Just Announced! Casting Update for Ballroom with a Twist! at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Olympic Gold Medalist and Dancing with the Stars Champion Shawn Johnson Pulls Out - Chelsie Hightower Steps In

For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2013

The Ogunquit Playhouse, America’s Foremost Summer Theatre, just received word that due to a family emergency, Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson is unable to perform in Ballroom with a Twist on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 27 to August 31. Everyone at the Ogunquit Playhouse extends Shawn and her family best wishes during this time.

Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Chelsie Hightower is scheduled to replace Shawn in all shows during the weeklong engagement. For the past five years Chelsie has wowed audiences with her dancing skills as a professional dancer on the popular ABC show Dancing with the Stars. Chelsie has assisted with choreography and danced for numerous musical guests on DWTS including: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Martina McBride, Goo Goo Dolls, Heart, Jewel, Susan Boyle and Melissa Etheridge. In July, 2010 she received a Creative Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for her Dancing with the Stars routine, Paso Doble/Malaquena. She co-choreographed the piece with fellow DWTS professional dancer Derek Hough.

This sizzling show is back in Ogunquit by popular demand and also stars dance pro Anna Treybuskana along with Emmy Award nominated choreographer Dmitry Chaplin from Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Ballroom With A Twist also features Dancing with the Stars celebrity pro Oksana Dmytrenko, So You Think You Can Dance finalists Jonathan Platero, Randi Lynn Strong, Legacy and Jaymz Tuaileva and American Idol singers Von Smith and Gina Glocksen. This spectacular dancing and singing extravaganza is fun entertainment for the whole family - live at the Ogunquit Playhouse! If you can’t get enough of Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, this is your chance to see all your favorite stars live on the Ogunquit stage!

Ballroom with a Twist is at the Ogunquit Playhouse for one week only and tickets are selling fast. Single ticket prices range from $39 to $78 per show. For tickets call the Box Office at 207-646-5511 or order online at OgunquitPlayhouse.org. 

Following Ballroom with a Twist is one of the greatest love stories of all time, West Side Story, on stage from September 4 to September 28, remaining as powerful and timely as ever. Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story returns by popular demand to close the season from October 2 to October 20!

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Cheryl Farley
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About the Ogunquit Playhouse: The Ogunquit Playhouse is America’s Foremost Summer Theatre, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, producing the finest Broadway musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.