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Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

The cast features Haven Burton, Darlesia Cearcy, Carlos L. Encinias and more.

Production photos have been released for the world premiere musical How to Dance in Ohio. Inspired by Alexandra Shiva's Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name, How to Dance in Ohio features book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik (she/her), music by Jacob Yandura (he/him), choreography by Mayte Natalio (she/her) and direction by Sammi Cannold (she/her). The new musical is the 2022/2023 season opener at Syracuse Stage and is now in performances through Oct. 9, 2022. Tickets are available at www.syraucsestage.org or at the Syracuse Stage Box Office (315-443-3275).

Check out photos below!

The How to Dance in Ohio cast includes Tony Award-winning RENT star Wilson Jermaine Heredia (he/him), Broadway veterans and seven autistic actors. Heredia leads the cast as Dr. Emilio Amigo, alongside Haven Burton (she/her; Shrek the Musical, Violet) as Teresa, Darlesia Cearcy (she/her; Shuffle Along, Once On This Island) as Johanna, Carlos L. Encinias (he/him; Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!) as Kurt, Desmond Edwards (he/him) as Remy, Amelia Fei (she/her) as Caroline, Nick Gaswirth (he/him; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) as Michael, Melina Kalomas (she/her) as Amy, Madison Kopec (she/her) as Marideth, Liam Pearce (he/him) as Drew, Marina Pires (she/her; Aladdin, On Your Feet!) as Ashley Amigo, Imani Russell (they/them) as Melissa, Conor Tague (he/him) as Tommy, and Ashley Wool (she/her) as Jessica. Elana Babbitt (she/her), Corrine Ferrer (she/her), and Zach Simpson (he/him) are the understudies, and Imri Leshed (they/he) and Nicole Fazia (they/she) are the swings.

How to Dance in Ohio is a heart-filled new musical that explores what it means to belong, the courage it takes to put yourself out in the world, and the universal need to connect. Based on Shiva's award-winning documentary, produced by HBO in 2015, the musical follows the challenges and exhilarations faced by a group of seven autistic young adults at a counseling center in Columbus, Ohio. With the support of clinical psychologist Dr. Emilio Amigo, the center arranges a spring formal dance, and encourages them as they encounter love, fear, stress, excitement and hope, along the path to human connection.

The full creative team includes scenic designer Robert Brill (Cabaret, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Thoughts of a Colored Man) co-costume designers Sarafina Bush (For Colored Girls...) and Michael Ryan Andolsek, lighting designer Bradley King (Tony Awards Hadestown and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) and sound designer Connor Wang. Music direction is by Lily Ling (she/her) with music supervision by Matt Gallagher. Scott Rowen (he/him) is the production stage manager and Laura Jane Collins (she/her) the assistant stage manager. Mary McGowan (she/her) is the associate director, Justin Prescott (he/him) the associate choreographer, and Nicole D'Angelo (they/she) the music associate.

Photo credit: Curtis Brown

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Conor Tague, Amelia Fei, Imani Russell, Liam Pearce, Madison Kopec, Desmond Edwards, Ashley Wool

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Marina Pires, Imani Russell, Desmond Edwards, Conor Tague, Madison Kopec, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Ashley Wool, Liam Pearce, Amelia Fei

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Nick Gaswirth, Madison Kopec

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Marina Pires

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Darlesia Cearcy & Haven Burton

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Liam Pearce, Ashley Wool, Amelia Fei, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Madison Kopec, Desmond Edwards, Conor Tague

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Liam Pearce

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Amelia Fei, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Ashley Wool

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Ashley Wool, Imani Russell, Amelia fei, Liam Pearce, Desmond Edwards, Carlos Encinias, Darlesia Cearcy

Photos: First Look at Wilson Jermaine Heredia & More in the World Premiere of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Madison Kopec, Liam Pearce

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