NPHS Drama Club presents Footloose the Musical March 23-25

Winford Hunter
Still left to ideal: Lindsey Clinton as Rusty, Ryan Hyland as Ren, Jenna Triguero as Ariel and Willa Voorhis as Betty Blast. (Photograph by Lauren Thomas)

It’s tough to imagine that the primary motion picture Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, will be 40 decades aged future calendar year, and maybe even far more tricky to grasp that the phase musical variation experienced its Broadway premiere a quarter-century in the past. (Pleasurable actuality: New Paltz-centered actor/playwright Adam LeFevre debuted the stage purpose of Uncle Wes in that 1998 manufacturing.) There’s something about this tale of youngsters forbidden to dance by an uptight place preacher that retains resonating with young persons, technology just after era. And with its references to e-book-burning, the relevance of the narrative sadly in no way appears to be to fade absent into quaint bygone Americana.

“There’s some true meat to it,” suggests Nancy Owen, director of the Drama Club at New Paltz Significant Faculty, who will revive Footloose the Musical from March 23 to 25. This is the to start with time given that Newsies in 2019 that the spring musical at NPHS will be capable to carry on usually: The Secret Backyard was canceled with the onset of COVID in 2020 the 2021 manufacturing of Into the Woods was carried out in masks and expected gamers to kiss through a sheet of plexiglass and toss a doll representing a are living newborn around. Last spring’s The Theory of Relativity, nevertheless barrier-free, was a loosely aggregated series of two-character scenes and music.

Unnecessary to say, the college student actors, singers and dancers are thrilled that they’ll finally be capable to place on a entire-scale musical yet again, and Owen has excellent self esteem in her cast of 38 gamers. “The young children are extremely mindful of how fantastic it feels to be accomplishing a standard exhibit and not don masks,” she says. “This solid, they’re all seriously talented and hardworking. It’s a devoted group… We do have some actually fantastic dancers!”

Which is an critical variable in placing on a participate in whose entire plot revolves about what comes about when the pure exuberance of youngsters is repressed, along with conversation involving generations. There are 18 music in Footloose the Musical, typically with songs by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, who wrote the phase adaptation (with Walter Bobbie) of his individual screenplay for the 1984 motion picture. Further music had been contributed by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Jim Steinman and of class Kenny Loggins, who wrote the irresistible title quantity. And exhibit-halting dance figures are the heart and soul of this enjoy.

For this manufacturing, Ryan Hyland plays the protagonist Ren McCormack, a big-metropolis boy who has relocated to a backwater city with his mother immediately after his father abandoned them. Jenna Triguero performs Ariel Moore, the rebellious daughter of Reverend Moore, who is portrayed by Nicholas Kutzin. Marla May well Feeney plays the minister’s wife Vi Moore. J. P. Fabella portrays Ren’s sidekick Willard and Lindsey Clinton is Ariel’s very best good friend Rusty.

The choreography for this creation is a collaborative hard work of Kate Weston and Caleb Sheedy, a NPHS Drama Club veteran who not too long ago acquired a theater degree from Syracuse University. Nicole Foti is the musical director. Katelyn Coffey is in charge of costumes and Nancy Owen directs.

Footloose the Musical will be done in the Otto Grassel Auditorium at New Paltz Superior University at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 23 to 25, additionally a 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday. Tickets charge $15 for grown ups, $10 for students and seniors and can be reserved on the net at NPHS is situated at 130 South Putt Corners Road. For additional details, pay a visit to