QNEK cel­e­brates 20 years

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Derby Line, VT

QNEKPro­duc­tions, In­ter­na­tional Theatre Com­pany in Res­i­dence at the Haskell Opera House is cel­e­brat­ing their 20th An­niver­sary sea­son – Eclec­ti­cally Elec­tric!

The sea­son pre­miere di­rected by Su­san-Lynn Johns, is the tap danc­ing show with two left feet, STEP­PING OUT, by Richard Har­ris and pro­duced through spe­cial ar­range­ment with Sa­muel French. First made pop­u­lar in 1948 by Fred As­taire, Irv­ing Ber­lin’s song “Step­pin’ Out” has con­tin­ued to resur­face over the years: in 1996, Martin Short and Miss Piggy per­formed it in a tele­vi­sion spe­cial and Tony Ben­nett crooned the tune on MTV Un­plugged.

Well, the tune will be fa­mil­iar, but the shenani­gans that tran­spire in this toe-tap­ping com­edy will not even come close to Easter Pa­rade or the Mup­pet Spe­cial. The only sim­i­lar­ity to the afore­men­tioned is that this show is UN­PLUGGED!

Set in Eng­land in the 1980s, the play con­cerns eight in­di­vid­u­als from dis­parate back­grounds and with dif­fer­ing mo­ti­va­tions who at­tend the same weekly tap danc­ing class in a dingy North Lon­don church hall. De­spite the stu­dents at first treat­ing the classes as so­cial oc­ca­sions, and show­ing lit­tle co-or­di­na­tion, they later de­velop a level of skill and co­he­sive­ness. The dance rou­tines pro­vide the back­ground for the fo­cus of the play, which is the re­la­tion­ship and in­ter­ac­tion among the dif­fer­ent stu­dents and their teacher, Mavis.

Ac­cord­ing to the play­wright, Richard Har­ris, the in­spi­ra­tion for the show came from his late wife, the ac­tress Hi­lary Crane: «My wife started her ca­reer as a dancer and she liked to keep her foot in, as it were, so she went down to the lo­cal dance class and when she came back she sug­gested that I should go and have a look as she felt there might be a play in it for me.»

see ''Step­pin out'' page 13

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