Thursday, October 12, 2006

I Wore My Tap Shoes to Boot Camp

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2005

We put on a show at the Fringe Festival!


It was called I Wore My Tap Shoes to Boot Camp and we performed at a very groovy (and slightly dive-y venue) called Pony. It was enormous fun, and although our opening night was quiet, by the end of the season we had full houses and the show had developed into a fast and funny piece that we felt very proud of.  The audience reaction was fantastic and it felt like they were having as much fun as we were!

The cast and crew were all such beautiful women to work with - all those shows, rehearsals and extra gigs and the whole way through you could feel the good vibes, willingness to work hard and willingness to extend themselves. Never once was there even a hint of slyness or cattiness so common to the world of showbiz. What a bunch of performers they turned out to be too! When I first outlined the show concept to them there was a collective mutter of "we don't have to say anything do we?" But by the end there was no stopping them!

Here is the blurb for the show

A tap-teacher (spookily also called Miss Caroline) signs up for boot-camp to help her students become excellent tapping machines. Instead she meets a drill-sergeant obsessed with Australian Idol. What follows is a night of laughs as the audience votes and Australia's first "Tap Idol" is crowned. The finale features the girls rejecting military rigour for fun and funky (with a bit of help from JT and the Black Eyed Peas)

The review:

"the tap beats are clear and synchronised"
"Miss Caroline is an animated and accomplished dance captain, with a knack for devising ... effective routines."
"The show's closing combination, the iconic time-step set to the Black Eyed Peas, was my favourite moment."
"The girls performed with great warmth" ....
(Beat magazine review by Jess Thompson 3/10/05)

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