2009-01-22 / Entertainment

MHS/MMS To Present "Footloose"

Forty cast and crew members ill b ring the exciting musical "Footloose" to life on april 16, 17 and 18, at McConnellsburg High School auditorium.

Footloose is a touching story of tow families coming to terms with a loss. A free-spirited young man, Ren McCormack (Cole Johnston) has to leave Chicago. He tells his friends that his dad has walked out, so he nd his mother, Ethel (A'Leese Dickerson) are moving to a small midwestern town where they have to move in with Aunt Lulu (Rachel Porterfield) and her husband Wes (Steven Wible). Ren and Ethel are introduced to the members of the community and get heir first glimpse of Rev. Shaw Moore (Trent Sowers), his wife Vi (Nicole Price), gym teacher Roger Dunbar (Darren Hoffman) and his wife Eleanor (Emily Deshong). Though he tries hard to fit in, Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where popular music and dancing are banned.

Things get more interesting when he meets the minister's daughter Ariel (Chelsea Chesnut), her best friend Rusty (Brittany Ott), the girls: Urleen (Courtney McClure), Wendy Jo (Emily Watkins) and Kim (Gabrielle McGarvey).

Ariel's boyfriend, Chuck Cranston (Eric Edmonds) is a bad guy and School dropout. Ariel is rebelling to get attention, trying to forget about the fact that she is actually a "good girl" and the minister's daughter.

Ren meets up with Willard (Troy Yaukey), a gentle soul with quick fists, at school and shows him some dance moves but get in trouble by the school principal (Michelle Baker). He gets his first warning - Bomont outlawed dancing. Ren becomes friends with Jeter (David Mellott), Bickle (Jordan Bolinger) and Garvin (Ashton Doyle) who help him in his plot to get dancing back in town. Chuck's buddies are portrayed by Lyle (Nick McClure) and Travis (Cody Trail). The towns people and high schools students include the cop (Kelli Cordell), Betty Blast (Jessica Reimold), owner of the Burger Blast, Cowgirl Bobbi (Dakota Deneen), DeAnne Dickerson, Jessica DeShong, Melissa Deshong, Marleigh Jennings, Shelby Long, Katelynn Mellott, Leah Mellott, Kelsey Ramsey, Kayla Reimold, Emily Wenschhof, Sara beth Winegardner and Grace Youngblood.

Footloose songs include some favorites from the 80s: "Footloose, "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "Almost Paradise," and "Let Make Believe We're In Love."

Mark calendars for April 16, 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. To support this musical donations can be made to MHS, c/o Cindy Fraker, 151 East Cherry St., Mc- Connellsburg, PA 17233.

This project was supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts. The PA Partners in the Arts (PPA) is an initiative between local arts organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding for the arts comes through an annual appropriation by PA's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.

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