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Stepping Out - Musical Review

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It's dance, it's comedy and you will find a little bit of yourself in at least one of the characters in the musical, Stepping Out. Stepping Out was originally a play and was later adapted into a musical and became hugely popular.

Stepping Out the musical
Stepping Out the musical

The musical is about a tap dancing class that a group of eight people attend. The group is lead by Mavis, the calm and composed instructor who is passionate about the dance. Each of the attendees are from different walks of life and attend the class for their own reason. Someone is trying to lose weight, someone is just following their heart and someone is reliving their time with a lost one.

The dancing troupe
The dancing troupe

The talented Penny Stewart plays Mavis and tap dances effortlessly. It was a pleasure to watch Penny perform. However, below this composed demeanour is a little secret that Mavis (Penny) is hiding and she hopes that soon everything will be set right.

Penny Stewart as Mavis
Penny Stewart as Mavis

The students include seven women and one man, Geoffrey, who is saddened by his wife's death whom he met during a dance class. Maxine, Sylvia and Rose send the audience giggling for a bit with their perfect comic timing.

Vera - Sally O'Donoghue
Vera - Sally O'Donoghue

Sylvia - Elle McAdams
Sylvia - Elle McAdams

Vera, the cleaning angel with her outrageous dress sense brings a different vibe into the class. She is curious about everyone's affairs yet doesn't realise where she may be crossing the line.

The adorable Dorothy is trying to get away from her ailing mother and spend a couple of hours for herself each week.

The seemingly casual class suddenly becomes more serious when a charity event asks them to perform a routine. Mavis wants her students to put up a great show and engages them in a dance sequence. Though Mavis finds the steps really simple and easy, the group finds it very convoluted and difficult to learn.

As days to the big show come closer, each one has their own two cents they want to add to the routine and Mavis is suddenly not too sure if her group will do a good job.

Watch the show to find out how they went. It is sure to leave you laughing and yet a bit warm and fuzzy. The songs are well blended into the musical especially the opening song One Night a Week and What I Want. The musical is choreographed by Natalie Leather and directed by Brett Russell.
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Why? Dance a little, giggle a little, step out a little
When: June 14 - 23 , 2pm and 8 pm (see website)
Where: Sutherland Memorial School of Arts East Parade Sutherland, NSW - Australia
Cost: $25-$33
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