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photo credit: Samantha Sayten
photo credit: Samantha Sayten

The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble returns to the stage with THE TAPCRACKER, Dec 11 & 12

The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble returns to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with their fourth annual production of THE TAPCRACKER. Performances will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 3:00pm & 7:00pm and Sunday, December 12 at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Tickets are $30-$35 and all patrons must wear a mask and show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test.

“Our dancers are so excited to return the theatre,” notes Artistic Director Kat Echevarria Richter, “and we are honored to share the magic of THE TAPCRACKER with local audiences.” The 90-minute, family-friendly concert puts an original, all-women, all-tap spin on the holiday classic and will feature a talented cast of 30 dancers from the ensemble’s First Company, Apprentice Company, and Youth Ensemble hailing from PA, NJ, and DE.

Set to the music of both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington, THE TAPCRACKER transports audiences to Paris, where an infestation of rats has thrown the city into chaos. Toy soldiers guard the Eiffel Tower, mice wreak havoc in the Metro, and frazzled chefs prepare for a feast at the magical palace of Versailles, featuring characters from the beloved Land of the Sweets. This year’s production stars Sarah Vogan as the Queen of Versailles and Tamera Dallam as the Fairy Tapmother, in addition to Youth Ensemble dancers Jessica Dodds as the Tapcracker, Abigail Stinson as the Mouse Queen, and Sarah Taylor as Clara.

“The health and safety of our audiences and our dancers is our top priority,” notes Managing Director Katie Budris. “We’ve been in conversation with the theatre for months to ensure that everyone can enjoy THE TAPCRACKER.” Mezzanine seats will be sold at reduced capacity to accommodate those with greater social distancing needs. Refreshments, apparel, and merchandise will be available for purchase in the lobby and group discounts are available.

The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble is a on-profit organization that produces original works of choreography while preserving the tradition of improvisation in American rhythm tap, bringing innovative percussive dance to diverse audiences. Founded in 2011, the Philadelphia-based, all-women ensemble is led by Artistic Director Kat Echevarria Richter, Managing Director Katie Budris, and Assistant Rehearsal Director Tamera Dallam. Through their bi-annual concert series including THE TAPCRACKER and ON TAP, free community performances, and arts education programming, the ensemble centers the work of women artists and contributes to the revitalization of Philadelphia’s rich tap history by challenging the public’s perception of percussive dance. Support for The Lady Hoofers provided in part by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

THE TAPCRACKER

Saturday, December 11th at 3:00pm
Saturday, December 11th at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 12th at 11:00pm
Sunday, December 12th at 3:00pm
Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Tickets: $30 – $35 at: https://the-lady-hoofers.ticketleap.com/

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