Have the time of your life at ‘Dirty Dancing’

Josef Brown and Georgina Rich star in "Dirty Dancing," playing at Harris Center for the Arts this week. Courtesy photo

It was a smash hit film and now the staged version of the classic story “Dirty Dancing” by Eleanor Bergstein comes to Stage One when Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, come together for what will be the most triumphant summer of their lives.

It’s the summer of 1963 and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.

“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film “Dirty Dancing” and book writer for the production, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more physically in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was theatre — live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present — on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more Baby and Johnny scenes, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time [in the film] and, best of all, more dancing.”

Featuring the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” “Dirty Dancing” will be directed by Sarna Lapine with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion.

“Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On Stage” comes to Harris Center for five shows: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5; 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Tickets are $49 t $79 with premium seats available for $89; a 10 percent discount is offered for Friday matinee single tickets. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.


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