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Review: Stepping Out - The Musical at Sheringham Little Theatre

PUBLISHED: 08:31 16 October 2019 | UPDATED: 09:15 16 October 2019

The Stepping Out cast at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue Bignell

The Stepping Out cast at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue Bignell

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Stepping out entertainingly into the limelight once again at Sheringham on Tuesday night was Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society (CSODS) with this hugely enjoyable musical production, directed by Jackie Overton.

The Stepping Out cast at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue BignellThe Stepping Out cast at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue Bignell

Written in the mid-1980s by playwright and TV screenwriter Richard Harris it follows a group of likeable misfits attending their weekly tap-dancing lesson. The group, led by the outwardly confident Mavis (Emma Galley), gradually reveal their foibles in a series of hilarious - and often touching - set pieces.

It's a well-paced, genuine ensemble piece with strong, enjoyable and likeable performances from the entire cast: Vera (Kerry Davis), Andy (Kate Rawlings), Geoffrey (Paul James), Sylvia (Angie Mansell), Maxine (Andrea Wilson), Lynne (Daisy Wilson), Rose (Maria Cutting), Dorothy (Nikki Green). Although unfair to pick out one performer from such a string of confident performances, Kat Tindall's terrific comic turn as fruit-munching pianist and professional grouch, Mrs Fraser, probably just nicks it. A lovely little cameo too from Paula Graver as Dancer.

The production benefited from deceptively simple but extremely effective set design (Nigel and Brenda Holmes), effortlessly converting the small stage from church hall to wine bar to tea shop and back again.

Musical arrangement by Andrew Grey was first class and Carole Beatty's imaginitive choreography gave a lie to the confined performance space. Lighting and costumes were spot on too.

The cast of Stepping Out at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue BignellThe cast of Stepping Out at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue Bignell

The show was warmly received by the sold-out audience and the finale was greeted with huge cheers. A fantastic show once again from CSODS; broad yet poignant, funny and heart-warming.

Stepping Out - The Musical runs until 19 October. Tickets priced at £15.00 and available online at sheringhamlittletheatre.com or by telephone on 01263 822347.

CHRIS SADLER

Sheringham Little Theatre on the opening night of Stepping Out. Picture: Chris SadlerSheringham Little Theatre on the opening night of Stepping Out. Picture: Chris Sadler

The cast of the musical Stepping Out at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue BignellThe cast of the musical Stepping Out at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Sue Bignell

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