QNEK celebrates 20 years
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