A Michael Jackson sighting in Lakeland?

By on June 22, 2012

Dani Panic (right) as Michael Jackson (photo courtesy of With Love Productions)

Lakeland, Fla. — Lake Mirror Theatre in Lakeland will be buzzing this Saturday June 23rd with the sounds of the legendary pop stars Michael and Janet Jackson and Janet .  Why you ask?

That‘s because WITH LOVE PRODUCTIONS  INC rolls out “Scream,” a tribute to Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

Last summer WITH LOVE PRODUCTIONS wowed the standing room only crowd with a Michael Jackson tribute called, With L.O.V.E.: A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Bay area talent Dani Panic dances the role of Michael Jackson and Panic is spectacular! An unbelievable resemblance in look, style and movement.

Rocket Sports & Entertainment’s Rick Sassone was in attendance last year and said, “Alicia and Alessandra (Alicia Fields and Alessandra Stillinger / WITH LOVE PRODUCTIONS INC) took their production talents to the next level with a remarkable show!  I am looking forward to this year’s show, It’s a must see, you will not believe the performance of Dani Panic… I still think it’s really Michael living here in Florida!”

Alessandra Stillinger (right) and Brenna Eckhardt in Lakeland during the last raw rehearsal. Brenna likes a challenge (Rocket Sports & Entertainment staff photo)

Brenna Eckhardt one of the dancers in this year performance whom was part of the stage staff last year was asked if being part staff last year motivated her to dance this year.  Brenna said, “Yes, It just looked fun and I like fun dances.  They are difficult dances and I love a challenge.”

We asked Brenna what is was like working with someone of the caliber of Dani Panic, “He is really good and I just learned the dances, he has been doing them for a long time.  When I dance behind him he is sooo good it’s a little intimidating.”

And comparing the show to last year Eckhardt said, “This year will be real clean, we only have eight dancers.  And this year we are doing Janet (Jackson) too.”

Rocket Sports & Entertainment chatted with Dani Panic during a brief rehearsal break. “I think it’s gonna make the show a lot more dynamic…uh,  I always felt that Michael and Janet were two sides of the same coin.  They are both very high energy and the’re iconic, I think it only adds to the show, I’m just glad we revisited Michael this year,”  said Panic when asked about including some Janet Jackson numbers in the show this year.

Panic revealed the number of Michael songs when we asked, “I have 4 sets and in those sets there are 2 to 3 songs in each set, I think there are 16 to 17 songs all together, and the finale…”Scream”

Earlier this week Alicia Fields told Matt Reinstetle of the Lakeland Ledger, “I’m a dancer, a choreographer, I teach and I thought it would be fun to put my own spin on it, who am I to change anything Michael Jackson did. I thought it would be fun.”

Dani Pani (center) and Alicia Fields perfect their moves on the night of the last raw performance (Rocket Sports & Entertainment staff photo)

Fields,the Creative Director and Dance Coordinator for With LOVE PRODUCTIONS INC designed dances unique to With LOVE PRODUCTIONS to compliment the Jackson music.

Thursday night in Lakeland was the last raw rehearsal for the cast and tonight, the 22nd will be a full blown dress rehearsal with the big show Saturday night, curtain up at 7:30pm.

TICKETS at the door $10.00

Portions of the proceeds donated to HEARTLAND FOR CHILDREN

Lake Mirror Theatre

121 S. Lake Ave.Between Orange and Main Streets, Lakeland, FL, 33806
(863) 603-7529 – Venue Website
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