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"A celebration of youthful independence . . . Genuine artistry and innovation . . . terrific tunes."






Show Dates

The Louden Nelson Center at 301 Center Street.
August 1st - 10th, 2008.

Footloose

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.




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The Making of Footloose




















Staff

Artistic Director - Lindsey Chester
Director and Choreographer - Andrew Roubal
Musical Director - Jon-Mark Hurley


Cast List

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

  • Core Dancers:
    Kayla Graff
    Whitney James Heskett
    Katelyn Laird
    Camille Scelfo-Dalbey
    Aly Pomerantz
    Sarah Mitchler
    Nili Segal
    Sara Atsatt

    Teen Ensemble:
    Sara Atsatt
    Melody Dahlgren
    Samantha Gruys
    Allison Hill
    Sadie Rose Neiblum-Lamkin
    Macy Tolleson
    Lita Van Houten
    Amber Zeise
    Emmitt Duggan
    Teddy Fenster
    Zendrex Llandrex
    Max Paradise
    Craig Petrocelli
    Turner Roll
    Conrad Useldinger
    Alea Henry
    AND all Core Dancers

    Adult Ensemble:
    Joey Kruse
    Rachel Chatham
    Alea Henry
    Mira Kent
    Alea Krause
    Bebette Hofacre
    Zoe Schneider-Smith


    Dance Captains:
    Brance Souza and Lindsey Duran

    Acting Captain:
    Caitlin Henrix

    Musical Numbers

  • Footloose
  • On Any Sunday
  • The Girl Gets Around
  • I Can`t Stand Still
  • Somebody`s Eyes
  • Learning To Be Silent
  • Holding Out For A Hero
  • Somebody`s Eyes (Reprise)
  • Heaven Help Me
  • I`m Free/Heaven Help Me
  • Still Rockin`
  • 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)
  • Almost Paradise
  • Heaven Help Me (Reprise)
  • Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Reprise)
  • Footloose (Finale)
  • Megamix (Optional)


  • 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

  • Critics Quotes

  • "A celebration of youthful independence . . . Genuine artistry and innovation . . .terrific tunes."
    - Variety

  • "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

  • Detailed Synopsis

    Act 1
    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 ("I`m Free").


    Act 2
    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 ("Almost Paradise").

    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").

    Lindsey Chester (Executive Director): 831-345-6340

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