Musical Theatre Students Promise Wow-Factor in “Footloose”
, March 2007 -- At first glance,
this could be any group of high school students. Groups of three and four
lounge about the room. The attire runs from jeans and t-shirts, to dance
clothes, to sweatshirts with college logos. Some of the kids lean against
the wall eyes closed, others chat or laugh. But then everything changes.
petite woman steps to the front of the room. After a few announcements,
she claps her hands twice and says, “Okay, let’s go.” Movement starts
immediately. All of the laughing, leaning and snoozing stops.
Forty-plus teenagers take their places looking focused and determined. The
keyboardist begins to play, and the room transforms. These are triple
threat kids from
of the Arts rehearsing for “Footloose” which runs April 27, 28 and May 3, 4
and 5 at 7:00 PM in the brand new, state-of-the-art theatre on the campus of
650 D Avenue
talent here runs deeps. The tight harmonies and in sync
dancing attest to this. Some of these kids have 20 or more productions to
their credit including school, professional and community theatre. As CoSA
students in the Musical Theatre Department, they spend almost three hours in
dedicated theatre arts classes after the regular school day to study their
craft. And, if they audition and make the cut for a play like
“Footloose,” it requires additional hours of rehearsal each day. The
extra effort doesn’t seem to faze these youthful actors, singers and dancers.
fact, these kids thrive on this work, according to Barbara
Wolf the woman who called the room to attention and CoSA’s musical theatre
director. “The kids are like a team. No matter what the rest of their day has
been like, when the actors come here to rehearse, they pull together and give it
Lerner, a senior from Bonita who plays the role of Ariel in “Footloose”
echoes this sentiment. “We are extra excited about this play since it will be
our first musical in the new theatre. We can’t wait to present the end
product.” Charles Evans a senior from
, who plays Ren, the new boy in town, sees “Footloose” as a perfect ending
for his high school acting career as he segues into college. “This is a great,
fast-paced, contemporary production with great music. All I can say is
that I hope everybody will come and see.”
plot of “Footloose” strikes close to home for these student actors.
When city boy Ren moves to a new town in the West, he is amazed to learn that
town elders forbid singing and dancing. The result is a teenage rebellion
and a perfect vehicle for hit songs like “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear it
for the Boy” and amazing choreography. CoSA students would surely follow suit
if landed in similar circumstances.
as the students work together to make this show as close to perfect as possible,
other professionals join director Barbara Wolf to give this production the wow
factor. Guest choreographer and one-time CoSA dance instructor Vanessa Gonzalez
signed on to arrange sizzling dance numbers for the show. Gonzalez’s list of
credits includes classical training under Andree Harper and an apprenticeship
with the El Paso Ballet. She has also trained in flamenco, Folklorico,
jazz and hip hop and she performed with the Lone Star Ballet. Locally, she
taught dance for area schools and studios and she choreographed CoSA’s
previous productions of “Kiss me Kate,” “Grease,” “Guys and
Dolls” and “Runaways” to name a few. She currently performs for
Carnival Cruise Lines as a featured dancer. Gonzalez returns to CoSA to add her
passionate brand of choreography to “Footloose.” She works the actors
hard, but they love it.
junior Donny Gersonde who plays Willard calls this a “dancier show, than most
other CoSA productions.” In fact, the Musical Theatre actors are joined by
featured dancers from the CoSA Classical and Contemporary Dance program to round
out the already talented dancing ensemble.
feel the electricity in the room as these students prepare for
“Footloose.” “They are especially pumped up about this production.
This is going to be an amazing show in our new theatre. I have to say,
this is one production you will not want to miss.”
year since its inception, CoSA has increased its enrollment,
arts and academic curriculum, and program funding -- earning numerous academic
accolades in the process, including recognition from the California Department
of Education as a “model specialized secondary program.”
now offers comprehensive, enriched programs
in Dance (classical and
contemporary), Instrumental Music
(classical, jazz and electronic), Musical
Theatre and Drama (including voice, scene study and dance for
theatre), Technical Theatre
(design and production), and Visual Arts
(drawing, painting, sculpture and multi-media).
more information, call (619) 522-8969 or visit www.cosa.coronado.k12.ca.us
tickets cost $15 and $10 for children, students and seniors. General Admission
tickets cost $10 and $7 for children, students and seniors. To order tickets or
for more information, please call 619.522.8969.