Footloose selected as fall musical

THE NEWMAN THEATER department selected Footloose as the fall musical, with its opening night November 16. Ariana Esparza, A&E Editor

A stage adaptation of a 1984 movie about a big city kid who brings dancing back to a backward small town will be staged at Newman this fall.

A musical version of “Footloose” will be presented by the Newman Theatre Department and directed by Newman’s Deanne Zogleman.

“Obviously with the directing you take on the entire show but if you have good people…It all comes together,” Zogleman said.

So far, Zogleman has been a good director, too, said sophomore Kristen Sanders. 

Sanders has done sound design for Zogleman’s spring choir shows. She said “those shows are a show and a half.” Sanders is switching roles for this show and will be on stage playing Vi Moore. 

Corby Redington is playing Ren McCormack, the character who brings back dancing. Redington said he has had no formal dance experience.

“Deanne is a great choreographer and I’ve already had one spring show with her so I’m not worried at all.” he said. “I know I’m going to get to where I need to be by November.”

Zogleman said she worked hard to get “Footloose” to Newman.

“We looked for high energy, fun, something that the students would love,” she said. 

Paul Graves, music director for the show, worked alongside Zogleman to secure the rights to “Footloose.” 

“He is one of my dear friends and has played for the shows in the past,” Zogleman said of Graves. “He and I have worked together on all sorts of projects.”

Auditions for “Footloose” wrapped up two weeks ago. 

While the cast is just in the beginning phases of working on the show, Zogleman said she has a clear idea of what to expect. 

“We are in music rehearsals right now. And just to hear them – they sound amazing and the energy was there from the first rehearsal, which is great for us. “ Zogleman said. 

Footloose runs November 16-19.

Zogleman said those who come watch the show will likely leave feeling inspired to do two things.

“They’ll want to download the soundtrack on iTunes or go dancing,” she said.

This story first appeared in the September 28, 2017 issue of The Vantage.

The 21-member cast takes the stage in November