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Original Ballet Brings Salem Witch Trials To Life

Reformation Dance Company

This weekend, the Reformation Dance Company will be transporting audience members to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.

Their show Witch is an original ballet written by the company’s director and founder Kathy Vreeland.

The story will be told in the moment and through flashbacks of the main characters as four sisters navigate the treacherous Salem Witch Trials.

"It's really not a happy story. It's a grim story. Very emotional, very intense," said Vreeland. "We did a sneak preview for some audiences that came to open rehearsals and they were basically saying, wow, this is intense. It's beautiful. It's very serious."

The company only performs original ballets and performs two to three a year. All of the performers are local community members.

"We have a couple that are students. I've got a University of Wyoming dance major that's in this. But they're all local. Everybody's got jobs or goes to school. So, they're putting this in as a volunteer thing, really."

Vreeland also has a group of dancers in Denver that she travels to every week. They also travel to Cheyenne to practice with the main group of dancers.

Witch will be showing November 1 and 2 at the Cheyenne Civic Center. There will be another performance in Denver on November 22 at the Newman Center.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Ivy Engel, at iengel@uwyo.edu.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast ever since. Her internship was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors in journalism and business. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.
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