Dec 172018

Stepping Out

by Richard Harris
Audition dates:    Saturday 19 January 2019    2:00 – 5:00pm
Audition venue:   Old School House, Wharf Street, Logan Village.
Character descriptions:
MAVIS: the teacher, ex-pro dancer, attractive, considerate, organised and always obviously in charge of the group, 30 – 50 Preferred: ability to tap dance
LYNNE: eager to please, pretty but understated, never wears make-up, a student nurse, about 18-25
DOROTHY: small, anxious, birdlike, habit of repeating other people’s last words   … people’s last words, between 25 – 45 MAXINE: confident, attractive, business woman, lots of bling, 30 – 40
ANDY: thin, timid woman, bullied by her husband, 25 – 40
GEOFFREY: shy, quiet, honest, a bit bumbling, widower, has a crush on Andy, 30 – 45
SYLVIA: short, bubbly, flirty, ample curves, chews gum all the time, 20 – 45 ROSE: larger than life, wearing obvious wig, crucifix around her neck and lots of finger rings, 30 – 50
VERA: neat, proper, snob, but well-meaning, expensive tastes in clothes (but doesn’t quite get it right), immaculate hair and make-up, aspiring middleclass, 35 – 50
MRS/MR FRASER: class pianist, reads magazines, intolerant, sarcastic, grumpy, believes she/he is doing everyone a favour just by being there, 45-65 Preferred: able to play the piano
Performance dates: Saturday 23 March 2019  (2:00pm matinee) Saturday 30 March 2019  (7:30pm evening performance)
Synopsis: Harris’ warm and funny play is a wonderfully endearing tale of how friendship, camaraderie, and sheer determination can shape a group of mismatched beginners into proud performers. The story follows the lives of the members of an amateur tap class, which each attends for their own reasons. Mavis, an ex-professional dancer who never quite made it past the chorus line, now runs dance classes in the local village hall, with the help of her somewhat eccentric pianist. A mixed group of seven women and one man meet each week to swap their daily lives for the joy and challenge of tap, step, ball change. Conflicts arise. Secrets tumble out. Friendships grow. Then, one day, Mavis tells the group that they have been invited to perform in front of an audience for a charity concert. With varying degrees of talent and determination each class member rises to the challenge, but with only weeks to learn a fabulous tap routine, can they pull it off? Please note: All characters except Mrs/Mr Fraser must be willing and able to learn to tap dance.
Suburb & State:     Logan Village, Queensland.  4207  (Brisbane South)
Contact info:   (director)
                               0448 840 937
Company Name:    Village Green Theatre Group Inc.