Jonathon Elkins from Detroit, Michigan appears on his fifth “STOMP” tour.
Credit: STEVE MNICHOLAS
Credit: STEVE MNICHOLAS
“(We use) everyday objects so that the audience can immediately identify with themselves,” said cast member Jonathon Elkins on his fifth “STOMP” tour. “The public is able to see these objects in a new light. Who would have thought that a $ 20 broom at your local hardware store could have so much potential? It’s fun to let your imagination run wild and the show is also more fun than most people think. In addition, the show does not contain dialogue. There is no language barrier. So, whatever your age, the show resonates with everyone. This show is for everyone. We also interact with the public.
This year, two new full-scale routines, using attachments such as tractor tire tubes and paint cans, were incorporated into the show.
“There’s a suitcase number that has a Latin twist,” Elkins said. “We kick suitcases, slap suitcases, throw suitcases in the air – that’s a really interesting number. We also have an issue called ‘Poltergeist’, in which an array of different objects, from gasoline cans to kitchen bowls and plates, appear more and more quickly in the spotlight as if they are floating in the air. The number provides a lot of color and is pretty cool.
Coming from a musical family, Elkins is originally from Michigan, born and raised in Detroit. Since 2010, he has drummed, marched and taught with DCI (Drum Corps International) and WGI (Winter Guard International) ensembles throughout Michigan. He was also a member of the Detroit Pistons and Detriot Lines drumlines.
“Playing the drums was a comfort zone or a safe space for me,” he said. “Growing up I was also in competitive drumlining and Dayton is the hot spot for WGI. But it feels good to get back on the road. I wanted to appear in front of a crowd again and make music. (The cast) love to travel but we’re also very careful that the show doesn’t stop (due to COVID protocols). We are delighted to play again, but we are also very careful and aware at the same time. “
Elkins also cautions those who might be interested in the front row seats.
“This show is loud,” he said. “It’s always fun to see people sticking their ears together. We destroy big metal trash cans, but that’s the nature of the show.
HOW TO GET THERE
Or: Victoria Theater, 138 N. Main St., Dayton
When: October 15-17; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $ 29 to $ 59
Tickets: 937-228-3630 or daytonlive.org.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Customers 12 and older attending performances at Dayton Live venues will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Masks must also be worn inside all Dayton Live locations for guests 6 years of age and older.