What time is it? Summertime… or at least, for most of us. With every multi-hyphenate young adult comes an enthusiastic mom who enrolled him or her in various summer workshops while growing up. Swimming, football, music, dance, theater — you name it, they’ve tried it. While we all wish for an experience à la The Parent Trap (c’mon, coming home from summer camp with enhanced skills, new friends and a twin sister is pretty much life-changing!), honing our talents and discovering ourselves often takes a lot more time than people allow themselves to believe. In fact, it is a lifelong process and it is important to be open to learning new things even as we get older. This is the premise of Stepping Out – The Musical, Repertory Philippines’ last play for their 79th season.
Staging in Greenbelt Onstage Theater from April 1-24, Stepping Out – The Musical explores the lives of 10 adults who meet once a week at their tap-dance class. Its fun musical numbers goes beyond the catchy hooks as it reveals the story of each character and how they learn to use the medium of dance to power through their struggles. Timely enough, Repertory Philippines is also currently holding their annual summer workshops –– an intensive six-week training course in theater –– that produced some of the great talents that can be seen in Repertory’s productions such as Stepping Out. If there’s anything we can take away, it is that determination will get you to places and Repertory Philippines, with its last play of the season and various workshops, guarantees to give that much-needed kick to get you going this summer season.