Theatre Students Stage Rollicking Musical

Young thespians bring back ‘Footloose’ for 10th anniversary

The Payson High School Music Theatre Club will present “Footloose” at the high school auditorium. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Thursday, April 10; 4 p.m., Friday, April 11 and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12.

The Payson High School Music Theatre Club will present “Footloose” at the high school auditorium. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Thursday, April 10; 4 p.m., Friday, April 11 and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Photo by DJ Craig.

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The musical “Footloose” will rollick onto the Payson High School stage next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Payson High School Music and Theatre Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the popular show, said musical director Thomas Walling. The club last performed the 30-year-old musical in 2004.

The high school drama program survives on ticket sales and donations, with no money coming from the school district beyond the use of the auditorium.

“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.

“Footloose” revolves around the effort of a big-city teenager to adjust to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.

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. But he soon discovers 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, dance-hating minister (played by Kevin Sandell). He and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance with the senior prom just around the corner. But only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle.

The 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.”

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