Haran Dancers bring back dramas for spring


S-E Staff Reporter

Kettle Falls Haran School of Irish Dance and An Dochas are presenting “A Spring Celebration.” The show consists of live music and singing by An Dochas, Irish dancing by the Haran Dancers, as well as story dances narrated by Thomas Hart.

Haran Dancers instructor Claire Worley said her school has been preparing for the concert since the end of last year, with official rehearsals kicking into gear at the beginning of May.
There will be 46 dancers ranging from ages five to 27 performing. Worley said the majority of her students fall between the ages of 10 and 18. Some just joined the school last October and others are veteran performers.

“The whole school gets to participate,” said Worley.

All of Worley's students will be wearing a variety of costumes that were made in-house.

The dramas are a fresh feature.

“We wanted to bring back some dramas. The last time they were done was nearly 20 years ago,” Worley said. “We're brining them out of the archives.”

Dramas are not performed often because they're quite the production and are not suited for all venues.

The Haran Dancers will be performing a drama based on “The Children of Lir,” a Celtic fairytale.

The shows will take place at the Colville High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday May 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for anyone 18 and younger. Tickets are available at RE Lee in Colville, Meyers Falls in Kettle Falls and Valley Drug in Chewelah.

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Haran Dancers practice for their Spring Celebration performance.

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Practice for the drama.