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The Play

"Tap, step, heel… tap, step, heel, ball change… right now starting on the left foot, no, your other left foot…right!... tap, step, heel,… tap, step, heel…"

Rehearsals are well underway for the Players' final show of the year "Stepping Out". This gentle heart-warming comedy follows an eccentric group of women and one man in their weekly tap-dance class, struggling to conquer their inhibitions and an excess of left feet. Masterfully accompanied on the piano by the belligerent Mrs. Fraser. The cast contains an abundance of talent. Many have been dancing and choreographing shows for many years and have been looking forward to being able to be part of a show where the dance is such an important factor.

It is hilarious how to watch these extremely talented dancers pretending to be beginners. But the cast also contains some members who are very new to dance and have never tapped before.

The Director, Jenny Woodall, has years of tap-dancing experience behind her. This is the show which takes the audience behind the scenes into the rehearsal room and shares with them the joy and laughter as well as the stress, tears and hard-work that go into producing just one fabulous dance sequence. And it will be fabulous!

The real rehearsal process aligns very closely to the script. "The biggest problem at the moment is that they're all too good!" said Jenny.

Your feet won't be able to keep still!

A Triumph on Tap!

The Playwright

Richard Harris was born in London. His plays include The Maintenance Man, The Dog It Was, Conscience Be Damned, Albert and Victoria, Local Affairs, Outside Edge (Evening Standard Award for 1979) and Stepping Out (Standard Drama Award for 1984). He co-created the BBC series Shoestring and his plays for television include Who's a Good Boy Then? I Am, You Must be Virginia, Saving It For Albie, When the Boys Come Out to Play, Sunday in Perspective, Occupier's Risk, Time and Mr Madingley, I Can See Your Lips Move, A Slight Formality, Jack's Trade and Dog Ends. Among his adaptations for television are Murder Most English, The Prince and the Pauper, Plain Murder and Sherlock Holmes. His radio play Was It Something I Said? was a winner of the Giles Cooper Radio Award.

His more recent TV credits include A Touch of Frost (1992) and The Last Detective (2003).

The Director

Jenny Woodall studied drama at University of Queensland and has had many years experience teaching dance, drama, directing and performing. Her first performance was at the age of six as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.

She was most recently seen on stage in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in the demanding and electrifying role of Maggie.



The Cast

CharacterActor
MavisHelen Ekundayo Helen Ekundayo is a podiatrist who has also taught tap dance in the past.
Mrs FraserMorna Kassulke The show is accompanied by the very talented Morna Kassulke. She is an well-known and accomplished pianist and local music teacher.
LynneAnthea Lock Anthea Lock has directed last years 'Secret Bridesmaid's Business" and has already tapped her way into audience hearts in the much put upon role of Gay Lunn in "Over the Top with Jim" .
DorothyColleen Lock Colleen Lock was last seen on stage as the one-eyed Queenslander, Olive Lunn, in "Over the Top with Jim". She has taught Ballroom dance for many years and is enjoying learning to tap as the enthusiastic Dorothy.
MaxineCatherine Hegarty In 2001, Catherine Hegarty made her debut with The Villanova Players as Sr Amnesia in Nunsense and the following year was in the ensemble cast of Snapshots from Home. Since then she has played the Italian Tenor's Wife, Maria, in Lend Me a Tenor and performed various roles in the premier session of "Lottie". Stepping Out marks her 21st production and she is looking forward to tapping her way into your hearts with her larger than life character Maxine
AndyLynette Wockner Lynette has choreographed many shows for the Players and for other Brisbane Theatre Companies, most recently for Savoyards' "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Narnia" for Brisbane Arts. It is a delight to see her as the shy and awkward Andy who stumbles her way through the classes.
GeoffreyLeo Bradley Leo Bradley is better know as a director and designer, directing the much acclaimed season of "Over the Top with Jim" and more recently "Narnia" for Brisbane Arts. Leo is not a dancer AT ALL and is learning everything from scratch. "I'm very good at the bits where I'm not supposed to be very good!"
SylviaJane Sizer Jane Sizer is also new to dance. Last seen as the morose Joyce in "Over the Top with Jim" she's relishing the role of the battler, Sylvia" -"I just seem to use what ever foot comes to hand!"
RoseLynn Chapman Lynn Chapman is new to the Players and enjoying learning process. "I've always wanted to learn to Tap, so it seemed an excellent opportunity".
VeraJill Cross Jill Cross is also better know as the director of last year's extremely successful play "To Kill Mockingbird" . She is also new to tap and enjoying the challenge. She plays the snobby Vera.

The Crew

Stage ManagerMary Woodall
Assistant Stage ManagerMatthew Horner
Production ManagerLeo Bradley
ChoreographerJenny Woodall and Belinda Cooper
CostumesLeo Bradley
SoundBen Whitehouse
LightingMatthew Horner

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“Stepping Out ” will play at "The Hanrahan Theatre"
Villanova College,
Sixth Avenue, Coorparoo


Fri 10th and Sat 11th November 2006 at 7:30pm;
Sun 12th November 2006 at 1:30pm;
Sat 18th November 2006 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm;
Sun 19th November 2006 at 1:30pm
Thur 23rd and Fri 24th November 2006 at 7:30pm;
Sat 25th November 2006 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm;

Prices: $16 / $13 / $11 / $6
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