Tap dancing is the star of this show by The Tapitalists. This original production, premiering in the cozy confines of the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, establishes a seemingly dark premise, but never forgets to provide a joyful, hand-clapping, foot-stomping experience in which the dancing almost never stops.
TAP-water combines the ambiance of Blade Runner and Chinatown with the joie de vivre of Singing in the Rain. The plot unfolds in a dystopian future Los Angeles where global warming has taken full effect. The heat is oppressive. Romance is strained. It hasn’t rained in decades. Water is a precious commodity. And the President-for-Life is Donald Trump IV. But revolution is afoot, or, dare we say it: revolution is “a-feet.”
The Tapitalists are a local, community-based dance troupe led by Howard Blume, who operates a tap dancing studio in Silver Lake. Popular past productions have included Tap-O-Ween, Tapitalism and Tap-estry. Locally based students are the heart of the troupe. They have worked tirelessly to become skilled tappers and to master intricate routines. They fuel an ensemble that also includes guest artists and entertainers.
Featured non-tappers will include renowned cellist Ashley Walters (on Nov. 10) and jazz pianist Mark Davidson.
TAP-water will have nine performances over two weekends, on Nov. 9 and 10 and on Nov. 15, 16 and 17.