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‘Footloose’ hits the stage

Lisa Conner
A&E Editor
lconner@lhup.edu

 

DanceGet ready to dance it back to the 80s with the sounds and dances of the production of Footloose presented by the LHU University Players.

The musical, which is based off of the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, follows the character, Ren McCormac, who moves from Chicago to a very small town where dancing is illegal.

Tension in the town begins to build when Ren forms a relationship with the preacher’s daughter Ariel. The two cause even more tension within the small town by asking their high school to hold a traditional prom.

The director of the show, David Leidholdt, said that the audience can expect a fun and nostalgic atmosphere.

“It’s definitely a show from the 80s,” Leidholdt said.

DSC_0064Although Footloose is lighthearted and fun, Leidholdt said  the show has a bigger message than just rebellious teenagers.

“It actually has a very big heart to it. It’s about family and redemption and forgiveness.”

The actors from the show supported Leidholdt’s view of the true message of the show.

Curtis Jones, who plays Ren McCormac, said “It’s a story people will enjoy and it’s one that they will know very well. And even if they haven’t seen it’s going to be something that everyone can relate to.”

Jones also said, “No matter where you come from, no matter your background there’s something you can do to bring family or community together.”

The characters in the show are not the only ones that came together.

Blair Allen, who portrays Ariel Moore said, “I think they [the audience] will see that our department is not dead and that we have really come together and they will get the message of the show.”

“I really like the character,” said Greg Paige, who plays the antagonist of the show, Reverend Shaw, “all the emotions that he goes through and I really like it. Because he has a revelation of like, oh, I’ve been wrong this whole time. I really like portraying that emotion.”

The show premiers April 9 at 7:30 in sloan auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in Sloan. General admission is $3.00 for adults and are free for all LHU students with the presentation of your student id. Footloose will be showing April 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 with a matinee at 2:00 on April 11.

Don’t miss out on this inspiring upbeat show.

All photos courtesy of Lisa Conner. Check more photos on our Flickr!

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One comment on “‘Footloose’ hits the stage

  1. As a former LHU theatre student it makes my heart sink to hear a student say “I think they [the audience] will see that our department is not dead and that we have really come together and they will get the message of the show.” The school is doing the students a disservice with the amount of changeover in faculty these past few years. Your students deserve better.

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