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Upper School students staged an exuberant production of Footloose The Musical before delighted audiences on February 24 and 25 at the Claudia Boettcher Theatre.
A cast and crew of four dozen students produced the musical, which featured energetic renditions of such hits as “Footloose,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Almost Paradise” and “Holding Out for a Hero.”
From the buoyant dancing to the strong singing to the colorful scenic design, the musical was a well-executed production. The cast wore convincing 80s-style costumes, including the neon yellow, orange and green attire featured in the opening number and the bright cummerbunds and printed dresses in the closing prom scene.
Based on the 1984 movie, Footloose The Musical has a universal story line that celebrates youth. It centers on high school student Ren, who moves from Chicago to a small Oklahoma town and learns that a ban on dancing and rock music has been imposed by the Reverend Moore, a local minister. With the help of the minister’s daughter and other friends, Ren eventually persuades Reverend Moore to lift the ban so the town’s teenagers are free to dance once again.
The cast was expertly supported by a professional pit band led by the production’s musical director and conductor, Katie Meadows, Coordinator of Middle School Music.