42nd Street Comes to Loudoun Through Sterling Playmakers

42nd Street Comes to Loudoun Through Sterling Playmakers
Dance director Andy Lee (Ryan Phillips) runs his performers through their paces before opening night. Courtesy Photo

Loudoun residents have the opportunity to see the musical 42nd Street performed by locals in what is a  rarity.

A favorite of the director, John Geddie remembers first listening to the musical when he was a teenager. When it came time to choose which play Sterling Playmakers would perform in the summer, he couldn’t resist the chance to direct one of his favorites.

“Because it’s one where you see a lot of dancing, you don’t see a lot of community theater groups take it on because it can be a little intimidating,” Geddie said.

The musical is known for its catchy songs and dance numbers — primarily tap. Most people on the cast had never tap danced before. Geddie said the cast and ensemble has gone above and beyond in learning the routines.

“It’s exciting to do this type of show. Come and see this because you might not see it at the community theater level for a long time,” Geddie said.

42nd Street will have showings the weekends of Aug. 4 and 11 at Potomac Falls High School. Friday and Saturday showings begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday showings begin at 2 p.m.

Founded in 1996, the Sterling Playmakers is a 501(c)(3) serving Loudoun County in partnership with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Sterling Community Center.