Exmouth performers step out with new group

PUBLISHED: 18:30 06 April 2012

Chris Batemean and the girls.

Chris Batemean and the girls.


A new theatre company, based in Exeter (Manor Productions) will be presenting Stepping Out, the musical, at the Barnfield Theatre.

Stepping Out is a heart-warming and often hilarious musical based on Richard Harris’s award–winning play of the same name.

It tells the familiar tale of a weekly, church hall-based, tap class presided over by ex-professional dancer, Mavis who is played by Tracey Hamilton from Exmouth.

Tracey, who is the principal of DanzSing Unlimited, also based in Exmouth, directed and choreographed the very successful show A Night at the West End at the Blackmore Theatre last year.

She has previously directed and choreographed numerous shows and concerts for the Exeter Musical Society including Calamity Jane and the West End Musical Concerts at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter.

She is also choreographer for this production of Stepping Out.

Chris Bateman, also from Exmouth, plays the only man in the class, lonely widower Geoffrey.

Last year, Chris played Cosmo Brown in EMCO’s very popular Singing in the Rain at the Exmouth Pavilion.

He and his fellow pupils are all larger than life characters who struggle, unsuccessfully, to dance.

Their antics, the situations they find themselves in and the relationships which develop between them will make you laugh and, occasionally, will make you want to cry.

When an unexpected challenge, however, forces the class to work together as a team, even with the acerbic pianist, Mrs Fraser, they manage to overcome all obstacles and achieve the impossible. The fabulous, feel good ending will have you humming all the way home with a happy smile on your face.

It will be staged from Tuesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 21 at 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2.30pm).

Tickets are available from Exeter Barnfield Theatre – tel: 01392 270891.

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