LAURINBURG — The addition of professional dancers and dramatists to the Dancing With the Scotland Stars roster this week has kicked the competition into high gear.
Jordan and Mary Ann Davis, Jonathan Drahos and Carolanne Marano, and Jay and Mackenzie Toland were announced this week as three of the nine couples who will take the stage in he fourth annual fundraiser to benefit the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast and Scotland County Arts Council.
The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Highlands, with couples vying for the honors of “best dance” and “people’s choice.”
Mary Ann Davis is the owner of Krazy Feet Dance Company, which she founded while still a college student. She also serves as secretary at Faith Presbyterian Church. Her husband Jordan serves in the U.S. Army. The pair will perform a contemporary routine to a mash-up of music from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Put Me Back Together.”
Drahos, a theater professor at UNC-P, and theater director Marano, worked on theater productions for eight years before they were married 20 years ago, but will make their debut as a dancing pair at next week’s charity event to Bobby Darin’s “Irresistible You.”
Scotland County Schools finance officer Jay Toland and his wife, Mackenzie, who works for A New Leaf Therapeutic Services in Fayetteville, will be among the couples dancing the salsa. The two met when they were a waiter and country club hostess and now have a four-month old daughter.
To complement the Saturday night main event, which is usually a sold-out affair, this year Dancing With the Scotland Stars will add a Friday night preview for residents of Scotia Village.
Monies raised will support classes held at the center as well as major events like the annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina.
Other contestants named so far include Ken Ritch, a Laurinburg accountant, and his daughter Meghan Ritch O’Brien, a Raleigh kindergarten teacher and real estate broker. Raymond Esteves, associate director at Scotia Village, and wife Brenda, an event planner, are scheduled to perform a salsa.
Laurinburg community development director Teddy Warner and his wife Tiffany, a legal assistant at a Fayetteville firm, will dance to “You’re the One That I Want” from the musical Grease. Patrick Phillips, senior vice president of operations at Scotland Health Care System, and his wife Courtney will also be among the contestants, reprising their first wedding dance to “With This Ring” by the Platters.
Tickets are now on sale for $35 per person or $500 for a VIP table for 10. The evening will include a buffet dinner. A cash bar with champagne, beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available. The event will include a silent art auction, as well as a live auction featuring a selection of weekend getaways.
For information or to purchase tickets, visit storyartscenter.org or call the Storytelling and Arts Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 910-277-3599. Tickets are also available at Hi-Lites, Art by Design, and the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce office.