Chicago Tap Theatre continues to develop Tidings of Tap! from what was once a holiday revue to a more complete production with light narrative elements and higher production values. Last year saw CTT move the show to a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, to gushing reviews and a record-breaking performance for the Company. SeeChicagoDance said “It’s charming and gleeful and heart-rending at times.” And last year was just the beginning. CTT will be adding new pieces, a little more narrative, and a bit more magic just in time for Chicago Tap Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Season. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as “undeniably charming and wholesome fun.” Tidings of Tap! is choreographed by Yonally, Kirsten Uttich, Richard Ashworth, Valerie Lussac and Caleb Teicher and is a performance that captures the spirit of the holidays through joyful noise—celebrating Christmas, Chanukah and the winter season.
Children will even have the opportunity to be in the show this year, thanks to the expanding Chicago Tap Theatre Winter Intensive, which will be a two days event offering rhythm-loving kids the chance to learn technique, tap history and a short dance that will be incorporated into Tidings of Tap! More information on this program will be available at a later date.
Now in its 15th year, Chicago Tap Theatre prides itself on breaking the mold of traditional tap dance and does the same with holiday entertainment. “Dance has the ability to bridge gaps and bring people together which is especially important at this time of year,” said Yonally. “CTT is excited to return with this holiday production, as it has become one of our favorite things seeing familiar faces and families attending year after year celebrating their holidays with us. This year audiences will feel the magic of the Holidays more than ever in Tidings’ home at the North Shore Center.”