“Step­pin out”

Stanstead Journal - - CLAS­SI­FIEDS -

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.

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