STEPPING UP: The new kid Ren, played by Joseph Lewis with the town folk (from left) Ben Childes, Jack Kelly, Patrick Reddy, Mackenzie Ralphs and Nicholas Marxsen. Footloose will hit the Pilbeam Theatre Stage Friday, May 26 and Saturday May 27.
STEPPING UP: The new kid Ren, played by Joseph Lewis with the town folk (from left) Ben Childes, Jack Kelly, Patrick Reddy, Mackenzie Ralphs and Nicholas Marxsen. Footloose will hit the Pilbeam Theatre Stage Friday, May 26 and Saturday May 27. Contributed.

Musical favourite hits the Rockhampton stage

ONE of the most explosively energetic movie musicals will hit the Pilbeam Theatre stage this weekend.

The Cathedral College presents Footloose, a heartfelt story celebrating the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

With more than 120 students involved in the Production director Therese Quinn said the cast and crew were excited to perform for Rockhampton audiences.

"Footloose will steal your heart with the most engaging line-up of stars and cast combined with the musical's big hits 'Footloose', 'Let's Hear it for the Boy' and 'I need a hero',” she said.

TO THE STAGE: Lucy Busby and Joe Lewis play Ariel and Ren in the up coming production of Footloose.
TO THE STAGE: Lucy Busby and Joe Lewis play Ariel and Ren in the up coming production of Footloose. Contributed.

"TCC's talented performers, dancers and musicians encourage debutantes to the stage and students more accustomed to the sports arena to create a 'feel good', uplifting show all theatre goers will enjoy,”

The story centres itself around a young boy Ren (played by Joseph Lewis), and his mother (Chynna Dedman) who move from Chicago to a farming town.

While Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school, he's not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher (Patrick Reddy).

When the reverend's rebellious daughter (Lucy Busby) falls for Ren, her roughneck boyfriend (Ewan Beattie) does everything in his power to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worse about the new kid.

BEST MATES: Joseph Lewis as Ben Childes play Ren and Willard.
BEST MATES: Joseph Lewis as Ben Childes play Ren and Willard. Contributed.

The heartfelt story that emerges is one of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

The students have been rehearsing since the start of the year after auditions were held last October.

"I'm surrounded with a great team to bring this together - the musical director is Stephanie Coughlan, the show is choreographed by Jacqui Baker and Celeste Hack and vocal coaches are Bernadette Mitchell and Celeste Hack,” she said.

Footloose will be performed Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 1.30pm and 7pm at the Pilbeam Theatre.

IF YOU GO:

What: Footloose

Where: Pilbeam Theatre

When: Friday, 7pm, Saturday, 1.30pm and 7pm.

Starring: Joseph Lewis, Lucy Busby, Patrick Reddy, Shelby Ward, Chynna Dedman and Andrew Filmer.

Cost: Adults $25, Concession and Tertiary $22, Children 2 - 18 years $10.

Tickets: available at Pilbeam Theatre office 4927 4111 or visit seeitlive.com.au



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