Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Tidings of Tap- This Sunday!

It's December, which means that holiday shows are in full swing.

There are plenty of Christmas Carols, Nutcrackers, and Hallelujah Choruses in Chicago this year, but if you are looking for something different, the Chicago Tap Theatre may have your answer.

This Sunday, for one show only, they are presenting their annual holiday spectacular Tidings of Tap.

 In the past it's been a revue, but they are steppng things up a notch this year, and have written a story and a plot around the theme of winter and holidays.  As it has the past two years, the show will feature nationally ranked rhythmic gymnast Dasha Merkulov.  It also features tap dance students, high production values, and some of the best professionals in the area, including artistic director and master teacher/performer/choreographer Mark Yonally.  The show has received excellent reviews and record-breaking attendance over the last two years, and this year should expand on that.

Here's a promo video, courtesy of CTT.

Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) was founded in 2002 with the idea of preserving the history of the quintessentially American artform of tap while taking it to the next level in terms of innovation, creativity, and quality.  They perform exclusively with live music, and have tapped from everything from David Bowie to Duke Ellington.   They also pioneered the idea of "tap opera", telling stories through tapdance and adding memorable characters and strong plots to the already virtuoso footwork.  They teach classes all year round, and also serve as a hub for local tap professionals to practice and perfect their craft.

There is just one show, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL.

Tickets range from $25 – $41 and are available at 847.673.6300 or ChicagoTapTheatre.com.

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