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DIRTY DANCING The classic story on stage. By Eleanor Bergstein Aldwych Theatre, London - 24 October, 2006 - 9 July 2011 Synopsis Its the Summer of 1963, and 17 year old Frances Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, 'Baby' shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters when an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, 'Baby' can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. 'Baby's' life is about to change forever as she is thrown in the deep end as Johnny's leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences. First dance. First love. You'll have 'the time of your life!' ‘That was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind…’ Experience the excitement and passion of the classic story as never before with brand new scenes written especially for the stage. Now with more Baby and Johnny, more sensational dancing and even more classic songs - you're sure to have 'the time of your life!' Featuring the hit songs from the best selling movie soundtrack including; (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby and Do You Love Me? STORY In the summer of 1963, Frances “Baby” Houseman is vacationing with her parents Jake and Marjorie Houseman, and her older sister Lisa at Kellerman’s, an upscale Catskills resort in the Borscht Belt owned by Jake’s friend Max. Exploring one night, Baby secretly observes Max instructing the waiters, all Ivy League students, to romance the guests’ daughters, no matter how unattractive. Max also demeans the working class entertainment staff, including Johnny Castle, one of the dance instructors. Baby is attracted to Johnny, and dances briefly with him after his cousin, Billy, introduces them at a secret “dirty dancing” party for resort staff. Baby learns Johnny’s dance partner Penny is pregnant by Robbie, a waiter and womanizer who attends Yale School of Medicine and now has his eye on Lisa. When Robbie refuses to help Penny, Baby, without explaining why, borrows money from her father to pay for Penny’s abortion. At first, Penny declines as it would cause her and Johnny to miss a performance at a nearby resort, costing them the season’s salary, but Baby volunteers to stand in for Penny. During her dance sessions with Johnny, they develop a mutual attraction, and except for their failure to execute a climactic lift (Baby hesitated), Johnny and Baby’s performance is successful. Back at Kellerman’s, Penny is gravely injured by the botched abortion, and Baby enlists her father’s help to stabilize Penny. Angered by Baby’s deception, and assuming Johnny got Penny pregnant, Dr. Houseman orders Baby to stay away from them. Baby sneaks off to apologize to Johnny for her dad’s treatment, but Johnny feels he deserves it due to his lower status; Baby reassures him of his worth, declaring her love. They begin secretly seeing each other, and her father now refuses to talk to her. Scene from the dancing finale[5][6] Johnny rejects an indecent proposal by Vivian Pressman, an adulterous wife, who instead sleeps with Robbie, inadvertently foiling Lisa’s own plan to lose her virginity to him. When Vivian spots Baby leaving Johnny’s