STOMP, the hit musical production of choreographed percussion, is returning to DC April 23-28, and one lucky KFDC reader can win a pair of tickets to see it on opening night!
The explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique show appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” See what all the noise is about!
STOMP is running at National Theatre April 23-28. Tickets are $55-75 and can be purchased online. (KFDC tip: Look for a deal here.) Run time is approximately 95 minutes with no intermission. Children under the age of four are not permitted to attend the show.
Read a KFDC review of STOMP from a few year’s back, and get a peek at it in the video below.
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Giveaway: For a chance to win a pair of tickets to STOMP at National Theatre on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below telling me your family’s favorite spring activity. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through April 14, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!
I’m going to keep this simple: If you have never seen STOMP — or even if you have — go see it a the National Theatre while it’s there through February 9. And bring the kids, because I can practically guarantee you all will love it.
Surely, you’ve heard of the hit show before, but just in case not, it’s a unique musical production of choreographed percussion using the body and ordinary objects as instruments. Energetic beats and groovy rhythms are created with everything from brooms and rubber pipes to matchboxes and Zippo lighters to kitchen sinks and grocery carts to plastic bags and newspapers to clapping hands and, of course, stomping feet.
But it’s not just about the music these everyday items are capable of making when drummed, scratched, or rustled a certain way and blended together. The performers creating the sounds are mesmerizing to watch, their actions perfectly timed and movements synchronized to present a visually enthralling production as well. And even though none of them utter a word, they bring personality to their performances with loads of funny moments that produced a lot of laughter from the audience.
Garage bins, metal signs, and other “junkyard” materials make up the industrial-looking set, and most of the items are actually utilized in the show. At one point, the performers hang on bars from ropes to swing around as they pound on hubcaps and signs.
The entire production lasted about an hour and a half with no intermissions, but Owen and I remained captivated and entertained the entire time. We got to get in on it, too! Audience interaction was encouraged during some parts as performers had us mimic their clapping. And now that we’re experienced STOMPers, I’m sure the improvised music will continue at home. (Hey, where’s my broom?!)