A comedy by Richard Harris
Directed by: Mark Horner
This warm and very funny play, not to be confused with the musical, enjoyed a hugely successful West End run in 1984 and won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award.
Set in North London, the story follows the lives of the members of an amateur tap class. Each attending for their own reasons, Harris’ play is a wonderfully endearing tale of how determination, friendship and camaraderie can shape even the most bashful into proud performers.
Performances will take place in May 2018 from Wednesday 23rd May to Thursday 31st May at the Earl Arts Centre, Earl St, Launceston.
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Prices: Adult $42.00, Concession $38.00, Group of 6 or more $36.00 per person, child under 16 $30.00
Mavis always wanted to be a professional dancer. Her dream is to be on the stage dancing, but she loves to teach. She has her own problems – she struggles with money and her relationship – so she conducts tap classes to escape from her life troubles. She cares about the people who attend her classes, and loves seeing them grow and develop as dancers.
Mr Fraser comes to the classes, plonks away at the piano, reads magazines, says sarcastic comments, and always looks fed up. He might seem bitter and lonely, but he looks upon Mavis as a daughter.
Maxine owns a little shop, and she always has something unbelievable to say – believe me! She works some dodgy deals, and makes promises she can’t always keep. She occasionally makes fun of Geoffrey, and generally tries to be cheerful and supportive of others.
Dorothy is an anxious and quiet person. She’s always worrying about something, but she loves being around positive people who lift her up. The tap class is her escape from life’s stress and trouble.
Lynne is cheerful and enthusiastic. She works as a nurse and comes to the classes to enjoy herself and forget about work. She sees Mavis as an inspiration, and she cares for everyone around her.
Vera always wants things to be clean and tidy. She is patronizing and she says things without really thinking. Her snobbish attitude and lack of consideration make her very difficult to get along with, and nobody seems to like her very much. I wonder if her relationship is as strong as she says?
What’s a tap class without a teacher? She’s got the skills, the looks, and the passion. She’s organised and in control… well, in lessons at least – private life is a different matter entirely. Class; please say ‘good morning’ to Mavis –
played by local tap legend, Melissa Wimmer
It’s not so easy to stay in time without a tune to dance to, and our pianist certainly knows it! Brace yourself for sarcasm, crankiness, and magazines! On the piano we have dear old Mr. Fraser,
played by Morris Hateley-Barter
Young, friendly, and keen to do her best! When the lovely Lynne isn’t tapping her toes, she’s learning to help others as a student nurse.
You’ll be in safe hands with Lena Reilly-Andrews
Was that an echo? No, that was just Dorothy repeating your last words. Poor, anxious Dorothy – she’s like a nervous little bird. Spread you wings, and
fly across the stage – Kate Dakin
Not a bird person? Here’s Maxine the Mouth! Down to earth, and doesn’t hold back; this confident business woman will certainly make a sound when
portrayed by Stephanie Koshin
She’s timid and repressed, but this doesn’t stop Andy from doing what she can to help others and stand up for a just cause. She’s bullied by her husband, but there is something developing between her and Geoffrey. Let’s see if she’ll find her voice (and her feet) when
played by Fiona Reilly
The pair of legs you can see behind the whiteboard belong to a very shy man. In an eclectic group of women, Geoffrey is the one who gives way and is pushed quietly into the background… who was I talking about again?
Oh, yes. Aaron Beck
Bouncy, lively, and a little irreverent; Sylvia is a wine drinking, gum chewing, easily distra- Ooh! Shiny! …anyway, prepare to be bowled over by
the brilliant Olivia Brodzinski
Outrageous, fabulous, and over the top – no, I’m not talking about the director! Rose is larger than life, and a bundle of laughs. She might not always get the step right, but you can be sure that she’ll have fun trying!
I’m sure we can rely on Kerri Gay to light up the stage.
Ah, at last, we come to a proper lady. Vera has a taste for the finer things (and if she had to catch the bus home because she couldn’t afford the taxi – well, nobody needs to know). Immaculate, tidy, picking up the gum that Sylvia left on the table;
we expect things to be up to standard for Janice Molineux
Director: Mark Horner
Choreography: Lorrinda Murray and Jack Cox
Executive Producers: Grahame Foster, Jeff Hockley
Stage Manager: Tegan Burgess Miller
Assistant Stage Manager: Alex Quilliam
Lighting Design: Jeff Hockley
Properties: Linda Emery
Costume Design: Janice Molineux, Terry Ryan
Review of Stepping Out by Marcus Bower 23.5.18
‘Stepping Out’ pulled on its tap shoes once again, and danced its way into the affection of the opening night audience at the Earl Arts Centre.
Directed by Mark Horner, for the Launceston Players, this musical was a warm and engaging comedy.
Set in a provincial hall, a group of disparate but identifiable characters came together to not only dance but also to escape their everyday lives.
Led by the experienced ‘Mavis’, Melissa Wimmer was delightful as the dance instructor who took them through their paces. She was the perfect choice for this pivotal role.
Dancing around her were a collection of eight humorous characters, who slowly revealed their inner lives.
As an ensemble their interplay grew as the play progressed; however, the pace of cues at times needed to be tighter.
Olivia Brodzinski as ‘Sylv’ had great presence and comic timing. Bouncing off her was ‘Rose’ played by Kerri Gay, who continually milked the material for all it was worth and had some wonderful moments.
Fiona Reilly brought a tender vulnerability as ‘Andy’ that counterpointed the overt humour of others.
Lena Reilly and Kate Daikin were authentic as the two youngest members of the tap troupe. While Aaron Becker as the soul male dancer, ably filled the difficult shoes of ‘Geoffrey’. He brought a gentle understatement to his performance.
Janice Molineux as the interfering ‘Vera’ carried off her role with aplomb. While Stephanie Koshin completed the ensemble as an accomplished hoofer.
Morris Hateley-Barter as the jaded accompanist ‘Mr. Fraser’, brought a quiet cynicism to his role which had us laughing.
The co – choreographers, Lorrinda Murray and Jack Cox harnessed the considerable dancing talents of this troupe and made the finale shine.
‘Stepping Out’ is a gentle and life affirming comedy. It continues at the Earl Arts Centre until May 31st. It then tours for one night only to both Longford and Scottsdale.