STOMP, the international sensation, is making its triumphant return to the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 and 3, 2012, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain.  The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.

“After creating new routines for STOMP OUT LOUD in Vegas, [co-creator] Luke Cresswell and I decided it was time to rework elements of our main production, STOMP,” said co-creator Steve McNicholas. “STOMP has evolved a great deal ever since its first incarnation at the Edinburgh Festival. Every reworking has involved losing some pieces and gaining new ones, but has always stayed true to the original premise of the show: to create rhythmic music with instantly recognizable objects, and do it with an eccentric sense of character and humor.”

The changes that can now be seen in the tour of STOMP are the biggest since the late 1990’s. A new piece “Paint Cans” evolved out of the “Boxes” routine in the Las Vegas show and “Donuts” is a piece that implements huge tractor tire inner tubes, worn around the waist on a bungee cord. For many years, the creators had looked for a STOMP equivalent of the Latin percussion instrument the guiro, a gourd-shaped open-ended instrument with ridges along the side that are rubbed by a wooden stick to create its sound. The climactic trashcan sequence “Bins” has been restructured to include a guiro-like new-found instrument: strip-lighting recycling containers.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past fourteen years, having performed in over 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide. STOMP continues its phenomenal run with the ongoing sell-out Off-Broadway production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a North American tour, and two productions overseas – a London company and a European tour.

STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays. The young performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-creator/director Luke Cresswell. Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, and hubcaps – to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.

Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York TimesThe San Francisco Chronicle declares “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims: “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune.

STOMP is directed and created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.

General public tickets range from $38 – $70.   Specially-priced tickets starting as low as $26 are available for all students, Cal Poly staff/faculty, and military families and may be ordered by phone, online, or at the Performing Arts Center box office (ID must be presented when picking up tickets).

Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 805/756-4TIX (4849), ordering online at, or by logging on to

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7 p.m., direct from China, the NATIONAL CIRCUS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA performs their latest colorful spectacle, “Cirque Chinois,” at the Performing Arts Center.  Cal Poly Arts presents the Cirque extravaganza; as a kick-off to their new 2012-13 performing arts season, Cal Poly Arts is offering all student Circus tickets at a 50% discount.


The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest-running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.  The collective is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program, such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance With Bowls and many other outstanding acts. With Mei Yuezhou as Director and Ai Bing as Deputy Director, the company has won Gold and Silver medals, along with various other awards, at international circus festivals, including the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, Cirque de Demain, and China National Acrobatic Competition.

TICKETS: $34 general public; $17 students/Cal Poly faculty & staff

“Cirque Chinois” is sponsored by James Sargen and the SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel


On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly Arts presents the hilarious return engagement of THE CAPITOL STEPS, just in time for the elections!  The sly, wry political parody pack is back to deliver a bi-partisan, musical satire skewering of each precious party in a tuneful, comic free-for-all.  You’ll be rolling in the aisle as The Steps criss-cross the proverbial aisle.

The Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress, reportedly “they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.” So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day and created song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”) and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, on balance, the group of performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

“They’re the best!  There’s no one like them, no one in their league.” (Larry King)

Student and general public tickets range from $29 – $54.

The Capitol Steps are sponsored by Jeffrey D. & Sharon Armstrong, Patricia McNamara in loving memory of Francis McNamara, KCBX 90.1 FM, and MED+STOP Urgent Care Centers