Friday, January 28, 2011


STOMP Marquee

I went to see STOMP with another sorority sister, Amanda, and we had a blast! I vaguely had an idea of what it was about but I had no idea how much fun it was going to be! It was crazy, they performed for 1 hour and 45 minutes...non stop! I can only imagine how much their hands hurt from clapping and how much their feet hurt from stomping! At times my mouth dropped, my seat vibrated from the noise, and I just couldn't imagine how many hours they had to practice to not hit each other with sticks and trash cans!!!!! I was amazed at the different noises trash can make!

Of course I got seated behind a really tall guy (why does this ALWAYS happen to me?!?!?!) and had to spend the entire hour and a half straining my neck and body to the left to see around him and get the full effect! But all in all was SUCH a good show! And I did learn that I'm not good at choreographed clapping or snapping. Oh well.

From wikipedia:

STOMP, a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, was created in Brighton, U.K., in the summer of 1991. It was the result of a 10 year collaboration between its creators, Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell. Stomp uses just about anything to make these beats.
In a period of a week, the cast goes through:
  • 30 brooms
  • 8 lids
  • 1 tall bin
  • 5 small bins
  • 10 6Ft 6IN poles
  • 15 pounds of sand
  • 4 block of athlete's chalk
  • 12 pairs of drumsticks
  • 200 liters of water
  • 8 bananas
  • 12 boxes of matches

HOLY COW! Needless to say, if the show comes around you any time soon, its a must see!

The show was performed at Warner Theater in the heart of Washington DC. A little history on the venue:
Originally named the Earle Theatre, it was built in 1924 as a movie palace presenting live vaudeville and first run silent movies. In 1945 the theater began showing movies exclusively. The theater was renamed in 1947 in honor of its owner, Harry Warner, one of the founders of Warner Brothers. By the 1970s, the Warner Theatre had fallen into disrepair and was briefly used to screen pornographic films before being revived as a live concert venue.

The Warner closed for renovations in 1989 and reopened in 1992. The reopened theater added theatrical and dance productions to the musical performances on its calendar. In 2007 it was the venue for the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The recipient of the first Gershwin Prize was Paul Simon.

The theater is also home to The BET Honors ceremony, held annually.

Inside the Theater

Old designs on the wall

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