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When do cast members change in and out of thier tap shoes? 
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Fresh Face
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Post When do cast members change in and out of thier tap shoes?
I'm choreographing a high school production of ACL.

We're putting the show together, and it came up in rehearsal tonight that there's really no time for the following shoe changes to happen:

* Mike's tap shoes on for "I Can Do That" in the first act
* Ensemble's tap shoes on for the Tap Combination in the second act when *SPOILER ALERT* Paul falls down.

Currently, we're considering Mike changing into his shoes during the audition scene after he has danced and before Zach announces which boys will proceed. We're not sure when he can take them off. Perhaps he can sneak off during "And"? Or during "At the Ballet"? Or, does Mike keep his tap shoes on throughout the show in other productions? I can't seem to figure this out.

Our solution for the ensemble number in the second act is to drop the tap shoes entirely and refer to the scene as the "soft shoe". It's a decision I can live with, but I'm not happy about it.

Has anyone else dealt with this issue in their own production? How did you solve it?

Thanks!

-T


Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:55 pm
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Tony Winner
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Post Re: When do cast members change in and out of thier tap shoe
Mike doesn't wear taps for "I can do that." He performs it soft shoe. Taps are only on the recording.

As I recall, the cast didn't wear taps for the tap combination either, but I'll have to double check my script to be sure. It's pretty common to do a tap audition without wearing taps and doesn't require changing the script.


Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:59 pm
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Post Re: When do cast members change in and out of thier tap shoe
I didn't consider it that way. Thank you!


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Post Re: When do cast members change in and out of thier tap shoe
No tap shoes are worn.

During the routine, the following exchange occurs:


Zach: Diana! I'm not hearing any taps!

Diana: It's my sneakers!

*Proceeds to stomp her way through the routine*


But not basing it solely on that. They just don't change into tap shoes, even though they've all just come back from a lengthy session in the basement, where Larry has just shown them the combination.

In the meantime, Cassie confronts Zach and we get to know her in the dance of her life. Then Paul is summoned, and it's his turn to "put himself on the line."

When Paul is done, Larry comes in and informs Zach they're ready, at which point the rest of the dancers take their positions, weary from the emotionally taxing audition, but ready to tap their way into Zach's heart, even if they have to fake smiles, grin, and bear it.

As stated above, Mike doesn't change his shoes. In fact, there are no costume changes for the duration of the show, until the famous "gold suit" finale, which is meant to be a bittersweet triumph as the hopefuls make their Broadway debuts in a spectacular display where they are all one, a mere entity, as opposed to the individuals we just grew to know and love.

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Post Re: When do cast members change in and out of thier tap shoe
I'm playing Mike in a production of ACL right now...with tap shoes! \:D/

Usually, he does his number in character shoes, but sometimes they'll have him do it in tap shoes. I think the tap sounds make the number a lot more impressive.

Here's the secret:
I change into them during the opening while Zach is calling out the numbers of the girls who have made it through. Then I change out of them during "At The Ballet." I've asked audience members if they noticed, most people seem to not notice.


As for the Tap sequence with the whole group, no one wears tap shoes in that.


Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:34 am
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