provides a highly qualified staff, under the direction of Marilyn Mathis, Center Director, specially trained in the treatment of dyslexia. After professional assessment and evaluation of a students needs, the staff then provides customized one-on-one instruction. In addition, the Dyslexia Center provides training for local teachers or volunteers who want to tutor children with dyslexia.


Scottish Rite Cathedral (View)
1533 Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA 18102
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 4
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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