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Art Imitates Life in Film About the Inspirational Power of Dance

Melissa Fahn (as Sara) and Sam Zeller in a scene from Tick Tock Boom Clap

Melissa Fahn (as Sara) and Sam Zeller in a scene from Tick Tock Boom Clap

California filmmaker Sara Pedri, a longtime singer and dancer, has drawn on her experiences on and off stage for the independent film Tick Tock Boom Clap, which will have its Bay Area premiere at the Downtown Theater, Fairfield [CA] Center for Creative Arts, August 25 at 7:30pm.

Named for the cadence of the first tap steps she learned as a child in Napa, Pedri’s movie follows a near-middle-aged protagonist, also named Sara, who is grieving the loss of her parents when her friends concoct a plan to take her to a Broadway production starring the tap dancer she once idolized.

The movie draws from Pedri’s own experiences. She was 9 and taking tap classes in Vallejo when she went to see tap dancer Arthur Duncan at the Napa Valley Expo in August 1972, only to be smitten by his stage partner that evening, Charlie McGowan, then 12. Many years later, the loss of her parents followed by the birth of her son, Nick, in 2004 began to make her think about how she might make her son understand what theater had meant to her, and began work on an 120-page screenplay.

As Pedri’s cinematic alter ego searches for the dancer who inspired her, so Pedri herself spent two years seeking McGowan with faint hopes of including him in the film. After finally tracking down the dancer, she and McGowan met in Santa Rosa on the Tick Tock Boom Clap set.

The meeting was a poignant one; a heart attack had forced McGowan—who had starred as Bobby in the 1985 film version of A Chorus Line—into retirement and the limbo that Pedri’s parents had feared when they steered their daughter away from a full-time stage career. But after nearly four decades, he and the woman who once had a crush on him still shared a common love. And so, in the theater lobby, the two danced the signature number “One” from A Chorus Line.

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