Stomp brings new and classic routines to Stephens Auditorium


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Award-winning theatrical performance going to Stephens Auditorium Sunday Nov. 6.

Garbage cans, brooms, poles and more are mixed with classic percussion instruments to create the unique sounds Stomp is known for. Eight members of this award-winning theatrical show will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Stephens Auditorium.

Stomp has been performing since 1991, originating in New York. Each show maintains the same theme: making jazz music with a strong beat and high-tempo pace out of everyday items. They regularly change their routines and have recently added two new dances.

Riley Korrell, dancer, singer, actor and performer, will be one of the cast members during Saturday’s performance. He has been with Stomp since 2018 and will be portraying the roles of Ringo and Particle Man.

“Ringo, he’s more of a funny quirky character that is one of the more fun characters that is happy to be on stage,” Korrell said. “The other character, one called Particle Man, is a mover and groover. He’s very athletic and likes to really show what he’s got on stage.”

The difficult task of playing two characters has become natural to Korrell, as the rhythms are the same and the movements are similar.

Growing up, Korrell was put into dance by his mother, owner of 24/7 Dance Studio in Maryland. Starting off as a way to keep him out of trouble after school, it led him to his passion for tap dancing and introduction to Stomp.

“We used to go up to New York City a lot for Broadway shows,” Korrell said. “One year we saw Stomp–I think this was probably 15 years ago or something–but just the dynamic of it and the attitude and the rhythms and everything about the show really stuck with me. I was like, ‘Wow, this show is awesome.’”

It was not just the music that caught Korrell’s attention but the action of it as well. He noticed the throwing and catching of items on stage, the dancing and the movement, making him want to someday join the cast.

Tap dancing is Korrell’s preferred style of dance because he feels he can express himself in a way that is not possible through a style like jazz.

“It’s so much easier to express what rhythm you’re feeling and how you interpret music,” Korrell said. “What you’re hearing in the music, it’s so much easier with tap to convey that.”

Korrell has performed in groups, trios, duos and solos. Groups can be difficult, but he has faith in those he is performing with.

“When you have seven other people on stage with you, and you have to lock in with everybody, you have to make sure that everybody knows where we’re at,” Korrell said. “I’m lucky that I’m able to perform with such talented people, that it’s never a problem of nobody knowing what they’re doing. It is all locked in, and [we try] to push each other to have a great performance.”

This group of people has also helped him grow as a performer on his own over the four years he has been touring with them.

Doors open shortly before 7 p.m., and tickets are available online starting at $31. Discounted student tickets are also available for $25.