Thursday, December 22, 2011
A Message From STOMP cast member Mike Hall
My name is Mike Hall; I’m a performer with STOMP, and this is my first year being in the company. I’m originally from Indiana and have always wanted to travel the country, and graciously I’m able to do that with STOMP. I first found out about STOMP when I was in elementary school, and it was one of the numerous influences that encouraged me to pursue a career in percussion and performing.
The STOMP cast of the North America tour is a group of 12 individuals, all from different walks of life performing, discovering and exploring sounds that can be made with everyday ordinary objects. For instance, here is a small list of items that are used in the show: brooms, matchboxes, sand, rubber pipes, chairs, lighters, mops, sinks, newspapers, trash cans, trash can lids, paint cans, basketballs, poles, etc. We also have a part in the show where our bodies are the instruments; we call that “hands and feet.” Often times I’m asked what is my personal favorite part of the show, and that’s by far one of the hardest questions to answer. The entire show itself is so much fun, it’s too difficult to just pick one number and say it’s my favorite, in all honesty it varies from show to show.
I’m incredibly excited to be visiting and performing in Tempe. I’ve heard nothing but good things from the folks that have been there before, and personally I can’t wait to be in the warm weather! I also have a few friends that attend ASU (Go Sun Devils!) so I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the campus and seeing what it’s like for them to go to school there. They’ve told me if I’m going to be visiting then I need to check out the Sea Life Arizona aquarium, so that’s another thing on my list of “to-do’s” while in Tempe. All in all, I can’t wait!!
Life is Music, and Music is Life!!