Theater school to present 'Footloose'
Published 4:09 pm, Thursday, July 26, 2012
Music Theatre of Connecticut School of Performing Arts will present a production of "Footloose" performed by its students at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Long Lots School, 13 Hyde Lane.
The play, following the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow, Lori Singer, Chris Penn and Sarah Jessica Parker, will feature 1980s hits such as "Holding Out for a Hero," "Almost Paradise," "Let's Hear it for the Boy" and "Footloose."
The cast of almost 40 students will feature Westport residents Ella Bloomingdale, Carolyn Cassell, Lucy de Lande Long, Emily Desser, Austen Ellis, Ginger Ellis, Jaylin Hopkins, Siri Kanter, Cassie Lang, Jamie Mann, Julia Marmelo, Annie McNeela, Ella Seo, Morgan Skinner, Tess Travers, Jennifer Westphal and Georgia Wright.
The production is directed by school co-founder Jim Schilling, with musical direction and staging by Marty Bongfeldt.
The film tells the story of Ren McCormick, a teenager raised in Chicago who moves to a small town in Oklahoma where the town government has banned dancing and rock music. Ren and his classmates, wanting a senior prom with music and dancing, work on getting around the law and the Rev. Shaw Moore, who tries to keep the town dance- and rock-free.
The stage musical adaptation, written by Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow, Walter Bobbie and Kenny Loggins, opened at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre in October 1998 and had a two-year run, according to a news release.
Tickets are $15 to $20 for adults and $12 to $15 for students, and reservations are suggested. Call the school at 203-454-3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com.