‘Thriller’ brings laughter, chills to Tuacahn

Thriller (Tuacahn)
Thriller (Tuacahn)
Thriller (Tuacahn)

Ghosts, goblins, monsters and zombies are taking over the stage at Tuacahn in one of Utah’s most popular Halloween traditions — Odyssey Dance Theatre’s production of Thriller.

“The show is such a classic,” says Darby Jones, a dancer with Odyssey Dance Theatre Company. “It’s so cool that dance can become a tradition.”

For Jones and the others in the company, dance has long been a personal tradition. Getting the opportunity to dance as part of a show like Thriller is a dream come true. Featuring classic Halloween characters like the Frankenstein monster and his bride, skeletons, Jason from Friday the 13th, and Chucky from Child’s Play, this is a dance concert unlike any you’ve seen. Despite its ghoulish backdrop, Thriller is more than just a fright fest; in many ways it’ll have you laughing.

“There’s a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor in the show,” says Derryl Yeager, director and choreographer for Odyssey Dance Theatre.

The content is surprising to those who haven’t seen the show before; beloved by those who have.

“People aren’t used to coming to a dance show and laughing,” Yeager says. “Other dance shows tend to be laden with artists working out their demons on stage. Here they’re dancing around dressed as actual demons.”

That’s not to say you won’t experience the thrills and chills of the season. There are plenty of spine tingling delights that Jones says are equally delightful to portray.

“It’s been so fun to develop the show personally and develop my characters and feel more confident about myself as a person and as an artist through this show,” she says.

More than anything, Jones and Yeager want audiences to know you don’t have to be a dancer to appreciate Thriller. There really is something in it for everyone.

Thriller takes the stage at Tuacahn Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Tickets start at just $21. For details on show times and more, log onto www.tuacahn.org or call 435-652-3300.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.