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Center Stage Jackson Presents
Directed by Julie Klee
September 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8:00 pm
September 23 and 30 at 3:00 pm
Baughman Theatre, Potter Center, at Jackson Community College.
Reservations can be made by calling 517-782-8473 (Addison Awning). General Admission: $15 adults; $12, ages 12 and younger (ticket price includes $1 JCC restoration fee).
The cast is: Jen Ann Guy, Alaina Kerr, Stephanie Klomsten, Antoinette LaCinski, Barbara Palmer, Brandy Piggott, Kristi Tilford, Sydney Topa, Nicole Woods, and Del Belcher.
This comedy by Richard Harris chronicles several months of a beginning tap dance class. Each of the 8, from a variety of backgrounds, has his or her reason for joining. Maxine, a confident, fast-talking saleswoman (and former Ovaltine dancer), is there on doctor's orders, while self-sacrificing Andy participates because it is the only thing she does for herself. Whatever the cause, they make a point of coming every week to chat, relax and, if they can manage to, learn a couple of dance steps.
Led by Mavis, their eternally patient instructor, and accompanied by the acerbic pianist Mrs. Fraser, the students (ranging from hopeless to competent) strive to master the basics of dance. But the steps and routines are just the background for the real focus of the play -- the relationships and interactions of these 10 very different people. By their final performance, not only have the class members developed some degree of skill, but they have also overcome the inhibitions, awkwardness and personality conflicts that have kept them out of sync.