Lord Franzannian's show will tap dance its way into your heart

Storyteller Elizabeth Lord is back with fun-filled variety show

Contributing writerSeptember 20, 2013 

What’s on tap for the seventh annual Lord Franzannian’s Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show?

Tap.

“This year, we had so many tap-dance auditions,” said Elizabeth Lord, the storyteller, actress and comedian who hosts and produces the show. “I feel like it’s the year of the tap dance.

“Tap dance is a traditional vaudeville old-school dance, so that’s kind of fun.”

The show has three tap dance acts. “They all do something a little different with it,” she said.

What this year’s show won’t have is burlesque. “I think that’s nice for a change,” she said. “I love burlesque, but no one came forward to do it.”

Despite that omission, the show is recommended for older teens and adults — although there is a Sept. 29 matinee that’s suitable for all ages and adds a couple of child acts, one of which includes tap dance.

The show, which sold out last year, has gotten more popular every year.

“I’m already selling quite a bit of tickets,” Lord said Monday. “I usually don’t see the numbers I’ve seen until after an article comes out in The Olympian or something.”

This year, the show features performers who live in Lewis and Pierce counties.

“This is the first time people have to come to Olympia to be part of the show, which is great,” Lord said. “That says something about the show. It says that it’s something worth doing that they are willing to commute to be part of it.”

Among the tap acts will be a high-energy routine set to “Wipe Out” and performed by Nicole Sewell of Olympia. “It’s really fast paced,” Sewell said. “There are lots of difficult rhythms.”

“She is an incredible tap dancer,” Lord said of Sewell. “I’ve not seen that level of tap dancing in some time.”

Sewell first saw the vaudeville show last year and was charmed. “There is such a variety of talent and not stuff you always get to see,” she said.

She’d begun doing burlesque with Rock Candy Burlesque and heard from fellow dancers that Lord was looking for tap acts.

“I was like, ‘Sure, why not? I’ll just throw a tap number together,’ and here I am,” she said. “I’m so excited.”

Lord Franzannian’s Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show

What: The seventh annual show, produced and hosted by storyteller Elizabeth Lord, includes music, comedy, acrobatics and dance.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday plus Sept. 27 and 28; 10 p.m. Saturday plus Sept. 28; 4 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia

Tickets: $15 in advance; $15-$25 at the door (no one will be turned away); $7 for those younger than 15 for the Sept. 29 matinee

More information: professionaltalker.com/vaudeville-show.html or brownpapertickets.com/event/456351

Also: The shows are recommended for ages 16 and older, except the Sept. 29 matinee, which is appropriate for all ages.

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