Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society are currently in final rehearsals for the smash hit musical, Footloose! Based on the 1989 movie starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer, this high energy show will be sure to get feet tapping and hips wiggling. Footloose is a musical of layers, with a wonderful combination of catchy dance tunes, beautiful ballads and a deep and meaningful storyline sure to resonate with every audience member. When Ren (Morgan Flynn) and his mother (Christa Radley) move from Chicago to the small country town of Bomont, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school.
What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local laws, including a ban on dancing instituted by a local preacher determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter, Ariel, sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend Chuck becomes determined to keep them apart at any cost. Many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid as he tries to bring some light-hearted fun back into Bomont.
The heartfelt story that emerges is one of a father longing for the son he lost and a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. Footloose will be showing at the Little Theatre on Bogan Street throughout May and June. Tickets are available from Parkes Stationery and Office Furniture or online at the Parkes M & D website. So in the words of Kenny Loggins, ‘kick off your Sunday shoes… everybody cut Footloose!’