‘Thriller’ segments removed in light of U. student’s shooting death
October 26, 2018
In light of the recent shooting death of Lauren McCluskey on the University of Utah campus,Odyssey Dance Theatre has pulled two numbers from this season's remaining performance dates of the annual "Thriller" concert, which last presented in Park City on Oct. 7. The performance is scheduled to continue its run through Oct. 30 at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City.
The two numbers, "Sugarplum's Finale" and "River of Blood Dance," depicts dancers getting killed by gunfire.
"While these pieces were created years ago and have long held a special and humorous place in the show – we realize that what was once funny – has lost its creative and comedic luster as societal and current events have changed the audience's overall perception and appreciation," said Derryl Yeager, Odyssey Dance Theatre's artistic director, in a statement. "While we regret that 'times have changed' – we hope that audiences will appreciate the numerous other Halloween oriented favorites that are still in the show."
A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday for McCluskey, a student-athlete at the U. McCluskey was shot and killed outside her dorm on Monday, Oct. 22 by Melvin Rowland, a convicted sex offender. Police found Rowland dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Salt Lake City church later that night.
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