‘Stomp’ has broad appeal

Everyday objects, including shopping carts, become part of the show when the eight members of “Stomp” bring music, dance and comedy to the stage. CONTRIBUTED

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Everyday objects, including shopping carts, become part of the show when the eight members of “Stomp” bring music, dance and comedy to the stage. CONTRIBUTED

Show works for non-theater fans, too.

You may never look at objects you have in your garage, shed or desk drawers in the same way again after watching “Stomp” perform.

Shopping carts used for groceries and brooms figure into choreographed dances while trash cans and car wheel rims pound out rhythmic beats.

“Stomp” is the original performing percussion show that has used every day mundane objects for a combination high-energy music, dance and comedy experience for more than 25 years.

The energy of “Stomp” will stamp into the Clark State Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9.

The show is presented by the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

Jeremy Price once thought his role in “Stomp” would be limited. The lead drummer and resident tour director is now in his 14th year with the show.

“It’s quite fun,” he said. “It’s an eclectic mix of people meant to appeal to everybody. Everybody can find someone in this show they can identify with.”

Price found this out as a non-theater-goer. He was a musician who found “Stomp” works for people who aren’t necessarily into theater as well as those who are.

A unique aspect is the eight-member cast performs without any dialogue. Price said it isn’t necessary because the choreography is top-notch.

The show is almost as physically demanding as arts-oriented, with everything moving at a fast pace.

“We bring ourselves to the role, your personality casts you,” said Price, who has performed four of the eight roles. His tour director responsibilities include how to develop the other performers.

The show will incorporate popular “Stomp” numbers along with a new piece. As the show originated in the United Kingdom, this involves trolleys, or as we call them in the U.S., shopping carts.

Price wouldn’t be surprised if people who see “Stomp” end up making their own music and dances with objects used onstage in their own homes.

“I hope it’s happening. Everybody can go make a little noise at home,” he said, laughing.

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com.


How to go

What: “Stomp”

Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, Kuss Auditorium, 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9

Admission: $33, 38, 48, 53

More info: 937-328-3874 or go to http://pac.clarkstate.edu/events

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