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‘Footloose the Musical’ comes to South Shore

Provided to the TribunePerformers rehearse for tonight's opening performance of "Footloose the Musical." From left is Ethan Niven, Marcelino Parra, Dillon Daggs and Randy Daggs. Elliott Smart is on the bench.

It is back to the 80s as a popular movie musicals hits the South Shore. Lake Tahoe Community College will present the Tony award winning musical “Footloose” opening today in the Duke Theater for a seven-show run,

Directed and choreographed by LTCC instructors Susan Boulanger, Mark Williams and Kelly Alvarez, “Footloose the Musical” contains large production dance numbers.

“We have a large cast with 27 people on stage,” Boulanger said. “It is interesting to see various experience levels on stage and bring them into what a quality production really is.

“When people think of ‘Footloose,’ they think of dancing, the tunes and Kevin Bacon’s performance,” Boulanger added. “But it is not only your typical musical comedy, there is depth to it.”

In the story, Chicago native Ren McCormack moves to the small town of Bowmont and comes into conflict with the town’s minister, Rev. Shaw Moore. Under the reverend’s leadership, the small town has banned dancing.

“There is the theme of trying to belong and embracing life,” Boulanger said, referencing Ren’s story.

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Their conflict escalates when Ren falls for Ariel, Rev. Moore’s daughter.

For Ren, dancing is a way to deal with his father’s desertion. For Rev. Moore, dancing is a reminder of a very personal loss.

“This is what makes ‘Footloose’ the must-see production,” Boulanger said. “You’ve got comedy, the thrilling music, the dynamic choreography and the drama, you’ve got everything.”

Rhonda Keen, who plays Ariel in the musical, said the characters and plot line are timeless.

“The show really celebrates freedom,” Keen said. “The rock and roll soundtrack supports that message beautifully and is so much fun to perform.”

The Oscar- and Tony-nominated Top 40 score includes “Holding out for a Hero,” “Almost Paradise,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” and of course “Footloose” along with some new songs.

Performances start at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and continue June 17, 18 and 19. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and June 20.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 for seniors and students with a current LTCC student body card.

There will be a special benefit performance June 18. The fundraiser will support the purchase of a grand piano for the music department. Tickets for the benefit are $20 per person and include food and beverages before at 7:30 p.m. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

For information, call the Theatre Arts Box Office at (530) 541-4660, ext. 207.

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