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Depot Theatre preps for season of premiers

WESTPORT-The history of tap dance will take to the stage, the first of three premieres at the Depot Theatre in 2011.

"We've got three premieres and five main productions," said Chris Casquilho, managing director of the Depot Theatre. "We have a world premiere that will be staged for the first time anywhere and two other premieres that have been in limited engagements in other parts of the country but never in New York."

"Riffin and Tappin," the first of the premieres, will take to the stage starting July 1 and run through July 17.

"It is a history of tap dance in America and the show is one of the premieres," Casquilho said. "It was created for a theater in Oregon, and the writer, Christopher Patterson, will be coming to direct and performing in it. He is an amazing dancer and amazing choreographer."

Patterson will be returning to the Depot, having directed "Five Guys Named Moe" and "Smoky Joe's Cafe," in the past.

Casquilho added that the July 2 performance would start at 7 p.m., instead of the usual 8 p.m. curtain.

"So people can come and see the fireworks in Westport that evening," Casquilho said as the reason behind the change.

Following the opening performance, "Living Together," which Casquilho said was in the "mode of a British Farce," will be staged from July 22 through Aug. 2.

"It is part of a trilogy that you do not have to do in order to understand and enjoy, but we did the first piece two years ago," Casquilho said.

The second of the regional premiers, "Wicked City," will be put on from Aug. 12 through Aug. 21.

"Piece performed in Michigan and the two guys that did this show have gone on to help create the Broadway productions of "Elf," and "The Wedding Singer," Casquilho said.

"Fully Committed," will run from Aug. 26 through Sept. 4, which Casquilho called a "side-splitting," comedy. The final production for the theater is the world premier of "The Cabbage Patch," by Canadian playwright Daniel Lillford.

We did a reading of it in the winter time. We liked it and it is really great," Casquilho said. "The community and the characters are ones that our community will be familiar with."

For more information on the Depot Theatre season, contact 962-4449 or visit the web site www.depottheatre.org.

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