MEMBERS of Poulton Drama had to learn how to dance for their latest production.
hey are performing the comedy Stepping Out this week, and the play calls for a little bit of fancy footwork.
The Players step into their role at Thornton Little Theatre from tonight (Wednesday) until Saturday night.
In the comedy, by Richard Harris, a group of women and one man meet weekly in a tap-dance class in a dingy church hall struggling to conquer their inhibitions – and a preponderance of left feet!
The comedy concentrates on the group as they gradually move from stumbling acquaintance with each other to forge a team worthy of performing to an outside audience.
They all have their reasons for being in the class, teasing the audience with titbits about their lives, their hopes and their anxieties.
It all comes down to a spectacular finale – will they be able to overcome their nerves to carry it off?
Director/producer Sarah Jane Stone said: “Most of the cast had to learn to dance, just like their characters. One or two have a little experience, but it’s harder for them to pretend they can’t do it.”
Roger Lloyd Jones, a Thornton civil servant, plays Geoffrey, the only male in the play.
Sarah said: “Roger is the only man so I think he gets teased a bit by the ladies!
“It’s a really funny play, and very heart-warming.
“You really want them to do well in their big performance at the end.”
The show begins each night at 7.30pm and there is also a Saturday matinee at 3pm.
Tickets, costing £7 for adults, can be purchased from Ann Johnston on (01253) 894330.
Under 26s go free under the A Night Less Ordinary scheme.