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Casual Tap (01/24/2009)

released: Jan 24, 2009

description: A disco ball shines and reflects off of Dancin' Tony as he wins audiences over with his classic brand of tap. However, years pass, and Dancin' Tony finds himself working for his son's talent agency rather than dancing himself. He now only has this headshot on the wall to remind him of what he once was. Tony is old, unhappy, and arthritic, but resigns himself to finding the next big thing.

Meanwhile, on a park bench, Marcy is given an ultimatum from Bill -- she has one week to return to her teaching job, or her salary and pension are cut off, and Mrs. Bulworth with replace her permanently. Marcy maintains that she needs to follow her dream, but Bill is unsympathetic. As Marcy walks dejectedly through the streets, a erratic cab driver sets Tony Jr. directly in her path. Marcy recognizes Tony Jr. as the son of Dancin' Tony and tells him how she learned to dance by watching his father. Tony Jr. sets up an appointment with her to audition for his talent agency the next morning.

Dancin' Tony sits by himself in his bedroom and reminisces about his glory days, dancing on television and in the movies, and with celebrities like George Burns. He tries to lose himself in those memories, but cannot escape the truth that those days have passed him by.

Marcy auditions for Dancin' Tony and Tony Jr., and Dancin' Tony is disgusted -- her entire routine is based in imitation. Marcy runs out, ashamed, and attempts to find solace at her mother's grave. Instead, she finds Tony Jr., who offers her a dance contract. She signs with his agency, and they set about getting her a makeover, and giving her a partner -- the cab driver.

The cab driver and Marcy perform, and although audiences enjoy it, Dancin' Tony cannot approve of their modern form. He stops the performance and tells the audience to leave. The cab driver is furious and leaves as well, taking Marcy with him.

Dancin' Tony sits alone and seethes over what dancing has become. As he does, he is visited by the ghost of his friend, George Burns. George Burns tells his that the times change, and he needs to change as well, and so he needs to find a new love to keep him motivated and relevant. Dancin' Tony thinks back on his life, and recalls teaching children to dance, and the joy it gave him at the time. He realizes he can probably teach.

Marcy drowns her sorrows at a local bar, complaining to the bartender about how many chances she missed with dancing, and with Tony Jr. Dancin' Tony enters and sits next to her. After she buys him a Jaeger Bomb, he hesitantly offers to teach her how to dance -- the right way. She accepts, and their work begins.

Months later, Marcy takes the stage as Dancin' Tony and Tony Jr. watch proudly from the audience. George Burns smiles and gives his approval to Dancin' Tony. Tony Jr. tells his father of his intention to marry Marcy. Soon, Dancin' Tony's picture has him surrounded by a happy family -- including Tony Jr., Marcy, and the cab driver.

cast & crew:

Directed by . . . Jason Chin
 
Audience Member #1 . . . Adal Rifai
Audience Member #2 . . . Mel Evans
Audience Member #3 . . . Michael Johnson
Audience Member #4 . . . Sean Kelley
Bar Patron #1 . . . Michael Johnson
Bar Patron #2 . . . Sean Kelley
Barb . . . Mel Evans
Bartender . . . Adal Rifai
Bill . . . Sean Kelley
Cab Driver . . . Michael Johnson
Child #1 . . . Adal Rifai
Child #2 . . . Mel Evans
Child #3 . . . Michael Johnson
Child #4 . . . Sean Kelley
Dancin' Tony . . . Rob White
George Burns . . . Sean Kelley
Hair Stylist #1 . . . Michael Johnson
Hair Stylist #2 . . . Rob White
Hair Stylist #3 . . . Sean Kelley
Marcy . . . Mel Evans
Mrs. Bulworth . . . Michael Johnson
Pigeon . . . Adal Rifai
Tony Jr . . . Adal Rifai

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