TAP! Extravaganza Hits Macey Stage On Friday

SOCORRO, N.M. March 5, 2014 – Following on the heels of popular, Celtic-styled performances over the years comes “TAP – The Show,” an extravaganza that combines energetic and powerful footwork with homage to Broadway show tunes and iconic tap dancers.

The talented troupe will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center in a Performing Arts Series event.

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Prior to the show, Tech Club/Club Macey, open to adults age 21 and over, will offer a special International Appetizers and Wine Samples from 5 to 7:30 pm.  Price for members is $10 and non-members $15.

“TAP – The Show has generated a great deal of interest via social media, and that modern word-of-mouth support and interest have helped spread the word about the performance quality of this touring show,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish.

“The costumes are incredible and the musical score is sure to have audience members tapping along,” she said. “Plus, the performance itself brings to life the sights and sounds of movie and Broadway entertainment icons, from the music to the dancers.”

It’s true. The performance features a cast of award winning dancers and singers who travel seamlessly over decades of styles from the Great White Way to the big band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s, to world music and pop/rock,” Kalish said.

She recalled having full-house attendance for several past PAS entertainment performances with an Irish flair, including “Rhythm of the Dance in 2013, and Rhythmic Circus’s “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” two years ago.

Touring cast members for TAP – The Show include dancers Michelle Fortner, Michael LoveSarah Mangold, Aaron Parkhurst (dance captain) and Kathleen Voss; dancer/singers Sebastian Goldberg, Carissa Gravelle, Maria Logan and Soren Wohlers; and singer Chris Large. Steven Michael Black and Andrew McCharen comprise the technical crew.

Five troupe members contribute to the choreography, including Logan, who does double- (or triple-) duty as company manager.

Each segment of the show brings to life memorable tap moments of the past, and creates new moments that amaze audiences. Included in this extravaganza are recreations of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly numbers, Broadway showstoppers, smooth-and-sultry soft shoe, flamenco, tribal, Irish step and more.

The show explores the international family tree of tap dancing, including Irish, African and Spanish traditions, as well as contemporary urban expressions. Musical selections range from percussive flamenco and tribal compositions, to the Beatles and Aerosmith. 

Among the postings on the troupe’s Facebook page is this:  “Y’all . . . great show tonight at Mississippi State! I’ve seen more stage performances that I can count. I’ve sat front row in every live production done by Disney, Universal . . . and no less than 20 other smaller studio and drama companies. Your performance tonight was the best I have ever experienced! . . . If nothing else, your production has touched and inspired me.”

“Social media posters in New Mexico may not use y’all as a standard greeting, but there are plenty of people here in town who may shout out an occasional ‘hola’! or ‘que bueno!;” Kalish said with a smile.

“Regardless of regional slang, audiences everywhere have praised TAP – The Show as one of the most energetic and spirited productions of its kind,” she said.

TAP is the culmination of years researching the traditions of step dancing by writer/ director Scott Seidl, and is the latest contribution from Matt Davenport Productions in its vast repertoire of touring successes. 

Sponsors are Wells Fargo, Pepsi, AMEC, Holiday Inn Express and Bodega Burger Co. and Lounge.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth 17 and under, and are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up or at the door.


By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech