Audience members will want to jump out of their seat and dance in the aisles as Footloose takes center stage in the CJ auditorium March 11 and 12.
“It’s a fun musical,” said choir and drama teacher Caitlin Bennett. “There is a lot of dancing which is something we have not done in a long time. Doing a dance musical is hard because you have students who have all different abilities so you can’t expect them to all pick it up right away. It takes some time to work through it and our students have accepted the challenge.”
“Last year we did a darker, classical musical and this year’s musical is a lot of fun and has dancing,” noted Caroline Eifert ’17.
Footloose is about a teenager, Ren, who moves to a small farming town that has a ban on dancing.
“Ren fights for the right to dance because dancing is a part of his life as much as breathing,” shared Sean Stewart ’16 who plays Ren in the CJ musical. “I really identify with this because I am also extremely passionate about activities that I am involved in.”
To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
“We are having a lot of fun with the era,” added Bennett. “I think it will be fun because a lot of the student’s parents may have been kids in the ‘80s, so I think they will be able to connect with a lot in the show.”
Footloose will be the last performance in the CJ auditorium before renovations, as part of the LIFT campaign, begin.
“I think this is going to be a great last production for the auditorium before it gets renovated,” said Stewart. “It's a huge fun show with a lot of cool lights and a few awesome cameos by members of the CJ community.”
“It’s cool that this is the last performance,” agreed Eifert. “I’m excited that next year I will get to be in the first musical in the renovated auditorium.”
Show times for Footloose are Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 12 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for high school students, and $5 for grade school students. The matinee performance is free for students in grades 6-8.