BACKSTAGE PERFORMING ARTS proudly presents Getting to Know… FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL

Stage Adaptation by DEAN PITCHFORD and WALTER BOBBIE

Based on the original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford

 

Music by DEAN PITCHFORD

Lyrics by TOM SNOW

Additional Music by ERIC CARMEN, SAMMY HAGAR, KENNY LOGGINS and JIM STEINMAN

Getting to Know...FOOTLOOSE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.  www.concordtheatricals.com

 

ANY VIDEO RECORDING MADE OF THIS PERFORMANCE IS AUTHORIZED FOR PERSONAL, AT-HOME, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. 

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SONG LIST

Footloose / On Any Sunday

I Can't Stand Still

Somebody's Eyes

Holding Out For A Hero

Somebody's Eyes (Reprise)

Heaven Help Me

I'm Free/ Heaven Help Me

INTERMISSION 

Still Rockin'

Let's Hear It For the Boy

Can You Find It In Your Heart?

Mama Says

Almost Paradise

Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Reprise)

Footloose (Finale)

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

DIRECTOR....................................Kyle Lawrence

CHOREOGRAPHER.....................Kayeli Hathaway

MUSIC DIRECTOR.......................Caleb Saunders

STAGE MANAGER.......................Kenzie Dawn

LIGHTING DESIGNER.................Nathan Hadley

COSTUME DESIGN.....................Shelby Hovley

SET DESIGNER...........................Sarah Hainsworth

SCENIC ARTIST..........................Courtney Christison

SCENIC ARTIST ASSISTANT.....Tammy Coleman

PROP DESIGNER........................Landry Thomas

SOUND DESIGNER.....................Kyle Lawrence

SOUND OPERATOR....................Matt Stokes

MEDIA..........................................Ken Hovley

SPOT OPERATOR.......................Aiden Stokes

STAGE CREW..............................Kora Stokes

STAGE CREW..............................Lily Hatch

Videography & Photography provided by

DIRECTOR'S NOTE- Kyle Lawrence

“Aren’t we the song that we sing? Don’t we lift our voices to tell the world who we are? And what we believe? So I ask you... what song are you singing?”

 

We, as humans, share the need to express ourselves. Every day we make choices in our appearance, in our words, and in our actions of how we perceive ourselves and how we wish to be perceived by others. This offers us a release in sharing our feelings, our desires, and our struggles. 

 

Dancing has always had a history with human culture and expression. We dance to pray. We dance to socialize. We dance to tell stories. We dance because there are feelings and thoughts within us that are so strong that we have no other choice but to release them into movement beyond our routine. 

 

When our ability to safely and freely express our inner selves is limited, whether by our own insecurities or physical limitations, or by an outside force, it can be immensely isolating. There is a feeling of loss as you can be stripped of knowing who you are and why you’re here. 

 

In the community of Bomont, where Footloose takes place, dancing is a crime.  To us here today performing and watching a musical, this may sound absurd- But this premise has real life inspiration. Dean Pitchford based his original screenplay on the town of Elmore City, Oklahoma where a ban on all dancing was in place since its founding in 1898, until 1980 when the junior class of Elmore’s high school petitioned to finally have a prom.

 

The original 1984 film and its musical adaptation explores a community where an expression so intrinsic to our human nature is made criminal. What could steer the town's leaders to justify and create such laws? How does this affect the people of the town and their relationships with one another? And what happens when an outsider comes and decides to disrupt this community’s norm? 

 

Rehearsing this show in 2020, as we navigate our own new social limitations both as a community and within the rehearsal room, I feel that this cast has collectively undergone an unexpected insight into the social restrictions the characters within this play experience. In the name of public health, we’ve been doing things differently than we used to. 

 

When I feel frustrated with it all, I remind myself of the beginning months of the pandemic and how much I yearned to be doing a play again and expressing myself through the performing arts. I am amazed by this cast's dedication and willingness to create theatre, even as it currently means sweating and singing in face masks. It is not the ideal, but for now it will do.  Someday we won’t be wearing them everywhere. Someday we will have this theatre filled to capacity again. But today, I thank you for helping to keep the arts alive, and for your patience in keeping it safe. Thank you for sharing in our expression. 

 

“There is a time for everything... a time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn. And a time to dance.” 

