Taking his wife’s advice, Harris visited the local church hall, a setting very much like that in the play, where a tap dance class was in progress. «My wife hadn’t been to the tap dance class», he explains. «She went to join a modern dance group, so it was by pure luck that I happened to go there and look through the window when a tap dance class was going on. It struck me that they all seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves and I thought if I could capture that, the pleasure they are clearly getting out of the class, it might be a winner. So I spent a period researching and going to various dance classes and then wrote the play.»
The play reveals the ethos, pathos, humor and uncoordinated lives of an unusual tapestry of personalities. Their inability to dance is but the tip of the iceberg. Can they pull it together by show time? Mavis (Jenny Dunne) runs the class. She is an ex-dancer who never quite made it but has never lost her love for the art. Her motley students, 7 women and 1 man, include the very nervous and excitable Dorothy (Lisa Foster McCrae); student nurse, Lynne (April Streeter); Jamaican bookkeeper with music in her soul Rose (Brandi Best); unappreciated and unfulfilled Maxine (Anita Morin); the repressed and awkward, Andy (Ruth-Ann Fletcher); the OCD fashionista, Vera (Michele Streeter); the fast talking American, Sylvia (Sue Kuzma); and timid shipping clerk, Geoffrey (Phil Gosselin). It’s the age old scenario of pulling together in order to try to achieve something against all odds. The tension is augmented by the evercantankerous interjections of the pianist, Mr. Fraser played by Lynn Leimer.
Show dates are May 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at Woodknot Bookshop, catamountarts.org, QNEK Box Office 802334-2216, or by calling the Haskell Box Office 802-873-3022 US/819-876-2471 CDN. Tickets can also be ordered by going – Passed away at the CHSLD Memphremagog on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at the age of 86. Adoring husband of the late Jeannine Gilbert and dear brother of Leo (Marielle), Jacqueline (Valmore), the late Guy (Agathe) and the late Roland (Joan); loving uncle of Yves, Manon, Alain, Denis, Christian, Francine Alain, François, Maryse, Daniel, Robert and Linda. Emile will also be sadly missed by his nephews and nieces in the Gilbert family along with many cousins, other relatives and numerous of friends. Resting at the
Cass Funeral Home, 545 Dufferin, Stanstead where friends and family may come to visit on Sunday, May 12th, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., also on Monday, May 13th, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., followed by the funeral service in Sacred Heart church in Stanstead. Interment will take place in Mont Ste. Marie Cemetery. As a tribute to his memory, donations made to the Cemetery would be greatly appreciated by the family. to www.qnek.com. The show is underwritten by Heron’s Path, Community National Bank, Passumpsic Bank, North Country Hospital, Newport Rotary, Fred’s Plumbing and Heating, Paul Decelles Financial Strategies, Derby Village Store, St J Subaru, Hoagies, and Columbia Forest Products. Additional support is being provided by The Front Desk, Jay Peak Ski Resort, the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, and WhimseyWorks, VT.