‘Traveling with the Toes’ was a trip worth taking

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With comedy, variety, cuteness and, of course, a lot of dancing, the Mesquite Toes 2016 Spring Dance Spectacular offered the audience everything they could have hoped for and lived up to the name; it was truly a spectacular show.

On April 14, 15 and 16, the MTTT women, men and children took to the stage and gave the audience a very different kind of show that incorporated a trip across the country. This year, Vicki Eckman and the various Toes Teams outdid themselves, taking the audience on tour of their own various travels. The first themed show ever, “Traveling with the Toes” was quite the 90-minute vacation.

The Toes delighted the audience with some bargain bin Day-Glo costumes right out of the gate and set the stage for adventure, whimsy and fun. Some younger travelers, AKA The Mesquite Toes kids, joined the MTTT on their latest journey and the entire troupe, young and old, incorporated quite a bit of musical theatre into the repertoire. The Sun City Sound Guys had the audience nearly rolling on the floor with their rendition of John Denver’s “18 Holes,” a spin-off of the Johnny Cash Classic “Sixteen Tons.”

Throughout the entire show the audience responded with tons of laughter, applause and far too many “oohs and aahs” to count. From Broadway to Hollywood and even to the South Pacific and back home again, it was a trip well worth taking.

Stay tuned to the Arts schedules and MLN calendar for the Toes next great adventure when they shoot for the moon and the stars in the Nevada Senior Games Dance Competition Sept. 27 at the Clark County Library, 1405 E. Flamingo Road, in Las Vegas.

During the Mesquite Toes Spring Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15, and 16, Mesquite Toes Blue, Turquois and novice teams take the audience ‘Fishin in the Dark.’ Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

During the Mesquite Toes Spring Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15, and 16, Mesquite Toes Blue, Turquois and novice teams take the audience ‘Fishin in the Dark.’ Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Mesquite Toes Blue Team members have ‘Happy Feet’ as they take the audience on one of the many stops while ‘Traveling with the Toes’ during the MTTT Spring Dance Spectacular on Friday, April 15 at the Mesquite Community Theatre.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Mesquite Toes Blue Team members have ‘Happy Feet’ as they take the audience on one of the many stops while ‘Traveling with the Toes’ during the MTTT Spring Dance Spectacular on Friday, April 15 at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

John Sadler sings to the ‘Beauty School Drop Out’ Donna Eads while the rest of the Mesquite Toes Musical Theatre Ensemble sport their not-quite-complete beauty school coiffures.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

John Sadler sings to the ‘Beauty School Drop Out’ Donna Eads while the rest of the Mesquite Toes Musical Theatre Ensemble sport their not-quite-complete beauty school coiffures. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Claudette Rellas plays ‘Bloody Mary’ while her South Pacific naval escorts, Phil Brittain and Mike Schultz, fawn all over ‘The Girl they Love.’  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Claudette Rellas plays ‘Bloody Mary’ while her South Pacific naval escorts, Phil Brittain and Mike Schultz, fawn all over ‘The Girl they Love.’ Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Claudette Rellas and the Mesquite Toes Kids share some ‘Happy Talk’ with the audience during the Mesquite Toes Spring Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16.  Kids (not in order):  Brooke Helsten, Connor Helsten, Samantha Davis, Sarah Davis, Aiden Steyee and Maddy Steyee.    Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Claudette Rellas and the Mesquite Toes Kids share some ‘Happy Talk’ with the audience during the Mesquite Toes Spring Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16. Kids (not in order): Brooke Helsten, Connor Helsten, Samantha Davis, Sarah Davis, Aiden Steyee and Maddy Steyee. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mesquite Toes Kids join the rest of the troupe in ‘Washing that Man Right outta Their Hair’ during the Mesquite Toes Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15, and 16.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Mesquite Toes Kids join the rest of the troupe in ‘Washing that Man Right outta Their Hair’ during the Mesquite Toes Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15, and 16. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

The Mesquite Toes Musical Theatre Ensemble takes the audience on a trip to the South Pacific, just one of the many stops while ‘Traveling with the Toes’ during the Spring Dance Spectacular which was held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

The Mesquite Toes Musical Theatre Ensemble takes the audience on a trip to the South Pacific, just one of the many stops while ‘Traveling with the Toes’ during the Spring Dance Spectacular which was held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Elise Dick (age 13) is one of the youngest members of the Mesquite Toes Turquois Team and may dramatically reduce the average age of the MTTT dancers but her talents only enhance the group as they have fun dancing and ‘Singing in the Rain’ during the Spring Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Elise Dick (age 13) is one of the youngest members of the Mesquite Toes Turquois Team and may dramatically reduce the average age of the MTTT dancers but her talents only enhance the group as they have fun dancing and ‘Singing in the Rain’ during the Spring Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Mike Rechcygiel and Gary Williams are just two of the Sun City Sound guys who performed a humorous rendition of John Denver's '18 Holes' a spin off of Johnny Cash's 'Sixteen Tons'.

Mike Rechcygiel and Gary Williams are just two of the Sun City Sound guys who performed a humorous rendition of John Denver’s ’18 Holes’ a spin off of Johnny Cash’s ‘Sixteen Tons’.

Bargain Bin, five dollar costumes inspired Vickie Eckman, Mesquite Toes Founder, Director and Choreographer, in developing the” Traveling with the Toes’” 2016 Spring Dance Spectacular opening number Supercalifragillisticexpialidotious. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Bargain Bin, five dollar costumes inspired Vickie Eckman, Mesquite Toes Founder, Director and Choreographer, in developing the” Traveling with the Toes’” 2016 Spring Dance Spectacular opening number Supercalifragillisticexpialidotious. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Susan Schultz shows off her ‘Honey Bun’ Mike Schultz during the performance of the Mesquite Toes Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Susan Schultz shows off her ‘Honey Bun’ Mike Schultz during the performance of the Mesquite Toes Dance Spectacular held at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 14, 15 and 16. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Ruth Pacheco says:

    Mesquite Toes are fantastic! We saw their show Sat. night & eagerly awaiting the next show!!!

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