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VIDEO: The Inevitable Element of Danger in Each STOMP Routine

London--STOMP Co-Creator Luke Cresswell and Rehearsal Director Fraser Morrison laugh peevishly together like schoolboys having fun on a playground as they recall the wildest experiments they have ever concocted throughout the creative journeys they had to take in finding instruments for the show and developing and polishing the technical know-how on how to use them without hurting themselves and the STOMPERS.

"The props we use are not intended for what we do with them, so you have to find your own technicality using the prop," Morrison explains.

"A lot of it is trial and error, the more we do it, the safer it gets. Nowadays you have to be safe straight away; back in the day, we can afford to break a leg!" says Cresswell.

Cresswell and Morrison

Following its Philippine premiere in 2011, London's West End and Off-Broadway's percussion sensation, STOMP, will return to the Cultural Center of the Philippines' (CCP) main theater for a limited eight-performance engagement from Tuesday, June 17, to Sunday, June 22.

STOMP showcases performers who use ordinary objects as musical instruments, i.e. brooms, dust bins, boxes of matches, plumbing fixtures, and supermarket trolleys, among others, while they show off their dance moves and flair for comedy.

Performed in more than 50 countries and before more than 24 million people, the show has won the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, an Obie Award, Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a special citation from Best Plays. Its HBO presentation "Stomp Out Loud" received an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy Award nominations, and one Emmy Award. Some of its noteworthy TV appearances include The London 2012 Olympic Games' closing ceremony and the Academy Awards.

For tickets to STOMP at the CCP, call (632)891-9999 or visit ticketworld.com.ph.

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Rocky Christopher Fajardo For the last five years, Rocky has been performing as lead male vocalist for different showbands in Southeast Asian countries, which led him to grace several magazine spreads in Malaysia in 2012; and paved the way for guest appearances on Cambodian TV in 2013, and a duet with Tony winner Lea Salonga in her major concert in Manila in 2009.

This year, Rocky has traded away the microphone and dancing shoes for the writing pen and whiteboard marker: his love for music and musical theater steered his professional writing debut as a correspondent for BroadwayWorld.com covering the international touring production of WICKED in Manila in January. At the same time, his Master’s Degree in English has prompted a second career as full-time faculty and as Mass Communications Program Head at FEATI University in Manila.


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