CAST

 

REN MCCORMACK……………………………….……..…........................................................…Beau Barrett

ETHEL MCCORMACK…….…………….………………….………………….….………..……Sophia Otteson

WILLARD HEWITT……………..……………….………………….……………..…….…….....…Gabriel Barrett

RUSTY……………..……………………………….………………….………………………….…..Aubrey Taylor

REVEREND SHAW MOORE………………………...................…………….…………………....…Jaxon Hinds

VI MOORE…………………………….…...……....…….…………….………………...….………Brianna Hilton

ARIEL MOORE………………………………….………………….……………………………........Belle Tobler

CHUCK CRANSTON..……………….………………….…....………….…………………………...…John Nys

URLEEN…………………………………………………..……………….………………….………….Mary Treu

WENDY JO…………….………………….………………………………………………………....…Katri Redd

LYLE/GARVIN/CHOIR………...……..…………...…………….………………….…………………...Elijah Nys

JETER………….……………………………………….………………….……………………….....Abbie Stokes

LULU/COWGIRL BONNIE/CHOIR…………………….………………….....…...…………....…....Olivia Taylor

WES.………………..……….………………….………………….…………………………….………….Ian Bell

ELEANOR…………………….………………….………………………………………...Aymara Cluff-Bendãna

PATTY…………….………………….………………….……………………………………………..Lindy Hogan

STEVIE…………….………………….………………….…………………………………………..Isabella Stuart

BELLE……………………….………………….……………………………………………..…..Kambria Cundick

PRINCIPAL CLARK / CHOIR……..…………….………………….….…………..………..…...Libby Anderson

COP/COWGIRL JUDE/CHOIR……………………..…………….………………….....…………..Marissa Sifre

BETTY BLAST / COACH DUNBAR / FEATURED DANCER…...…………….………………...…Mariah Miller

TRAVIS/DANI/CHOIR / COWBOY BOB.……………..……………….………………….……....Ethan Bybee

BICKLE/MARTY/ FEATURED DANCER…………………………….…………………...………Rachel Thacker

LINDSAY/COWGIRL CHET/FEATURED DANCER…………………….…………………..….....Lena Thurber

FEATURED DANCER……………………...……………….………………….……………....…Harmony Stuart

FEATURED DANCER…………….……………………….………………….…..………....Kaylee Poffenberger

BEAU BARRETT

Ren McCormack

Beau is thrilled to be playing the role of Ren McCormack and can't wait to share with you what he loves doing. Beau also loves Chemistry, video games and anything nerdy! You may have recently seen him as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man (OPPA) Be sure to see him this spring as Jack Kelly in Newsies, and as Javert in Les Miserables at Layton High School! “I also would like to personally thank my Grandmother who was always so supportive and always my biggest fan. Thanks for coming and keeping live theatre alive!”

SOPHIA OTTESON

Ethel McCormack

Sophia likes to entertain the idea of becoming a comedian, but it’s hard to make it far in the industry when you have a sense of humor that only a mother or a seminary teacher could enjoy! Only time will tell...  Previous shows include; James and the Giant Peach, All Shook Up, Oklahoma!, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, Charlotte’s Web, Shrek the Musical, Aida, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

GABRIEL BARRETT

Willard Hewitt

Gabriel has been doing theatre for 4 years! He started when he was in 6th grade in his 1st show, “Sleeping Beauty” playing Prince Phillip. Gabriel also loves to dance and does ballet at Clytie Adams School of Ballet. He is currently in Frozen (OPPA) playing the role of Kristoff, and in High School Musical playing the role of Troy Bolton. His favorite role he has played has been Schroeder in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown which was recently cancelled due to COVID-19.

AUBREY TAYLOR

Rusty

Aubrey was last seen at Backstage as Amneris in AIDA, Eponine in Les Miserables and Wednesday in The Addams Family.   Last winter she performed as Asaka in Once on this Island (CPT).   Aubrey has been studying voice and dance for 2 years.  Dream roles include Elphaba in Wicked and Ursula in The Little Mermaid. In Aubrey’s free time she likes to watch scary movies and play Donkey Kong Country returns.  Her next role will be Mitch Mahoney in Farmington High Schools Production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

JAXON HINDS

Reverend Shaw Moore

Footloose is Jaxon’s third play at Backstage. Some of Jaxon’s favorite roles he has played are Radames in Aida (BPA),  Atlas in Mythos (WXHS), and Coufeyrac in Les Miserables(BPA). He enjoys making music with his band “Amateur Hour”, cooking apple pie, spending time with his friends, fireworks on the Fourth of July, and long walks on the beach. He is a vinyl record enthusiast, and has too many band t-shirts to count. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support, and everyone who came to see the show!

