Adrian’s Croswell gets ‘Footloose’Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Get ready to kick off your Sunday shoes and tap your toes all the way to Adrian because “Footloose” is coming to the Croswell.
The second annual All-Area High School Musical will feature 35 students from nine regional high schools, including Springfield and St. Francis de Sales.
The show will feature innovative scenery consisting of projections onto a frame built around the stage, said Jere Righter, artistic director at the Croswell Opera House.
“It’s a pretty amazing effect unlike anything we’ve ever done before and probably other theaters in the area have not seen something like this. I can’t think of anywhere I’ve seen where they use projections in this kind of a way,” Righter said. “Our lighting designer is a recent college grad who grew up in Bedford, spent the past summer interning in New York City and said ‘I think this would really step it up and be something really unique.’”
Similar to travel sports teams, the All-Area High School Musical brings some of the best singers, dancers and actors in the area together, where they have been rehearsing since December, Righter said. Students from almost 20 schools auditioned for the show, with auditions based solely on talent, not seniority.
“It raises the bar for the students,” Righter said. “We want this high school show to be just as good as any other show. It gives them the opportunity to step up their game.”
Righter said audiences will love the music and dancing in “Footloose.”
“It’s an audience pleaser,” Righter said. “There’s a couple of times those kids are dancing in unison and it’s amazing. They absolutely nail it. The music is so catchy and it’s a story that’s relatable — being the new kid in town, rubbing people the wrong way, helping people see things in a different way.”
The story takes place in a small Texas town where local leaders banned dancing after several kids were killed in a car accident while coming home from a school dance, Righter said. When Ren McCormack and his mother move there from Chicago, Ren makes waves by disagreeing with the ban and, when the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on him, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation.
“As the outsider he’s immediately tagged with a whole lot of labels, and he kind of pushes the community to look at the decisions they made and why they made them,” Righter said. “So it’s all of that and, stirred into that, this great rock music and this super-fun dancing.”
The musical features hit songs like “Footloose,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” “Almost Paradise” and “Let’s Hear It For The Boy.”
The show will be directed and choreographed by Erin and Michael Yuen under the musical direction of Michael Williams.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Jan. 28; 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 29; and 3 p.m. Jan. 30. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit www.croswell.org.