Kids that Click
Tap Kids
Review by Ross Anthony

Full of energy, smiles, and well practiced dance routines, Tap Kids entertain! You might think that “kids” refers to elementary age “kids,” that’s not the case with this group whose youngest member is 15. Tap Teens would have been slightly more descriptive. No matter, these young people have talent and passion for tap to floor. Their show more or less tap dances through the day in the life of eight high school students.”

Amidst the flurry of solid dancing, there are moments of dialogue and set scenes. These could have been corny, but for the most part, they work. The dialogue rings true – as if written by teens. And their repartee plays quite strong; you feel the friendships among the group. The only exception to these “scenes” working well is the classroom scene where one girl keeps saying “you’re gonna get in trouble” and the rest mix up the chairs – it goes on too long and gets annoying. Nor does the detention scene that follows spark much. But, these are definitely the exceptions. Many other routines play very well. The B-ball duet is very nice. The Dust Bowl scene’s narrative is a bit tedious, but the dance solo -- awesome. I also greatly enjoyed the first dance duet with Kiliegh and Michael. These two are the stars of the show.

The use of a school bell to signal the changes of scenes is a great choice. I also enjoyed the return from intermission which found the kids in the same haphazard freeze-frame in which they’d left the first half of the show.

I enjoyed the presentation as an adult, and I think teens would enjoy it as well. The show also has a few positive messages integrated by example rather than speech: graduation is a good thing – being concerned about your personal future is natural and it’s normal to strive for something you feel passionate about.

If you’re a fan of tap, you might also want to check out: Tap Dogs

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  • Tap Kids. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Matthew Gershen 17,Brittany Parks 18, Liz Plott, Erin Ruebhausen, CJ Salvador 15, Kileigh Williams 15, Miachael Wilson 19, JC Schuster 20.
  • Directed and Choreographed by Lisa Hopkins.
  • Original Music by Philip Stern.
  • Produced by New York Stage Originals.
  • Based on the Oct 20th, 2006 performance at CalTech’s Beckman Auditorium.


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