Footloose: The Musical

May 19 – Aug 12
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre

Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford

Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman

One of the most explosive movie musicals to burst onto the stage in recent memory! The soundtrack reached #1 on the Billboard charts with top 40 rock score, it is a story of rebellious teens and the families who learn to listen to and guide them with warm and loving hearts. Based on a true story; features the hit songs: “Footloose,” “Somebody’s Eyes,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” and “Almost Paradise.”

Director's Notes

Love. Loss. Fear. Insecurity. Growth. Acceptance. Renewal.

By my 17th year my family had moved nearly as many times as I had had birthday candles. Always, I was the outsider to every new school and community. One uprooting planted my family in a rural town in which my school had been plopped in the middle of a cow pasture. During spring classes herd members would poke their heads into open schoolroom windows. The peeping Bessies were welcomed. I, as an outsider, wasn’t. To be considered a local of Blairstown your family had to have been an original settler who farmed the rolling hills of the hamlet. With each move friends and home were lost. The foundation for who I was—transformed.

Not until I first directed FOOTLOOSE a dozen years ago did I realize that in these unfamiliar towns like Blairstown my presence also brought a change to my new neighbors and classmates. In FOOTLOOSE’s main character Ren, the outsider, I saw reflections of my past self. And within the residents of FOOTLOOSE’s Bomont were reflections of my Blairstown neighbors. Each of us strangers approaching the other with firm convictions. But in getting to know the other, there was a rejuvenation.

Change fosters growth. Even a variation we may perceive as a negative, from that shift positive results can follow—if we allow ourselves to embrace an undoubtable hope for renewal. FOOTLOOSE, while tuneful with iconic 80s music, the story itself is not a simplistic bubble gum confection about a ban on dancing. It’s a journey of self-awareness during change. A transformative tale of how people of firm convictions come to each, and then discover themselves anew.

Paul Russell

Director, Footloose: The Musical

Cast & Credits

Cast(In Order of Appearance)

Ren McCormack: Joe Veale
Chicago Youth / Chuck Cranston: Justin Tyler Lewis
Chicago Youth / Travis: James Hendley
Chicago Youth / Lyle: Sean Maximo Campos
Chicago Youth / Urleen:Jenna Haimes
Chicago Youth / Rusty: Hope Quinn
Chicago Youth / Wendy Jo: Annie Simpson
Chicago Youth / Bickle:Andrew Hampton Livingston
Chicago Youth / Garvin:Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Chicago Youth / Jeter: Taylor Marrs
Ethel McCormack: Paris Bradstreet
Reverend Shaw Moore: Nicholas Piper
Vi Moore: Hannah Ingram
Ariel Moore: Sarah Laughland
Lulu Warnicker:Angie Fisher
Wes Warnicker:David Alford
Eleanor Dunbar: Katherine Lyle
Coach Dunbar: Rick McVey
Officer Davis:Barrett Guyton
Betty Blast: Hannah Ingram
Willard: Josh Levinson
Principal Clark: Michael Poisson
Cowboy Bob: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Ensemble: Rusty Allen, Brandy Dryzmkowski, Sarah Van Duesen, Ryan Featherstone, Barrett Guyton, Shaan Sharma
Young Bobby Shaw in projections:Emmitt Breeding
Young Ariel in projections:Lucy Catherine Piper, Maggie Rose Piper


Collaborators

Director: Paul Russell
Choreographer: Amanda Aldridge
Assistant Choreographer: Ashley Campos
Music Director: Lee Harris
Set Designer: Derek Smith
Costume Designer: Lee Alexander Martin
Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Projections: Paul Russell/Derek Smith
Wig & Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel
Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel
Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton
Dance Captain: Josh Levinson
Fight Choreographer: Richard Rose
Fight Captain: Justin Tyler Lewis

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