On Feb. 21 from 8 to 10 p.m., Radford University will be electrified by the British percussion theatrical show STOMP.
This landmark rhythmic creation was conceived and brought to life by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, both of whom have long and varied careers in the UK performing arts scene. The fruit of their labor, STOMP, has been nominated for several of the entertainment industry’s biggest awards including a Grammy, four Emmys, two Olivier awards and has won both an Obie and a Drama Desk award.
One of the major attributes that really makes this theatrical show stand out from the rest is that it’s a completely organic percussion-based show. The performers create magnificent sounds with everyday street objects, including trashcans, trashcan lids and brooms. The show is comprised of eight performers who are able to transfer their performances into the hearts and minds of international audiences.
This show has made its rounds throughout the international performing arts scene. Since its inception back in 1991, it has enjoyed numerous runs in places such as Australia, China, Spain, England, America, South Africa, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.
In addition, STOMP has been transformed into an IMAX film, an HBO special, an international DVD and a track on a Quincy Jones album. STOMP was also included in Entertainment Weekly’s “New Classics: The 50 Best Plays and Musicals from 1983 to 2008.”
In 2007 STOMP opened at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas at a 28 million dollar theater built specifically for the production. RU students may also remember that STOMP was featured as one of the closing acts during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
RU junior Karen Stamper stated, “I’m extremely excited to be able to see a show that expands across several mediums and is so upbeat. I’ve wanted to see the show since I saw them perform on ‘Good Morning America’ and I’ve never been able to go to New York and now I finally have the chance.”
Many students across campus are enthusiastic about STOMP’s arrival, due to the fact that this is a show for people who like things outside of the realm of normalcy.
It doesn’t look as if this show will be starting to slow down anytime soon, since back in 2006 STOMP celebrated its 5000th performance.
Given the fact that the show is free with an RU ID, it’s expected to be a blockbuster. You can get your tickets at the front desk in the Bonnie, but hurry because they’re going fast!