BRIANNA HILTON

Vi Moore

Brianna has previously performed at Backstage Performing Arts as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, a featured dancer in Aida, and Cosette in Les Miserables. When she’s not at rehearsal or in the dance studio, she’s reading, baking, or watching Star Wars! “Shoutout to my amazing family and friends who came to the show!”

BELLE TOBLER

Ariel Moore

This is Belle’s first show at Backstage. She also has recently been seen in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Potipher’s Wife, and Johanna in Sweeney Todd at FHS. Belle has always had a love for the arts and music. Theater is her way of combining all of her different skill sets from singing, dancing, and acting. Sometimes even a bit of clogging if you’re lucky enough to see it. Much love to her family and friends for always putting up with her love of theater and loads of singing.

JOHN NYS

Chuck Cranston 

John was recently seen as Donkey in Shrek the Musical at Backstage Performing Arts.  He has performed as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and Laverle Norman in Utahoma.  Other shows include Mary Poppins, Les Misérables and Jungle Book.  His favorite TV Shows are Stranger Things and The Office. He loves math, camping and Cross-Country running.  Enjoy the show!

MARY TREU

Urleen

Mary lives for the stage!  Her recent performances include a Nubian/Palace Dancer in AIDA, and Pinnochio in Shrek the Musical.  She is so excited to play the part of Urleen in Footloose, and loves working with the amazing BPA cast and directors.  When she's not on the stage, she loves art and drawing, dancing, or a good game of Nertz or Clue.  She also loves steak...a lot.  “Shoutout to my family!”

KATRI REDD

Wendy Jo

Katri has been doing theatre for many years, and has been involved in various performances.  Some of her favorite roles include: young Violet in It’s a Wonderful Life, Annie in Annie, Lina Lamont in Singing in the Rain Jr, and The Baroness in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. This is her first show at Backstage and she is so excited to be working with such a talent cast and production team!

ELIJAH NYS

Lyle / Garvin / Choir

This will be Elijah’s 7th play. He performed in his first play in 3rd grade as Donkey in Shrek the Musical.  Since then he has been Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Kristoff in Frozen and Genie in Aladdin. In his free time you can find him playing football or reading sci-fi books. Elijah’s favorite part of theater is singing and making lifelong friends.

ABBIE STOKES

Jeter

Abbie has been in several shows at BPA, some of her favorites include The Addams Family, Les Miserables, Aida, and Shrek. Abbie is currently in Wizard of Oz (LPA) as part of the tech crew and is excited to be performing on stage again in Footloose! She has taken silks at Backstage Performing Arts for two and a half years. She has two cats and a dog, all of their names start with the letter L. Abbie is an avid reader and when she is not reading you can find her watching Once Upon a Time with her sister or doing tricks on aerial silks.

LENA THURBER

Lindsay / Cowgirl Chet / Featured Dancer

Lena is so excited to be participating in the Backstage production of Footloose! She was last seen on the BPA stage as Teen Fiona, one of the Three Pigs, and others in Shrek the Musical Jr.  She has also been seen in Les Miserables and The Addams Family. Lena is fluent in Spanish and loves to dance.  She fills what would be her free time by playing clarinet with the undefeated 5A State Champion FHS Marching Band. Lena is proud to be a part of this production!

HARMONY STUART

Featured Dancer

Harmony is extremely grateful to be a part of Backstage Performing Arts this season!  Harmony is originally from Montana, where she is the youngest of nine children. She attends Ben Steele Middle School via distance learning. Harmony is currently living with her sister and family here in Utah.  Harmony is taking voice lessons at BPA and lives for Aerial Silks! Enjoy the show!

KAYLEE POFFENBERGER

Featured Dancer

Kaylee was last seen at BPA in Alice in Wonderland as the Caterpillar.  Some musicals include: Neleus in Mary Poppins (BPA), Alice in Alice in Wonderland (LPA), and her favorite part she played was Clara in Jungle Jam(BPA). Her favorite part of musical theater is performing and the amazing costumes. Her favorite T.V show is Flash.

MARIAH MILLER

Betty Blast / Coach Dunbar / Featured Dancer

Mariah is excited to be a part of her first Backstage production of Footloose. Mariah is proud to refer to herself as a geek, theater, academic, and D&D, but finds escape in the theater. Throughout her acting career, some of her favorite parts were The Narrator performed with Herilder’s Children’s Choir and Aunt Sponge in James and the Giant Peach (CPTA), Once on This Island Jr. and The Little Mermaid Jr.  (CPT). Mariah thanks her parents, directors, teachers, and instructors, that have been a part of her theater experience, helping her grow in her skills and confidence on the stage.

