One of the most explosive movie musicals of the 1980s bursts onto the live stage this week in Dundee High School’s production of Footloose!
When Ren (Josh Kane) and his mother (Adele Fishbaugh) 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 edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher (Colin Howell), determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter Ariel (Michelle Conner) sets her sights on Ren, her tough-guy boyfriend (Collin Goodman) tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid.
With a heartfelt story set to the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top-40 score, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Footloose first burst onto the silver screen in 1984, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, and John Lithgow, and was one of the most successful motion pictures that year. With screenplay and lyrics by Oscar-winner Dean Pitchford, author of the equally successful movie musical, Fame, the Footloose soundtrack reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and went on to sell over 17 million copies worldwide, generating such top 40 hits as “Footloose,” “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (both receiving Oscar nominations), “Almost Paradise,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” and “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man).”
For the Broadway stage show in 1998, director Walter Bobbie collaborated on a stage adaptation with Pitchford and Tom Snow, adding new songs to supplement the already existing hits. It ran for two years. And 2011, Paramount Pictures’ re-make of Footloose brought this heartwarming story and electrifying music to a whole new generation.
Ren McCormack - Joshua Kane
Ariel Moore - Michelle Conner
Reverend Shaw Moore - Colin Howell
Vi Moore - Edele Morgan
Ethel McCormack - Adele Fishbaugh
Willard Hewitt - Seth Williams
Chuck Cranston - Collin Goodman
Rusty - Olivia Trank
Urleen - Haille Empson
Wendy Jo - Isabella Levanduski
Lulu Warnicker - Erika Gould
Wes Warnicker - Mathew Pollack
Coach Dunbar - Madison Everetts
Eleanor Dunbar - Renee Wolverton
Lyle/Jeter - Colin Weichenthal
Travis/Bickle - Braden Thomas
Principal Harry Clark - Jared Hartman
The Cop - Austin Gibson
Betty - Alyssah Newell
Cowgirl - Sarah Boudinot
Footloose Director: Scott Shepardson
Music Directors: Tom Barton and Nancy Sisbarro
Choreographer: Morgan Allen
Music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, stage adaptation by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; based on the original screenplay by Pitchford, and music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman.