Footloose

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present Footloose the Musical in the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center Little Theater on August 7-9 and 14-16, 2020.

A stage adaptation of the original Dean Pitchford 1984 screenplay that starred Kevin Bacon, Footloose jams to the rockin' rhythms of its Oscar-nominated top 50 score to which new and dynamic songs have been added. The original screenplay had music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. The stage adaptation by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie has additional music by Eric Carman, Sammy Haggar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. The score contains Footloose, The Girl Gets Around, Somebody's Eyes, I Can't Stand Still, Holding Out for a Hero, I'm Free, Let's Hear It For the Boy, Mamma Says and Almost Paradise.

Footloose tells the story of a teenager's adventure in a new town. Ren McCormick and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town and realize it's quite different than the city life that they are used to. The town has banned dancing. With the help of his new found friends, Ariel and Willard, Ren convinces the Reverend and town to let kids dance. Through doing so, Ren reveals some of the town's unhealed wounds which helps everyone have understanding and acceptance of who they are. This show is full of dancing, singing and laughing and is fun for all ages.

AUDITIONS

Singing: Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. (prepare music; bring copy for accompanist)

Dancing: Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. (dress for dance; combinations will be taught; be prompt!)

Reading: Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. (scripts will be provided)

*All auditions held at the Light Opera Guild Theatre*

DIRECTION

Director/Choreographer

Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director/Conductor

John Marshall

Accompanist

John Patrick

AVAILABLE ROLES (Ages 15-Adult)

Ren McCormick - tenor; fun, quick-witted, outgoing, energetic; has a crush on Ariel; must dance

Reverend Shaw Moore - baritone; religious leader who imposed the ban on dancing

Vi Moore - mezzo; Reverend's wife and Ariel's mother

Ariel Moore - mezzo belt; rebellious daughter of Reverend; strong-willed; must dance

Willard Hewitt - tenor; country boy; loves his mama; Ren's friend; comedic; sings and dances

Ethel McCormick - mezzo; Ren's mother; strong-willed and outspoken single parent

Rusty - soprano; Ariel's friend; comedic; sings and dances

Chuck Cranston - tenor; Ariel's motorcycle-riding boyfriend; doesn't like Ren; local "bad boy"

Wendy Jo - mezzo; one of Ariel's friends

Urleen - soprano; one of Ariel's friends; smart one of the group

Lyle - tenor; one of Chuck's friends

Travis - tenor; one of Chuck's friends

Bickle and Jeter - tenors; two of Willard's friends

Garvin - baritone; one of Willard's friends

Lulu Warnicker - speaking role; Ren's Aunt who is married to Wes

Wes Warnicker - speaking role; Ren's Uncle

Roger Dunbar - speaking role; coach of local high school - Bomont

Eleanor Dunbar - speaking role; wife of the coach

Principal Harry Clark - speaking role; principal of Bomont High School

Betty Blast - speaking role; worker at local diner; comedic character; roller skates

Cowboy Bob - speaking role; wears cowboy attire and considers himself the only 'real man' in the room

Cop/Country Fiddler - speaking role; town's cop

Irene and her Country Kickers - featured mezzo lead of band

SINGERS & DANCERS - portray high school age students; adult townsfolk

*Note: Those cast in adult speaking roles may double as singing townsfolk*