RACHEL THACKER

Marty / Bickle / Featured Dancer

Rachel is very excited to be joining BPA for Footloose.  This is a perfect fit for her because she loves singing, acting, dancing, and showing off her amazing flexibility!  Rachel has performed as the Conductor in Blaze the Way and the Narrator in Twelfth Night.  She also enjoys playing the violin in the Junior High Orchestra, cheerleading, gymnastics, and especially, tumbling.  Some of her favorite plays include Seussical, Newsies, and The Lion King.  “Thanks to everyone for supporting me!  XOXO”

OLIVIA TAYLOR 

Lulu / Choir / Cowgirl Bonnie

Recently seen as Gingy in Shrek the Musical at BPA, Olivia, lives for the stage!  Other show experiences include: Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, Nehebka in AIDA and her all time favorite role played ever, Grandmama in The Addams Family. Olivia loved the part of grandma because it brings out her true granny personality. Olivia's favorite part of theater is the costumes, and the day we receive scripts! Enjoy the show!

IAN BELL

Wes

Ian’s passion for theatre began when he did an opera in Kindergarten, recently seen on the BPA stage as Papa Bear in the Shrek the Musical and Pharaoh in AIDA, he is so excited to be a part of FOOTLOOSE!  His favorite classes in school are Productions 1, Computer Science, and History.  He has been studying martial arts and editing for many years.

LIBBY ANDERSON

Principal Clark 

This is Libby’s first show at Backstage. She previously performed in Seussical Jr, James and the Giant Peach, Once on This Island, and The Addams Family.  She loves acting and especially dancing.  Libby enjoys long sunset walks, homemade ice cream, and golfing with her grandpa. She would like to thank her family for their loving support.  Enjoy the show!

MARISSA SIFRE

Cop / Cowgirl Jude / Choir

Marissa is so excited to be in this amazing musical and work with it’s incredible team and its directors.  Some of her previous roles have been Aida in Tim Rice and Elton John’s AIDA, Signor Pirilli in Sweeney Todd, The Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz.  On summer nights, you can find her jamming out to Hozier or eating s’mores.  Shoutout to my mother and to Danny Devito.

ETHAN BYBEE

Travis / Dani / Choir / Cowboy Bob

Ethan is making his Backstage Performing Arts debut with this show! His favorite roles include an orphan in Oliver! and Jack in Into the Woods. Ethan loves theater and is so excited to be performing here at BPA. Ethan plays piano and Ukulele and enjoys spending time with friends and family. He really loves being able to portray different characters on stage. Special thanks to the many friends who encouraged and supported him! Enjoy the show!!

AYMARA CLUFF-BENDANA

Travis / Dani / Choir / Cowboy Bob

Aymara is happy to be performing again following her brief and forced retirement because of COVID-19. Her family is equally excited to see her back on stage to share her talents with others instead of with them.  Her recent credits include Ms. Darbus in High School Musical and the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz. She enjoys ballroom, sleeping in, and spending hours on her hair.

KAMBRIA CUNDICK

Belle

This is Kambria's 4th show at BPA, she was last seen in Shrek the Musical as Captain of the Guards (favorite role), Pied Piper, and a Duloc!  She also has performed in AIDA and Mary Poppins(favorite show) at Backstage.  Having grown up in a house full of boys means she can throw a sweet punch and she learned how to stand up for herself.  She grew up on the baseball field watching her brothers and played herself for 3 years, she loves to sit down and watch a good baseball game!  Her team is the Kansas City Royals and the Cardinals.  She loves to write short stories and loves to read a good romance book. She is grateful to work with this amazing cast!

LINDY HOGAN

Patty

Lindy has enjoyed performing since Kindergarten when she was a pumpkin in her school´s production of Cinderella (MCT).  She also performed in Secret Garden, Rapunzel, Pied Piper of Hamelin and Shakespeare´s Loves Labours Lost.  Her first role at Backstage was Little Bo Peep in Shrek the Musical and she is excited to be back!  Lindy loves dancing, singing, reading, and hanging out with friends.  Lindy´s favorite quote is ¨Life is not a dress rehearsal, so get out there and give it your best shot.¨  Hope you enjoy the show!

ISABELLA STUART

Stevie

This is Isabella's first show at Backstage. She is in her Freshman year in school.  Previous shows include: Gulliver's Travels, Madeline and the Gypsies, and Treasure Island.  Her favorite things to do are sing and dance. She is passionately sarcastic.  Figuring out what to do with her life has been hard for her. However, she does want to become a famous actress someday.

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