Production 134 Stepping Out

Stepping OutBy Richard Harris

Performed on Thu 18th to Sat 20th July 1991 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mavis Debbie Johnson
Mrs. Fraser Elizabeth Giles
Lynne Emily Straight
Dorothy Sue Watson
Maxime Patricia Norcliffe
Andy Alison Eyden
Ballet Student Gill Watson
Geoffrey Barrie Lewis
Sylvia Theresa Banks
Rose Stephanie Young
Vera Christine Eyden
S/M & Presenter’s Voices Russell Bright
Sugar Plum Fairy Dorothy Smith
Nigel Dave Ashton
The Jolly Jacques Phyllis Gray, Russell Bright, Stephanie Walmsley & Pam Beecham

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Previews/Reviews

 

Previews/Reviews

Stepping Out

Players Ready to Step Out

There is plenty of tap dancing in The Guild Players production of Stepping Out. The play is set in a church hall where tap dancing classes are taking place. Debbie Johnson takes the role of the dance teacher and she really has been teaching other members of the cast to tap. Gill Watson is directing Stepping Out. It is a play full of comedy and pathos as the lives of the dance students are revealed. Members of the cast include Elizabeth Giles, Emily Straight, Sue Watson, Patricia Norcliffe. Alison Eyden, Theresa Banks, Stephanie Young, Christine Eyden, Dot Smith and Tansy Waterman, with the only man being Barrie Lewis. Stepping Out is being presented at The Kilshawe Theatre, St’ George’s Hall, for three nights from Thursday, July 18th at 7:30pm.

Cast of Stepping Out

Debbie Johnson most certainly deserved the bouquet presented to her at the last night of The Guild Players production of Stepping Out. Not only did she give a terrific performance as the principal character, but also she was responsible for the choreography! Stepping Out is a comedy set in a church hall where a group of eight women are taking tap dancing lessons. When the play went into rehearsal the cast couldn’t dance a step. Debbie Johnson trained them to perfection, which was evident in the play’s sparkling finale. She showed herself as a pleasing stage personality and will, one hopes, become a decided asset to The Guild Players. The play, by Richard Harris, reveals all the problems of the women as they tap dance away. It gives each of them the opportunity for characterisation and this they all did well. There were excellent performances, especially from Christine Eyden and Patricia Norcliffe. The cast was a well-knit team and one couldn’t single each and every one out for mention. Suffice to say that Emily Straight, Sue Watson, Alison Eyden, Theresa Banks and Stephanie Young each gave a well-defined cameo. The only male member of the dancing class was Barrie Lewis, cast as the mild mannered young man in insurance. He gave a singularly effective performance, which was just right to counter the highly articulate gaggle of girls. I particularly liked Elizabeth Giles as the blighted accompanist, a remarkable impression from one still at school. There was a happy little interlude from Phyllis Gray, Russell Bright, Stephanie Walmsley and Pam Beecham, and Dorothy Smith raised a laugh as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Gill Watson directed with well‑defined understanding of feminine turmoil and every situation was fully exploited. The production certainly deserved the thunderous applause it was accorded and that final routine was worth an encore – or more. It was a good production, which hit the jackpot fair and square and gave first‑class entertainment.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gill Watson
Producer Phyllis Gray
Stage Manager Dennis Philpott
Choreographer Debbie Johnson
Jolly Jacques Choreography Stephanie Walmsley
Set Dennis Philpott, David Dunn & Dave Ashton
Lighting David Dunn
Décor Fiona Stitt
Props Mary Jaconelli
Prompt Dorothy Smith
Wardrobe Sue Wilkinson & Christine Eyden
Dresser Sue Wilkinson
Make-Up Phyllis Gray
Sound Christopher Sewell
Bar Ken Watson & Giff Goldfinch
Refreshments Prue Jamieson, Tansie Waterman, Pam Beecham & Charron Cooper
Raffle Pam Jones, Sid Jones & Russell Bright
Front of House Richard Sewell
Programme Sellers Brenda Smith, Pam Rawcliffe & Annette Green
Box Office Pam Jones
Publicity Stephanie Young
Window Displays Stephanie Young & Fiona Stitt
Colour Photographs Raymond Harlow

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