Welcome to Tap Shoes & Small Talk; a space to continue the conversations sparked by the stage.

I am excited to share my particular (and sometimes fiercely passionate) opinions of professional and amateur theatre.

After many years of participating in youth theatre, and many more attending professional theatre, I have been drawn to not only the excitement of a great performance, but also to the elements of the production. I grew up through my experiences in the performing world: during dance classes, in front of a cheering crowd, after a brutal audition, and with my fellow actors in the wings. I am drawn to the undeniable power that theatre has to tell stories which help the audience see themselves and the world around them in a new way.

Currently, I participate in the arts world through a tap class I take once a week. It’s not glamorous, but it is good for my theatre soul. My main role in the theatre realm is a patron; I see all kinds of productions (the good, the bad, and the ugly).

The brief 2 hours of a show are but a snippet of what great theatre is all about. Now I love a powerful performance, don’t get me wrong, but at this point I am more intrigued with the moments before, after, and in between: the whispered intermission critiques to your date; the way a glance can change the tone of an entire scene; the reason the designer chose to use a spotlight on the hero; and the restless sleep after an actor’s performance of a bold ballad.

All of these theatrical elements have the power to change the way we think, feel, and act in the world. This is why I return to theatre again and again.

I am hoping to shed some light on questions like: “What makes a full company  tap number float and what makes it sink?”, “What is the difference between  a confident performance and a cocky performance?” and “Why did I just cry for this made up, make believe, totally pretend character?”

I would love to hear what draws you back to theatre? Click the “Small Talk” link at the top of the page and we can chat.


Emma Perkis