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Footloose
a Musical
CATEGORY : MUSICAL


COMPANY : The Twilight Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4109

SHOWING : September 01, 2011 - September 10, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The Twilight Theatre is proud to present the high-energy dance musical, Footloose, opening Friday night, September 2 at the beautiful Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City. The perfect way to end the summer, Footloose (directed by Tanya Gruber; assistant directors Nora Wilfong and Marissa Shenkle) features high-spirited dancing (choreographed by Brenda Hotard), costumes from the 80′s (coordinated by Leah Larson), and music you’ll want to sing along with (music directed by Alison Chambers; assistant music director, Allie Duncan).


Known for songs such as “Almost Paradise,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Footloose is a story of the American spirit. When Ren (Tyler Walls), a carefree, on top of the world teen and his mother (Andrea Caldwell) move from big town Chicago to small town Beaumont where rock music and dancing are forbidden, the culture shock is palpable. With the prom right around the corner, Ren inspires his classmates to challenge the repressive ordinance banning rock music and dancing and, more specifically, the Bible-thumping preacher (Gary Morgan) charged with its moral enforcement. The ensuing struggle is not without friction, laughter, and tender moments, and in the end, we see that it’s more than just the teens who are liberated from long-standing repression. “This show, this cast, this crew, and this story – they’re all totally awesome,” says Director Tanya Gruber in her best 80′s lingo.


Performances are at 8 p.m. (gates open at 7:40 p.m.) on Friday nights, 9/2 and 9/9 and Saturday nights 9/3 and 9/10. Tickets are available at the Amphitheater Box office or online atwww.amphitheater.org. Gold Table (seats 6): $120; General Admission: $17, adults and $15 students/seniors/military. For more information, email Footloose@TheTwilightTheatre.com.


CAST & CREW LIST
Willard William Brady Stonica
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REVIEWS

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Great show!
by Durnesque
Monday, September 5, 2011
4.5
I attended this Saturday's performance of "Footloose" and was really pleased with what directer Tanya Gruber has put together. This show was Ms. Gruber's first for The Twilight Theatre and I certainly hope she'll do more in the future!

Simple staging allowed plenty of room for the high energy dance numbers. The ensemble as a whole was very strong vocally, though they seemed to some times have a bit of trouble syncing singing with dancing.

The leads and featured roles of Ren, Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo, and Urleen were FANTASTIC. Their vocals really blew me away. Ren's dancing was suburb as well. The only thing really lacking among this group was costuming. It would have served Ms. Duncan (Ariel) more to have gone for big 80's hair rather than the ponytail she kept adjusting on stage.

Willard was also a stand-out role. His adlibs and asides brought even more humor to the show.

An all around good time and definitely one of the best shows Twilight has done this year. The show will be returning this Friday and Saturday so cut loose and head over to "Footloose!" [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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