Odyssey Dance Theatre brings smash Halloween hit ‘Thriller’ to Provo

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The show contains both comical and frightening elements, with the intention to both delight, frighten and amaze audiences. (Photo courtesy of Odyssey Dance Theatre.)
The show contains both comical and frightening elements, with the intention to delight, frighten and amaze audiences. (Photo courtesy Odyssey Dance Theatre)

The award-winning Odyssey Dance Theatre will bring its famous “Thriller” Halloween show to the Covey Center for the Arts at downtown Provo Oct. 9–12.

The show is coming to seven locations throughout Utah, spanning from Logan to St. George, with performances running throughout the month. This year’s show will include favorite numbers like “The Curse of the Mummy,” “Dem Bones” and “Thriller.”

“This is the show’s 17th year, which is really impressive,” said Jill Johnson, ODT company dancer. “This is my third year doing the show, and it’s been the most enjoyable dance experience I’ve ever had.”

One of the crowd favorites is undeniably “Dem Bones,”  which uses a number of special effects to mystify the crowd.

“‘Dem Bones’ is my favorite number because after so many years of shows, people still have no idea how the illusion works,” Johnson said. “I’m not giving away any secrets, but the number truly is amazing.”

The show contains both comical and frightening elements, with the intention to delight, frighten and amaze audiences.

"This is the show's 17th year, which is really impressive," Jill Johnson, ODT company dancer, said. "This is my third year doing the show, and it's been the most enjoyable dance experience I've ever had." (Photo courtesy of Odyssey Dance Theatre.)
“This is the show’s 17th year, which is really impressive,” said Jill Johnson, ODT company dancer. “This is my third year doing the show, and it’s been the most enjoyable dance experience I’ve ever had.” (Photo courtesy Odyssey Dance Theatre)

“The first half is more comedic and fun, and in the second half things get a little bit scarier,” Johnson said. “It’s always fun to hear the audience’s different reactions throughout the show.”

Most of the performances sold out beforehand last year, and tickets are selling even faster this year.

“When the show started, we only did four performances at Kingsbury Hall,” said Derryl Yeager, founder and artistic director of ODT. “We were told it would probably be a flop, but I believed in the show’s potential, and here we are so many years later.”

BYU also has some involvement with the show as technology students developed special LED lights that are used for the robots in the new “Blinded Me With Science” number. The piece was developed around this groundbreaking LED technology.

Tickets for the Provo shows start at $20 for reserved balcony seating and $25 for reserved main floor seating. Tickets can be purchased at https://secure.coveycenter.org/webtix/.

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