WHEN: Friday, July 27th, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 pm
WHERE: Ridgewood Avenue School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
TICKETS: $10.00/adult and $5.00/student
Tickets are available at https://gas-lamp-players.ticketleap.com/footloose-the-musical/
Thirty-seven young actors from Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley, Rutherford, Verona, as well as Arizona and New York, grades 7-12, will take the stage to tell the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago, who moves with his mother to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.
“This musical boasts an Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score,” says Kristy Graves, Director of Footloose and artistic director of Gas Lamp Players, “But our audiences will also love the heartfelt story that emerges, of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.”
“Footloose is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford, with additional music and songs. It is a fun, pop musical, appropriate for most audiences,” adds Meredith Eaton, Executive Producer of the show. “A throwback to teen romance, angst and the need to dance, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.”
Gas Lamp Teen Camp is an educational three-week performing arts workshop that offers acting, singing and dancing classes along with rehearsals and performances of a musical production with production-value costumes, props and sets.
Gas Lamp Players is a non-profit community theatre whose mission is to cultivate creativity, confidence, compassion and community through the performing arts. For more information, visit: www.gaslampplayers.org