life-long dancer Lisa Hopkins is the director, choreographer and co-creator of
the show, "Tap Kids" which comes to Kodiak Saturday night. Hopkins, who danced
and taught dance in New York, is originally
She spoke about the show from her home in Vermont.
-- (Tap Kids 1 "It
started actually ... of the inspiration.")
The show was first performed in Florida in 2002. Since
that time, the concept, the performers and the popularity of the show have
grown. Three of the original cast members, who started as teens and pre-teens,
are still with the show. "Tap Kids" has been seen in 33 states as well as
internationally. Later this year the ensemble will travel to Malaysia to
perform. "Tap Kids" is the first show in the history of Edinburgh, Scotland's
famous "Fringe Festival" to receive five stars.
You wouldn't guess it by its
name, but "Tap Kids" is not a show
about tap dancing. Hopkins
said that she and Stern were going for something more universal.
(Tap Kids 2 "We
decided early ... go to school.")
The show follows a group of high
school seniors through different aspects of their life. It features a cast of
characters that you might find in any town such as the cheerleader, the jock,
the troublemaker, the new kid. The story of "Tap Kids" follows the group
through youthful milestones like the big game, a new crush, the school dance
and high school graduation.
(Tap Kids 3 "We
decided to ... as tap dancers.")
said that the dancers are very excited about coming to Alaska. After performing and conducting a
workshop in Kodiak they'll spend a week in Anchorage. Hopkins
is also coming on the Alaska
tour and she said she's really looking forward to coming to Kodiak. She went on
to explain why she thinks people should come out to see the show.
(Tap Kids 4 "Because
they're never ...they'll go crazy.")
performs for one show only at the Gerald C. Wilson auditorium on Saturday at 8
p.m.. Tickets are available at Artist's Eye and at the door.