This past weekend was the 25th Anniversary of STOMP at The Orpheum in New York City. Starting on Friday March 1st alumni STOMPERS made their way back to their old stomping grounds in the East Village. Theatre Unleashed‘s very own Soda Persi was among them.
Soda began her journey with STOMP at a coffee shop in South Pasadena CA flipping through Backstage with her best friend. Her friend saw the open casting announcement and convinced Soda to go for it. She went to the open call in Burbank and stood on line for three hours with 1,100 other hopeful STOMPERS. Groups of 40 to 50 people at a time were brought into the small dance studio with only a handful making the cut. This went on all week. Soda made every call back and at the end of the week, two woman and four men were cast. Soda was on her way to NYC.
After six weeks of blistered hands and feet and a handful of bruises she was ready to perform at the Orpheum. A few months later Soda was sent out on the National Tour. This was her life from the summer of 1996 to the fall of 1998 when she decided, at five months pregnant with her first child of five, that it was time to hang up her STOMP shoes and go home.
21 years later and STOMP alumni from around the world are sent emails inviting them back to where they all started. Though she was apprehensive, as it had been over two decades since her last STOMP performance, Soda knew she had to do it.
Soda took the stage this past Sunday March 3rd for two special SOLD OUT anniversary performances featuring STOMP rockstars from the last 25 years. Soda was humbled, honored, and over the moon to be a small part of a grand occasion!
About Soda Persi
Soda was born in Hollywood CA and spent most of her childhood in dance class and gymnastic competitions. At the age of 7 she had her first theatre experience when she was cast as a Faerie in the California Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Soda was hooked! From there she was in every production in high school and college and toured with the Asian American theatre company Here’n’Now and then finally ended up being cast in STOMP at The Orpheum in NYC and the North American tour. After a couple years on the road she decided it was time to settle down and raise a family. Five kids and 20 years later Soda is back on stage and loving every moment!
STOMP, an off-Broadway show mixing percussion, movement and visual comedy, has been making music with everyday items for 25 years. Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. STOMP has been packing in audiences at the Orpheum Theatre since 1994, and is still running strong.
For more information, check out StompOnline.com