Step Show: Songs From A New Musical - Sneak Peek!

  • September 16, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Paradise Theatre

    215 Grand Avenue
    Paonia, Colorado 81428
Ticket Price $15.00 This event is now over




A sneak peek of a work in progress

Sponsored by Wisehart Springs Inn


Maxine Lyle’s new work STEP SHOW: THE MUSICAL is a two-act theatrical production, currently in progress, that showcases African American step dance and its role in Black college life. Infusing body percussion with hip-hop, R&B, and soul, this inter-generational coming of age story takes a riveting ride through the world of step dance and its imprint on Black culture. The characters usher the audience into the atmosphere of a traditional step show, inviting them to join in raucous verbal and rhythmic call and responses and tune their ears to heavy, bass-driven beats. STEP SHOW considers the stakes for self and community when the transference of a powerful oral and physical lineage is lost or interrupted in Black bodies and Black spaces.


Maxine Lyle is a Newark, NJ-based playwright, choreographer, teaching artist and producer specializing in African-American step dance. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Soul Steps LLC, one of the world’s only professional dance companies dedicated to teaching and performing African American step dance. Maxine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Williams College, where she co-founded Sankofa, the Williams College step team, now under the Williams College Dance Department for over twenty years. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts Administration, with a concentration in Theatrical Management and Producing from Columbia University School of the Arts. Maxine has been a frequent Artist-in-Residence at Mass MoCA and Williams College as she develops her original musical, titled STEP SHOW: THE MUSICAL, which has had several workshops at theaters and institutions around the country.


Carmi Harris has performed in several musicals & plays including Flyin’ West, A Motown Christmas, Memphis, The Wiz, Beehive The Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more. She has also performed in several cabarets at venues including NYC favorites “Feinstein’s/54 Below” & “Don’t Tell Mama” and more. The vocalist, actor & model has also appeared in several short films, commercials and performances on national networks including PBS, BET, HSN and more. In 2022, Carmi was the cover of Lyfe Magazine & 2023, she was a part of She NYC Summer Festival award winning best musical Chasing Grace. In 2016, Carmi debuted her first self-written & co-produced solo show Carmi's Playlist at “The Space at 2106”. Carmi is represented by FireStarter Entertainment (Chondra Profit). Stay connected at & on instagram @carmiharrisofficial. 


Photo by Lou Jones

Date & Time

Sat, Sep 16, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue Details

Paradise Theatre

215 Grand Avenue
Paonia, Colorado 81428 Paradise Theatre
The Paradise Theatre

The Paradise Theatre is an intimate non-profit theatre located in the heart of Downtown Paonia. Our mission is to build community through educational events, live music, film, and theater.  The historic entertainment venue was built in 1928 and formed into a non-profit in 2014.  From it's inception, the Paradise has been a gathering place for the community.  Our standing room capacity is 200 and our seated capacity is 119.  We offer organic popcorn and snacks, locally produced wines and liquors, hard cider, and a full bar with speciality cocktails.  The Paradise Theatre Board, Staff, and Volunteers value diversity and inclusion.  All are welcome here. 

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