Very few things can match the magic and importance of a dance shared by a father and daughter.
This will be demonstrated time and time again during the Father/Daughter Enchanted Ball fundraiser, which will take place from 6-9 p.m. June 22 at Main Attraction Van Buren, 701 Main St. in Van Buren, said Danielle Ross, a co-founder and director for the Wanda J. Williams Theater Co.
Set to raise money for the Wanda J. Williams Theater Co. and the Children’s Emergency Shelter, the Enchanted Ball will include dinner, photo ops, musical performances and a chance for fathers and daughters to dance the night away alongside their favorite princesses, she said. Among the well-loved princesses schedule to be in attendance are Moana, Cinderella, Ariel, and “Frozen” sisters Elsa and Anna, among others, Ross said.
Mothers who “act as their children’s father” also can attend the event, which will include food, drinks and games, she said.
“The Father/Daughter Enchanted Ball is just a super-fun party to display some of the very kind, very sweet actresses,” Ross said. “We intend to offer these princesses for performances at birthday parties and events, and this dance is a way to get them out there to the public.”
Princesses will perform for the children, read stories and dance with attendees, she said. A professional photographer will take photographs for free during the event.
“This is going to be a special event because it will bring fathers and daughters closer together,” said Lexi Gartman, a member of the theater group since it started about three years ago. “Honestly, it will be a magical night for the girls because they will get to be with their dads and they will get to meet their favorite princesses. I hope as many people as possible attend.”
The Enchanted Ball will be the first of numerous upcoming activities the theater group will host, Ross said.
“We’ll have a ‘101 Dalmatians’-themed summer camp for kids in grades K-9 at Main Attraction the last two full weeks of June,” she said. “And I’ve just begun a class, ‘Drama Boot Camp,’ that takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays at Main Attraction.
“Each month will focus on a new skill — monologue, audition prep, silent acting, duet acting, musical theatre, modeling, dance, stage combat and more,” Ross added. “The last Monday of each month will be a performance for friends and family to show off what the children have learned.”
Twenty-five percent of the money raised from the Father/Daughter Enchanted Ball will go to support the Children’s Emergency Shelter, she said. The shelter provides a safe, structured home-like environment for children who are ages 6-17 and have been removed from their home by the Department of Human Services due to neglect and/or abuse.
Tickets for the Enchanted Ball are $50 per father/daughter or group and can be purchased by emailing DanielleRoss0214@gmail.com, at EventBrite.com or by sending a message to the Danielle Ross Facebook page and the Wanda J. Williams Theater Company Facebook page. Deadline to buy tickets is June 15.
“The remaining profits will go to fund our upcoming productions and events,” Ross said. “We just want to bring smiles. We can’t wait.”