Truckee High to perform Footloose: A classic story of teen rebellion
Though they weren’t more than a glimmer in their parents’ eyes when the movie came out, students in this year’s Tahoe Truckee High School musical “Footloose” can appreciate the remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon dance flick.
“It’s something a lot of people can relate to,” said junior Koral Harris, who plays the female lead, Ariel Moore. “A lot of families that will come [to see the musical] have teenagers, so they can relate to the struggles the characters face.”
Footloose is a classic tale of teen rebellion and repression. Teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the Bible belt. There he gets a real case of culture shock. Ren can’t believe he is living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure: Ariel (Lori Singer), a troubled but lovely blonde.
The town’s conservative minister is responsible for keeping the burg dance-free, and Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is coming. Ren initiates a battle to abolish the ban on dancing and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople.
Truckee High’s musical productions have live accompaniment from members of the school band, which sits in the notoriously hot pit during the performance. Senior Alex Dita, who has sat in the pit in the past, will play the Rev. Shaw Moore in “Footloose.”
“Me and a friend made a pact not to be in the pit again,” Dita said.
Senior Cassidy Wicks, who plays Willard Hewitt, had other reasons for joining the production.
“I figured I had to do three years of football, and then I had to do three years of [the high school musical] to become normal again,” he said during a recent rehearsal.
Many of the Truckee High students hired voice coaches in preparation for their roles, and all of them have committed hours of after-school time to rehearse for the musical.
“We’re starting to see it all fall into place,” Wicks said. “It’s time to put the pedal to the metal.”
Footloose opens tonight in the Truckee High auditorium. The production runs May 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22. Curtain times are 7 p.m., except for May 16, which is a matinee and will start at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Buy tickets at the Truckee High library and Between the Notes Music in the Old Gateway center. For more information, call 582-2607.
Check it out
– Truckee High’s musical “Footloose,” with live accompaniment from members of the high school band
– May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and May 16 at 2 p.m.
– Doors open 30 minutes before
– Tickets: Truckee High library or Between the Notes music
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