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From small screen to Santa Rosa stage

  • The top ten dancers of 'So You Think You Can Dance' make up the touring dance group that will be coming to Santa Rosa Nov. 21 and 29. (Fox TV)

Why would people buy tickets to a live show when they can see the same show, with the same stars, on TV at home?

Because it's not the same, say those in the know. Take out the screen between stars and fans, and the experience is intensely more personal.

“There's a lot more interaction,” said comedian Greg Proops of “Whose Live Anyway?” — the touring version of the improvisational comedy TV series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

'So You Think You Can Dance' At Wells Fargo Center

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Proops, a longtime recurring co-star on the TV series, and series regular Ryan Stiles head a four-man troupe performing Saturday at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in a show that is almost sold out.

“We've been on the road for 13 years, and now the show is back on TV, so it's kinda crazy,” Proops said. “We go out three or four times a year.”

Live shows based on TV series sell well. The tour for the talent competition series, “So You Think You Can Dance,” already has sold out one show Nov. 21 at Wells Fargo Center, and tickets for a second performance Nov. 29 are selling fast.

“When we're on TV, we never get a chance to meet our fans,” said Makenzie Dustman, one of the show's top 10 contestants this past season. “We only get feedback on social media. But on the tour, we get to meet the fans out by the buses after the show.”

In season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” which ended in September, 18-year-old Dustman, a recent high-school graduate from Temecula in Southern California, placed 10th out of 10, yet emerged as a fan favorite.

“The most enjoyable thing for me is to finally meet the fans face to face,” Dustman said.

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