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Choreography By Ali
D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts Academy
JA Vocal Music
Molly's Vocal and Piano Studios
Mt Shasta Childrens Theatre
Visionary School for the Performing Arts
by Carlsbad High School
The musical Footloose (like its precedent 1984 film) is the story of Ren McCormack who, with his mother Ethel leaves Chicago after his father leaves them and drives ten hours to Bomont, Texas to live with his aunt and uncle and start life all over. In addition to feeling like an outsider, Ren experiences a town which for some reason has isolated itself from the rest of the world, a town where the Rev. Shaw Moore has become synonymous with "law" and a night out means a visit to the local Burger Blast. Footloose was inspired by a true story. In 1980, high school students in Elmore City, Oklahoma, protested an ordinance that made dancing illegal. When the clash between the students and church elders was over, the town, founded in 1861, had its first dance.
Green takes the lead as Ren with this high energy show and does a great job
especially during Dancing is Not a Crime
and Almost Paradise, a
beautiful duet sung with Ashley
Avan as Ariel Moore, the preacher’s daughter. Ariel’s friends, Rusty, (Kim
Gosnell), Urleen played by Sammie
Duffy, and Wendy Jo played by Chelsie
Donahue bring some great comedy and vocals to the show. Their number, Holding
Out for a Hero has some great harmonies, while Rusty’s number, Let’s
Hear It for the Boy was a hit. Rusty’s
relationship with Willard Hewitt (Grant
Perdue) was both hilarious and believable and the two of them scored some
great comedic moments. The crowd
favorite by far was the hilarious Mama
Says (You Can’t Back Down), a
vaudeville type number
led by Willard with the added
comedic help of Dylan Donn as Bickle,
Justin Feinman as Garvin, Daniel
Liuag as Jeter, and Ren.
Footloose is not just about great music; there is also a story of a town and its
residents who are prisoners of grief. The minister, Shaw Moore,
and his wife, Vi are played by Paul Geisterfer and Millie Beetham.
Rev Moore’s song Heaven Help Me was
sung with a lot of heart. Vi
Moore’s ballad, Can't You Find it in Your Heart? is a tear-jerker number where she wants to be loved like she
was years ago.
Monica Hogue Hall and her cast and crew do a great job with this show.
The choreography of Suzanne Fernandez is energetic and a blast to watch
and musical director Elan McMahan does an impeccable job of coaxing the
best possible sound from the vocalists as well as the band.
Collectively this made for a very Footloose and fancy free production!
Performed May 7 – 15, 2010
Ren McCormack: Danny
Conductor/keyboard: Mrs. Elan McMahan
Keyboard: Tilly Rudolph
Drums: Shane Evans
Percussion: Mike Dooley, Naeyon Kim
Bass: James Smith
Reeds: Brendan Hudak, Ryan Salgado, Noelle Patterson
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