"A celebration of youthful independence . . . Genuine artistry and innovation . . . terrific tunes."
The Louden Nelson Center at 301 Center Street.
August 1st - 10th, 2008.
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory now bursts onto the live stage. When Ren
and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable
adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn`t prepared for are the rigorous local laws,
including a ban on dancing. The ban is the brainchild of a preacher determined to exercise the
control over the town youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend`s rebellious
daughter sets her cap for Ren, her roughneck boy friend tries to sabotage Ren`s reputation, with many
of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. To the rockin` rhythm of its
Oscar-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts
and has sold over 15 million copies!) to which new, dynamic songs have been added, FOOTLOOSE
celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Footloose Opening Weekend - A Sell Out!
The Making of Footloose
Artistic Director - Lindsey Chester
Director and Choreographer - Andrew Roubal
Musical Director - Jon-Mark Hurley
Thank you all for auditioning... this was exceptionally hard and
we are just so amazed by the talent in the cast !!! Please note that
we have placed you where you can best serve the cast. Those of you who are dancers and have
been cast in adult roles will be brought across as teens whenever possible to dance :) Congratulations
and get ready to "cut loose"!
Ren McCormack - Brance Souza
Ethel McCormack - Megan Voogd
Rev. Shaw Moore - Josiah Frampton
Vi Moore - Lindsey Duran
Ariel Moore - Shevawn Torr
Lulu (Ren`s Aunt) - Rachel Chatham
Rusty (Trio) - Harmony Levy
Urleen (Trio) - Sarah Birkhofer
Wendy Jo (Trio) - Caitlin Hendrix
Chuck Cranston - Jordan Sidfield
Lyle (Chuck`s Friend) - Emmitt Duggan
Travis (Chuck`s Friend) - Max Paradise
Willard Hewitt - Kendall Neiblum-Lamkin
Betty Blast (owner of Burger Blast) - Lita Van Houten
Coach Dunbar - Joey Kruse
Eleanor Dunbar - Mira Kent
Principal Clark - Zoe Schneider-Smith
Jeter (Ren`s Friend) - Teddy Fenster
Bickle (Ren`s Friend) - Craig Petrocelli
Garvin (Ren`s Friend) - Turner Roll
Cowboy Bob - Emmitt Duggan
Chicago "Footloose" Quartet - Camille Scelfo-Dalbey
Chicago "Footloose" Quartet - Zoe Schneider-Smith
Chicago "Footloose" Quartet - Nili Segal
Chicago "Footloose" Quartet - Sarah Mitchler
Cop - Zendrex Llandrex
Cowboy Girl - Aly Pomerantz
Whitney James Heskett
Sadie Rose Neiblum-Lamkin
Lita Van Houten
AND all Core Dancers
Brance Souza and Lindsey Duran
On Any Sunday
The Girl Gets Around
I Can`t Stand Still
Learning To Be Silent
Holding Out For A Hero
Somebody`s Eyes (Reprise)
Heaven Help Me
I`m Free/Heaven Help Me
Let`s Hear It For The Boy
Can You Find It In Your Heart?
Dancing Is Not A Crime
Mama Says (You Can`t Back Down)
Heaven Help Me (Reprise)
Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Reprise)
Awards and Nominations
Four 1999 Tony Award Nominations
One 1999 Grammy Award Nomination, Best Original Cast Recording
Two 1985 Academy Award Nominations for Best Song ("Footloose," "Let`s Hear It For The Boy")
Two 1985 Grammy Award Nominations, including Best Soundtrack Album
"A celebration of youthful independence . . . Genuine artistry and innovation . . .terrific tunes."
"A crackling show . . .better than the movie!"
- Green Bay Press- Gazette
"This is a show you want to dance to! The score is the best kind of blast from the past!"
- Cincinnati Enquirer
"FOOTLOOSE has the potential to become the next GREASE!"
- Baltimore Sun
"FOOTLOOSE is an exuberant entertainment, bursting to life with music, romance and dance."
- L.A. Movie Gazette
"One of the most extraordinary musicals ever to come out of Hollywood. FOOTLOOSE blends fantastical situations
with important issues and balances them perfectly."
- LA Weekly
Ren MacCormack is in a dance club in Chicago ("Footloose") and finds out from his mother, Ethel,
that they are moving to a town called Bomont. In Bomont, Ren and Ethel attend church and get their
first glimpse of Reverend Shaw Moore ("On Any Sunday") who is a big authority figure in the town.
After church, the Reverend`s daughter, Ariel, runs off to find her boyfriend Chuck Cranston, who is,
for lack of a better term, trailer trash, and only wants to get in Ariel`s pants ("The Girl Gets
Around"). While they are embracing, the Reverend shows up and catches Chuck with his hands around
his daughter. He is not happy.
