Prescott High School and Ruth Street Theatre to put on ‘Footloose’ April 4-6
One kid. One Town. One Chance.
For those familiar with ’80s pop culture, the set up is well known. A boy going into his senior year of high school is uprooted from the city life of Chicago to the Midwest town almost devoid of entertainment.
What’s worse is that the town has banned rock n’ roll and dancing. The city boy’s challenge to overcome the resistance of an influential reverend in order to put on a party and bring dance back.
In Footloose the Musical, Prescott High School’s Fine Arts Department has selected a perfect vehicle for a large teen cast.
Teen performers playing age appropriate parts are certainly in their element.
As Ren McCormick, Isaiah Carman plays the lead. Kirsten Cordova plays the defiant teen, Ariel, and Angus MacDonald as Willard provide some good comic turns, and Grant Routson is convincing as Reverend Shaw Moore.
The production demands a great deal of prop and people movement, and PHS Performing Arts teacher and Director, Layla Tenney orchestrates the elements well. Dori Harnly-Allwein stage choreography creates much of the energy of the show, with fine music direction by PHS Choir teacher, Erin Sobo and stage direction by Ashlyn Braithwaite.
But the smiling, rocking, dancing kids bring it to life with the dances and of course the familiar music that we find ourselves singing along – the anthem “Footloose, Almost Paradise,” and ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy,’ as starters.
This is a production that will lift you up and make you feel happy to be there. You may find yourself singing along to the recognizable 80’s tunes and “dancing in the street” along with the cast.
Don’t miss the musical, “Footloose” at Prescott High School’s Ruth Street Theatre!
Director: Layla Tenney
Musical Director: Erin Sobo
Choreographer: Dori Harnly-Allwein
Stage Manager: Ashlyn Braithwaite
Ren McCormack-Isaiah Carman
Reverend Shaw Moore-Grant Routson
Ariel Moore-Kirsten Cordova
Vi Moore-Judah Neese
Willard Hewitt-Angus Macdonald
Ethel McCormack-Makenna Gallus
Chuck Cranston, Ensemble-Benjamin Winkler
Wendy Jo-Amie Cunningham
Aunt Lulu Warnicker, Town Council, Ensemble-Jaiden Whitwell
Uncle Wes Warnicker-Anthony Moore Jr.
Coach Roger Dunbar, Cowboy Bob, Bickle, Ensemble -Brian VanVorst
Eleanor Dunbar-Kate Burk
Lyle, Ensemble-Aranda Dutra
Travis, Ensemble-Mikaila Pierzchajlo
Principal, A Cop, Town Council, Ensemble-Ariel Cunningham
Betty Blast, Ensemble-Haley Crumpler
Jeter, Ensemble-Josh Sherman
Garvin- Cassidy Swearingen
Cowgirl, Ensemble-Kira Weathersby
Town Council, Ensemble-Tabitha
Information provided by Prescott Unified School District.