Thursday, July 14, 2016

Everybody cut "Footloose!"

Big cities and small towns have always been two different worlds with their own set of values and ideas. "Footloose" shows what happens when those different worlds collide.

“Footloose takes place in a very specific time and place, and yet, it still resonates right now,” Paul Hustoles, Highland artistic director said. “Just think about the world as it exists now and the people who don’t want to be on the cutting edge of social norms and those who want to bring society kicking and dragging into a new world. ‘Footloose’ demonstrates that beautifully.”

The forth and final show of the “Golden” anniversary season will be “Footloose.” Written by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Pitchford, “Footloose” the musical is based on the 1984 movie that shares the same name. Ren McCormack is a regular city teenager who enjoys going out dancing in Chicago after a long day of work. His life is flipped upside down when he and his mother have to relocate from the big city to the small town of Bomont. When he gets to Bomont he soon learns that it is a very religious town and they have a ban on dancing. Determined to change the adult’s opinions he teams up with Willard Hewitt and Ariel Moore (the minister’s daughter) and together they try to convince the town council that dancing isn’t a bad thing.
“Footloose” is Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic, Farrish Johnson Law Office and an anonymous donor. The show was last produced as the main stage opener in the fall of 2002. “Footloose” will be the closing show of the 50th “Golden” anniversary Highland Summer Theatre season.


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