“Now I gotta cut loose, footloose,
Kick off the Sunday shoes.
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees.
Jack, get Mack, come on before we crack.
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose.”
Many readers undoubtedly remember the above lyrics from the 1984 movie “Footloose” and the Kenny Loggins song of the same title that topped the charts for three weeks that same year.
Next Thursday (April 10) at 7 p.m., Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m., the Payson High School Music Theatre Club will present this year’s spring musical adaptation of “Footloose.” I can hardly wait.
“We wanted to do the musical ‘Footloose’ this year because it’s both the 30th anniversary of the movie debut and the 10th anniversary of our high school music theatre club performing this same show in 2004,” said musical director Thomas Walling, “and in the 10 years since we last did the musical, we’ve yet to have a higher attendance draw. This year’s ‘Footloose’ musical is really going to be something special and we’re hopeful that we’re going to top the 2004 attendance mark.”
Many of us support our high school students through our taxes and memberships in organizations that sponsor student scholarships, but I can’t think of a better way to show students we really care about them than to show up at their functions and cheer them on for the many hours they spend in their after-school activities.
“We have a cast of about 30 students and about 50 altogether, with the stage, lighting, sound and pit crews, who have all been devoting four afternoons a week to rehearsals since early January to make this the great show we know it’s going to be,” said Walling.
The storyline of “Footloose” is about a city teenager who moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.
When teenager Ren McCormack (played by Steven Martinez) and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he’s in for a real case of culture shock.
Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can’t quite believe he’s living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, he finds there is one small pleasure, Ariel Moore (played by Sarah Sprinkle), a troubled, but lovely young lady with a jealous boyfriend.
Ren must contend with Ariel’s father, a Bible-thumping minister (played by Kevin Sandell), who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. He and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner. But only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople.
“Our ‘Footloose’ musical will incorporate more than 10 song and dance numbers throughout the two-hour presentation. It’s a super-charged, high-energy production that the students are really excited to perform for the community,” said Walling. “And we have a surprise ending that we know everyone will enjoy.”
I hope you’ll join Ann and me in supporting the cast and crew of “Footloose,” by cheering them on opening night or by attending one of the other two shows that fit your schedule.
This week’s question
Following the debut of the 1984 movie “Footloose,” in addition to the song “Footloose” peaking at No. 1 on the charts, five other songs from the movie made the Billboard Top-40, including one which also went to No. 1.
Was that other No. 1 song A) “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams, B) “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins, C) “Hello” by Lionel Richie, or D) “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper?
If you’re the fifth caller with the correct answer, you’ll win two tickets to next week’s “Footloose” musical in the high school auditorium, courtesy of Thomas Walling.
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could name the artist who sang the 1979 hit “Family Tradition.”
At 13, he recorded his father’s “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” as his debut single. The record was a hit upon its early 1964 release, climbing to No. 5, but his real fame came much later, in the 1980s, when he scored No. 1 hits with “Texas Women,” “Dixie on My Mind,” and “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)”, among others.
The choices were A) Eddie Rabbitt, B) T.G. Sheppard, C) Hank Williams, Jr., and D) Razzy Bailey.
The correct answer was Hank Williams, Jr.
Each of the other three country music artists also had multiple No. 1 hits in the 1980s, with their biggest hits “Any Which Way But Loose” (Rabbitt), “Last Cheater’s Waltz” (Sheppard) and “Loving Up A Storm” (Bailey).
Congratulations to last week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Payson’s Kathy Reese.
A final note
New pictures that I’ve added to my website are from last Saturday’s Kids Fishing Festival. Over 200 children registered for the event, which saw azure-blue, clear skies, moderate temperatures and light winds. It was an ideal day for anglers of all ages to enjoy the scenic beauty of our park — and pull in a rainbow trout or two from the lake. Kudos to the Optimist Club for putting on this annual, fun event.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482, Website: www.djcraiginpayson.com