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STOMP brings infectious rhythm to Three Stages

By From page B1 | September 13, 2011

THE MUSICIANS of STOMP use unconventional instruments to entertain the audience. The group will perform at Three Stages in early October. Courtesy photo

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Three Stages premiere Oct. 7-9.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international phenomenon over the past 13 years, having performed in more than 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide.

The young performers “make a rhythm out of anything (they) can get (their) hands on that makes a sound,” said co-creator/director Luke Cresswell.

Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots and hubcaps — to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.

“STOMP is a wonderfully inventive show,” noted Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. “As has been noted by many, they find beautiful noises in the most surprising places.”

STOMP is the most financially successful Off-Broadway show in history, touring North America since 1995. They’ve performed center stage for the Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, as well as  “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America”  and many more.

STOMP  will perform in Three Stages on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $59, with premium tickets available for $75; there is a 10 percent discount offered for the Sunday evening performance. Tickets may be purchased online at threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.

Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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