MiniDV Rehearsal of Put on the Music Let's Dance.Performance based on great film dance of 1930s and 1940s. (1977) An actress reminices over memorabilia about her life as a stage dancer/actress of the 1940's. Based on film character prototypes and show business dancing.
Original version was more farsical and performed in authentic period costumes at the Washington Project for the Arts on G Street, Washington, DC. Kay Sheppard was an actress in the event - an army wife alone at home. Ron Bailin called the dance competition and engaged the audience to clap. There was a "drag" piece to By the Light of the Silvery Moon.
2nd version commissioned by City Dance. Choreography, Maida Withers and DCCo; White dress costumes, Beth Burkhardt. Premiere: Warner Theatre, Washington, DC. A student of Maida's engaged WPAS to do a City-wide Dance event at the Warner Theatre in downtown Washington, DC
Music was a collection of selections of period recorded music: Dexter Gordon, Milton Drake and Ben Oakland, Baby Dodds, Frank Ryerson and Grady Watts and Jimmy Eaton, Madden-Edwards, Ferdinance "Jelly Roll" Morton, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines.
Actress had props from the period wuch as photographs of women with male dressed in army uniform, books of the period, movie star photos, wall paper of the period.
Lighting design by William DeMull