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Local teenagers cut ‘Footloose’ in summer theatre workshop

Local teenagers cut ‘Footloose’ in summer theatre workshop
Local teenagers cut ‘Footloose’ in summer theatre workshop | Local teenagers cut ‘Footloose’ in summer theatre workshop
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
It’s been a “Footloose” summer for about three dozen local teenagers.
After a whirlwind two-week teen workshop, a Masquerade Theatre production of “Footloose” will open Friday night for a two-weekend run at the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Union City.
The musical is the culmination of a Teen Summer Workshop for grades 7-12 that began with auditions back in May, according to Jenny Virgin, one of the directors of the show.
This marks the sixth summer of Masquerade’s summer theater workshops, which have grown from a single week-long workshop for grades K-6 into the current three separate sessions of two-week workshops broken by grade level. Each culminates in a production.
The production of “Footloose” marks the fourth teen workshop. The teens auditioned in May and were given six weeks to memorize a script. Then, they met for two weeks in early July to block, choreograph and sing the show, as well as to help with scenery, lighting, props and costumes, according to Ms. Virgin.
This production also marks the first time the summer workshops are using a live pit orchestra, featuring three of the teen workshop participants among the seven talented musicians.
“Footloose,” a lively adolescent-oriented musical, tells the story of a city kid who attempts to adapt to life in an ultra-conservative Midwestern town. Once there, he leads the town’s teens in a fight against town fathers who have outlawed rock ’n’ roll music and dancing in the aftermath of a tragic accident.
The musical was brought to the big screen as a hit movie in 1984 and was remade in 2011.
Masquerade Theatre’s teen workshop production of “Footloose” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7:30 nightly and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, as well as July 20-21 at 7:30 nightly and, finally, July 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 each and are available in advance at Lanzer Printing and Office Supply Co. on South First Street in downtown Union City.
The Masquerade teen production of “Footloose” stars Alex Pegram as city kid Ren McCormack and Shay Harris as his mother, Ethel McCormack. It casts Zach Reed as the conservative Rev. Shaw Moore, pastor of the fictional First Church of Bomont, and Macy Thompson as his wife, Vi Moore. Their daughter, teen Ariel Moore, is played by Taylor Moore. (See related photo feature, Page 9.)
The local cast also includes Lauren Rush as Lulu Warnicker; Robinson Little as Wes Warnicker; Leslie Patterson as coach Sue Dunbar; Kelsey Scarbrough as Eleanor Dunbar; Whitney Reynolds as Rusty; Allie Caldwell as Urleen; Emily Houston as Wendy Jo; Brandon Fleenor as Chuck Cranston; Dylan Moran as Lyle; Bradley Dillon as Travis; Seth Callens as the cop; Anna Oliver as Betty Blast; Cooper Gilliam as Willard Hewitt; Hunter Corley as principal Harry Clark; Joey Cochran as Jeter; Brady Craddock as Bickle; Devin Burnside as Garvin; Yvannah Garcia as Bobby Lee; Caleb Brewer as Bobby Ray; Amelia Kirby and Ann Marie Caldwell as the Bar-B-Que Band; and Jon Ryder as the worship leader.
The show’s chorus is comprised of Kendall Craig, Landry Faulkner, Ray Fleenor, Brianna Hammond, Caroline Rushing, Kait Scott, Alexis Sims and Susannah Whitesell.
The Footloose Band — also known as “Butner and the Flux Capacitors” — includes Allison Butner, Danielle Alston, David Houston, Andrew Speed and teen workshop participants Michaela Cochran, Daniel Nunnelee and Sam Moss.
The show is being directed by Ms. Virgin and Jared Hamlin, with Ms. Butner serving as music director and Hamlin in charge of choreography.
Cara Brewer and Katy Searcy are overseeing costumes, while Ms. Searcy is also assistant director and Rebekah Watford is producer. Bob Elderkin is the technical director and is overseeing lighting, sound and set design, with Ricky Hempel operating the light board.
Stage managers are Ms. Brewer, Brandon Fleenor and Little, and the entire cast and crew are also working with props and scenery. Set construction has been handled by Larry Buckles, Ralph Gilliam, Gerry Hart and Ron Bloebaum, as well as the entire cast and crew.
“Footloose” was adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, based on an original screenplay by Pitchford. It features music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Pitchford, with additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
Next in line for Masquerade Theatre is the Children’s Summer Workshop performance of Disney’s “Mulan,” set for Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 10-12.
For more information, visit the Masquerade Theatre website at www.ucmasqueradetheatre.com.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 7.11.12

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