WSCC presents “Footloose” at Center Stage Theater

The West Shore Community College performing arts series presents the musical "Footloose" opening March 2 at center Stage Theatre.

The West Shore Community College performing arts series presents the musical "Footloose" opening March 2 at center Stage Theatre.

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SCOTTVILLE — The West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series presents the beloved ‘80s favorite “Footloose” directed by Michelle Kiessel, at Center State Theater opening March 2. 

Matinee performances are at 2 p.m., March 5, 11, and 12.  Night performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 2-4 and 9-11. The performances are recommended for ages 13 and up.

“It is with great excitement that we are back in full swing presenting this hit musical,” said Ted Malt, director of the Performing Arts Series and professor of music studies.  “Little did we know that our last matinee of ‘Mamma Mia’ in March of 2020 would be the last time a musical would be presented on our stage due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Our upcoming production of ‘Footloose’ is our celebratory return!”  

The “Footloose” Oscar- and Tony-nominated Top Forty score has stood the test of time.  When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.
The college has a resident accompanist from Grand Rapids, Dutcher Snedeker, rehearsing with the cast daily along with a list of accomplished actors, musicians, set and lighting designers, a choreographer, and many others working behind the scenes to bring this high-level production to our region. 

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“It is rare that a musical based on a movie with wildly popular radio songs like ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy,’ ‘Holding Out for a Hero,’ and ‘Footloose’ also brings a story that is so relatable and deep, but that is what makes Footloose the Musical so special,” stated Kiessel.  “It is our hope that audience members will be able to see themselves in the characters and leave singing and dancing down the aisles of the theater.”