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Berthoud Dance Company to perform “An Obscure Fairytale”

By: Shelley Widhalm | The Surveyor | January 20, 2022 | Local News

Do you like a good fairytale harkening back to childhood, do you like ballet, and do you like to go to a show?

Berthoud Dance Co. is adding a twist that combines all three to its student showcase this year with “An Obscure Fairytale,” a world premier original piece written by the company’s artistic director and one of the students.

“It’s a story about the forest and all the creatures in it, nymphs, fairies and sprites, and the woodsmen who work in the forest,” said David Mineo, artistic director of Berthoud Dance Co. and co-writer of the script with Karissa Fidler, a 2021 Loveland High School graduate.

The show will be presented in two one-hour performances Saturday and Sunday at the Rialto Theater in Loveland. The show’s 50 performers will showcase what they learned in the dance company’s beginning to advanced classes as they perform ballet, hip-hop and contemporary and Irish dance. Mineo developed the choreography for the performers with Molly Dowell-Weaver, a dance instructor and choreographer.

“That’s the different styles we teach. We try to get every class involved,” Mineo said.

Mineo and Fidler came up with the name for the show when Mineo asked Fidler to research obscure fairytales, and she suggested it for the title. The timeline for the show spans three days and three nights when the woodsmen come to work and go home.

“The keeper of the woods gets upset because people are cutting his trees down,” Mineo said. “The woodsmen get caught and eventually freed and repent to the keeper of the woods. There is a happy ending, but it’s just a story about the way we decimated our forests over the years.”

The story has components of Indian folklore and a strong message about saving the planet, Mineo said. The woodsmen are performed by Spoke N Motion Dance, a wheelchair dance company in Denver.

“It’s not a lecture, but you see what’s going on,” Mineo said. “It’s about protecting our planet and how fragile and precious Mother Earth really is.”

The staging will consist of trees and a garden, and the scoresheet will have a dozen songs.

“I’m very happy with the music and choreography, the way this piece came together,” Mineo said. “It does have a good message about the earth and how we’ve got to take care of it.”

There will be live music prior to the show presented by Lenny Good Trio with guest artist Kwami Barnett, first chair clarinet with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.

The two performances for the show are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 1 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at or by calling 970-962-2120.

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