Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opens November 27th

Lily (played by Ann Harper) and Michael (played by Robert Buckingham) waltz their way into friendship

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and Oregon Coast Dance Center are pleased to announce the opening of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,on Friday Nov 27th.  Written by Richard Alfieri, directed by Chris Chiola and produced by Diane Cross, this show is presented with permission from Samuel French.

In roles originated by Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce, this two-character comedy opens as an aging, but still formidable, woman hires an acerbic dance instructor to give her lessons in her Florida condo  Antagonism between the two gives way to friendship as they reveal their secrets, fears, and joys to each other.  Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an
unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. As Michael takes Lily’s arm they both transcend fear and mortality while the sun sets on the last dance.

Do you want to dance, or not?

This international hit play has fast-hitting wit, scathing sarcasm, and many touching moments between the two.  Playing Lily and Michael are Ann Harper and Robert Buckingham, respectively.  Both actors have been in many TAPA productions but Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is the first time either has had to formally dance on stage.  “Dancing has added an additional layer of complexity to the show that I hope audiences enjoy” said Director, Chris Chiola.  The actors have had to learn various ballroom dances including the Cha-Cha and Tango, with the help of sponsor Oregon Coast Dance Center’s Lisa Greiner, along with Wally and Diane Nelson. 

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks runs November 27th through December 13th. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:00 pm, Sunday matinees (12/6 & 12/13) start at 2:00 pm. The Barn Community Playhouse is located at 1204 Ivy Street, at the corner of 12th St and Ivy Ave, and adjacent to Les Schwab Tires.

Tickets are on sale now at Diamond Art Jewelers, 503-842-7940, 307 Main Street in Tillamook. Reserved seating is recommended. Tickets are $15. This show does deal with adult themes and has some adult language, children under 12 are cautioned.  

Celebrating 35 years in Tillamook, TAPA is a non-profit community theater dedicated to providing high quality performing arts experiences through entertainment, education, and community participation. TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse is located at 1204 Ivy Street, on the corner of 12th and Ivy one block west of Hwy 101.