Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 7:30 pm (16 days, Jul 23 to Aug 12)

Footloose: the Musical

By: Barter Theatre


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 7:30 pm
127 W Main St Abingdon VA 24210
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Call Barter Theatre at (276) 628-3991


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 MaximoCampos Chicago Youth / Urleen: Jenna Haimes Chicago Youth / Rusty: Hope Quinn Chicago Youth / Wendy Jo: Annie Simpson C hicago 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: EmmittBreeding 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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