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Comedy “Stepping Out” opens at UNH’s Dodds Theater Nov. 19

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11/8/2011 3:03 PM
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Nov. 8, 2011

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Photo courtesy of Megill & Company, Inc.

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The University of New Haven theater Program’s fall production, "Stepping Out," will run Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19-20 at 2 p.m. at  Dodds Theater, UNH Main Campus, 300 Boston Post Road in West Haven.

"Stepping Out" by Richard Harris is a comedy about working class people who attempt to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent tap dance studio. There, Mavis, a former professional chorus girl, tries to prepare the class for an upcoming recital. Before the dancing begins, however, Mavis must mediate the minor dramas that erupt among the motley but loveable crew. 

"Stepping Out" won the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award in London in 1984 and ran on Broadway in 1987.

Director Heather Reba is making her directorial debut at UNH, having joined the University as a theater instructor this fall.  Reba hails from Southern California, where she was co-artistic director of the not-for-profit theater and dance production company, Megill & Company.

Reba has extensive performing and directing experience and is the author of three musicals, one of which was produced by a high school in the Los Angeles area this fall.

"I'm thrilled to be bringing new energy to the theater program at UNH," Reba said.  "Many of the students here have little experience in movement-based theater.  It's been very fulfilling teaching an entire cast to tap dance during this process.  I'm having a great time and I think the audience will, too."                                                                                                              

Tickets are sold at the door and are $12 general admission, $8 for students/seniors, and free for UNH students, staff, and faculty.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 17 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Athletic Conference.