CAST members of Stepping Out – the humorous musical play about tap-dancing that is coming to The Rose Theatre this month – have completed an ice bucket challenge with a difference.

The group of eight women, who are from Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society, donned bright pink promotional t-shirts and used their shiny, silver top-hats to drench themselves in ice-cold water.

Tom Paine, a member of the society, nominated the cast to participate in the freezing fundraising craze and the soaked performers in turn challenged the Carpet Trades Musical Theatre Company.

Stepping Out will be played at The Rose Theatre at 7.30pm each evening from Tuesday, September 9 to Saturday, September 13.

Richard Harris wrote the play, which tells the story of beginner tap-dancing class progressing from a hesitant start to a public performance, in 1984 and seven years later it become famous as a film starring Liza Minnelli and Julie Walters.

Pat Scully, Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society’s newly appointed patron and director of Stepping Out, said: “In selecting this play we knew the cast would have to attend tap-dancing rehearsals in addition to learning their lines and routines, a commitment that started in June.

“The weeks running up to the production will be a hive of activity including costume preparation, set building, planning the lighting and sound and undertaking publicity, and then during the week of the play our dedicated backstage and front of house team will step to the fore.

“For every show we do there a numerous members of the society giving their all which helps to produce performances that our audiences return to see again and again.”

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