The next day, Ren shows up for school and immediately becomes friends with Willard Hewitt, a
Cowboy with a bad attitude and a strong loyalty to his mother. Ren tells Willard of the dancing
he used to do in Chicago ("I Can`t Stand Still"). Willard tries to stop him from dancing in the
middle of the school, but Ren ignores him and puts on a show in front of the school principal, who
angrily explains that dancing is illegal in the town of Bomont. Willard defends Ren, saying that he
is new in town and does not know the rules. After the principal leaves, Rusty, who is madly in love
with Willard, tells him how brave he is to have stood up the principal on Ren`s behalf. Rusty then
explains to an amazed Ren that dancing is illegal ("Somebody`s Eyes") after Reverend Moore passed
a law forbidding dancing after his son died in a car accident returning from a dance.
In the next scene we see Ethel, who has gone over to the Moore house to have tea with the Reverend`s
wife, Vi Moore. The two discuss how no one listens to them and everyone is set in their own ways
("Learning to be Silent"). After school that day, several of the students go to Betty Blast`s, a
burger restaurant. Ariel, Rusty and their friends are doing homework at a table while Willard talks
to Ren, who is dressed up in a waiter`s uniform as he has just been hired to work at the restaurant.
When Ren takes Ariel`s order, she flirts with him. He returns to Willard, who warns Ren that Chuck
Cranston would not be happy if Ren were to become involved with Ariel. Ren then proceeds to question
Willard about his relationship with Rusty. Willard proclaims that he thinks she is very good looking,
but is annoyed by her nonstop talking. The scene shifts back to Ariel`s conversation with her friends,
and she is talking about how she wants to find a decent guy ("Holding Out for a Hero"). As she
finishes her song, Chuck shows up and starts to yell at Ariel. Ren and Willard come to her defense,
but it is Betty, the owner of the restaurant, who breaks up the fight.
After Ren gets off work, Ariel takes him to her secret place beneath the train tracks where she
discusses her hatred of Bomont. Afterwards, Ren walks her home where we meet the Reverend and Vi,
who defends Ariel to Reverend Shaw, who tells her that he doesn`t want her talking to Ren anymore.
Ariel storms off to her room and Vi tells Shaw that he`s being too hard on her. After Vi leaves the
room, Shaw ponderers whether or not he is being fair with her ("Heaven Help Me").
At school the next day, Ren shows up late to gym class and explains to the teacher that he was
jumped by Chuck, but the teacher won`t listen. Standing with Ariel and Willard, Ren realizes that
the only way to beat the town is to get all the teenagers together and throw a dance. Willard
tells Ren that he is insane, but Ren won`t listen and tells all of the students of his idea
Act two opens with Ren, Ariel, Willard, and Rusty in a town miles from Bomont where there is a
big dance hall, complete with a country band ("Let`s Make Believe We`re in Love"). Rusty repeatedly
attempts to dance with Willard, but he weasels his way out, dragging Ren off to the bar to get
drinks. There, he explains to Ren that he doesn`t know how to dance. Rusty overhears them, and so
do several cowboys, who begin to mock Willard. Rusty comes to his defense, saying that he might not
be perfect, but she loves him anyway ("Let`s Hear it for the Boy"). During Rusty`s song, Ren tries
to teach Willard to dance, and the song ends with Willard whipping off an amazing dance combination,
much to Rusty`s surprise.
When Ren brings Ariel home, Shaw is extremely angry with her for seeing Ren. He almost hits her,
but he stops himself and Ariel runs from the room. Vi talks to Shaw and tries to explain that he
is too hard on her and that she doesn`t mean to make him upset ("Can You Find it in Your Heart?").
Meanwhile, Ren, Willard, and their friends are trying to find away to present their idea to the town
council. Ren is extremely discouraged and considers forgetting the whole idea. Willard gives Ren some
advice that his mother told him and explained that he can`t give up ("Mama Says"). Just as Ren`s
confidence has built up, Ariel shows up and tells Ren that Chuck beat her up. Willard and his friends
go off to find Chuck, and Ren comforts Ariel as they pronounce their love for each other
At the town council meeting, Ren stands up and explains to the council-men, one of them Reverend
Moore, that dancing is written about in the bible and should not be illegal ("Dancing is not a Crime").
The members don`t listen and the motion is dismissed. After the meeting, Ren goes to the church and
explains to reverend Moore that he should not take his anger about his son`s death out on the entire
town. Shaw kicks him out of the church and remembers back to when his son was alive ("I Confess").
The memory fills him with happiness and he realizes what he must do.
At the next service he tells the whole congregation that he is going to allow the teenagers to hold
a dance. They are overjoyed. Ren asks Ariel to the dance and Willard invites Rusty, telling her that
he is even willing to dance with her. The show ends with a huge dance that even the Reverend and his
wife attend ("Footloose/Finale").