November 20, 2008
The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University Presents the British Comedy “Stepping Out”
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Conservatory students (l-r) Caitlyn Mickey, Shayla Spradley, Jamie Lynn Concepcion and Daniel Ford Please give photo credit to Karen Burch
Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents “Stepping Out,” by Richard Harris, Dec. 3-7 and Dec. 10-14.
The production will be located in the Stage III Theatre located in Webster Hall, 470 E. Lockwood. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m., except Sundays, which will have 2 p.m. matinees only. Admission is $12 for the general public and $6 for senior adults and students. For ticket reservations, call the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128.
“Stepping Out” is a warm and funny play about the lives of nine women and one man attending a weekly tap-dance class in a dingy North London church basement. The teacher, Mavis, is an ex- professional dancer whose personal life is a mess, but who loves to teach. The students are a hilarious, motley and loveable crew who want to learn dancing just for the fun of it. As the play unfolds, the troubles and personalities of each if the characters is highlighted: bubbly Sylvia; nervous Andy; snobby but well-meaning Vera; confident Maxine; supportive Lynne, who is very serious about dancing; anxious Dorothy; larger than life Rose and Geoffrey, the lone widowed male. Accompanied on the piano by the lugubrious Mrs. Fraser, the tappers improve, so much so that at the climax, a grand charity show performance, they have been transformed into triumphant tappers, worthy of any chorus line.
Lara Teeter, head of Webster’s musical theatre program, directs “Stepping Out.”