Stepping Out Auditions

Starting DateJanuary 8, 2017

Ending DateJanuary 10, 2017

Event Description


Sunday | January 8 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday | January 9 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Callbacks, if needed, will be Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. and rehearsals begin Monday, January 23. Nine performances will be given March 17 – April 2. 

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About the Show

“Stepping Out”, originally produced in England in 1984 and made into a movie in 1991 staring Liza Minnelli, is a rollicking comedy about the attempts of some working-class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and “chronic” left feet in a North London church hall dance studio.

Mavis, a former professional chorus girl, tries her best to teach the bumbling class some “delightfully fun” tapping, while Mrs. Fraser, between magazine articles, “tickles the ivories” of the piano. As the tappers’ lives are revealed between the “shuffle, ball, changes,” the Save the Children Foundation asks Mavis to have her class perform at its fundraiser.

With hesitation as well as excitement, they agree to “give it a go,” but before the dancing begins, Mavis must mediate the little dramas that erupt among this motley, but loveable crew on their way to their moment in the spotlight.

  • All auditioning should bring a head shot and resume, if available, and a list of all conflicts during the rehearsal period.
  • Everyone will read from the script.
  • British accents are encouraged, but do not have to be “spot on.” British accents are expected by performance time.
  • Hard-soled shoes or tap shoes are needed for tap dance auditions. Tap experience is helpful; but not required.
  • Those auditioning for Mrs. Fraser should come prepared to play an up-tempo tune.

List of Characters

Mavis | The teacher, ex-pro dancer, attractive, age 35-55, considerate, organized, and always obviously in charge of the group. Tap dance experience is required.

Lynne | Eager to please, caring and sweet, understatedly pretty, age 20s, a student nurse.

Dorothy | Small, anxious, birdlike, between age 25-50, habit of repeating other people’s last words.

Maxine | Confident, attractive, business woman, big diamond rings, age 30s-50s.

Andy (woman) | Thin, age 30s-40s, timid, bullied by her husband.

Geoffrey | Shy, quiet, honest, a bit bumbling, widower, has a crush on Andy, age 30s-50s.

Sylvia | Bubbly, flirty, over-ample curves, chews gum all the time, age 20s-30s.

Rose | African-American or other ethnicity, larger than life, wearing obvious wig, crucifix around her neck and lots of finger rings, age late 20s-40s.

Vera | Proper; snob, but well-meaning; OCD neat; expensive tastes in clothes, but doesn’t quite get it right; immaculate hair and makeup; aspiring middle-class; age 35-50.

Mrs. Fraser | The pianist, age 50s-60s, coat and hat, reads magazines, intolerant, sarcastic, grumpy, believes she is doing everyone a favor just by being there. Must be able to play the piano.


Doug Dally has worked at many theaters throughout his career, including Lakeshore Players, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Applause Community Theatre, and The Play’s the Thing Productions. His most recent directing credits include “Day One” at Lakeshore Players Theatre and remounted for the MACT Fast Festival in Pipestone, Minn.; and he choreographed “Peter Pan” for The Play’s the Thing.

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.


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