Stomp - The international percussion sensation

The “Tin Can” scene in “Stomp.” Photo provided.

(Springfield, MO) Back by popular demand, Stomp, the international percussion sensation, returns to Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts for three performances only March 15-17. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, Stomp has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, Stomp continues its phenomenal run with four global productions. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; this year, it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or….

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 performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, Stomp has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight 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 - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hubcaps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Critics and audiences have raved: “Stomp is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. The 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 returns to Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield for three performances only March 15-17. Show times are Tuesday March 15 at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday March 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at, by calling (417) 836-7678 or in person at the Hammons Hall Box Office. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (417) 836-8468.

Beware of scalpers! Please note: Only purchase tickets at and Tickets sold online at any other web location may reflect inflated pricing and/or speculative seating options. Juanita K. Hammons Hall cannot assume responsibility for unauthorized ticket purchases.


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