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Cut 'Footloose' at the Strand Theatre

Footloose the Musical is coming to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre Aug. 16 through 25.

Footloose the Musical is coming to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre Aug. 16 through 25.

One of America’s best loved movies has become one of Broadway’s best loved musical experiences. Prepare to kick off your Sunday shoes as Marietta cuts footloose to the amazing music, dynamic characters, and tremendous story of youth, idealism and reconciliation.

“We’re thrilled to be able to present this tour de force musical,” Executive Director Earl Reece said. “Footloose is a 1998 musical based on the 1984 film of the same name. When we surveyed the community asking what musical they would like to see performed at The Strand, Footloose was the strong winner. 

"This show has something for everyone — great music, great choreography, great story. You cannot leave the theatre without singing the songs and dancing to the music. Get ready for two hours of non-stop, high-energy fun with a message that will touch your heart.”

Footloose tells the story of Ren and his mother and their move from Chicago to a small farming town. Ren is ready for the adjustment to a new school and new friends, but what he’s totally unprepared for is the town’s ban on dancing. In the name of “safety” and “morals,” the town’s preacher, Rev.

Shaw Moore, is the voice of control, a control which he cannot maintain in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter, Ariel, sets her sights on Ren, it sets off a firestorm of conflict that forces everyone in town through a crucible of struggle and self-examination. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for a lost son, and a son aching for the father who walked out on him.

Footloose the Musical will be directed by Earl Reece and Assistant Director Catherine Rhodes with musical direction by Harris Wheeler. The musical stars Zach Seabaugh as Ren McCormack, Kelsey Brodeur as Ariel Moore, Marc Patterson as Reverend Shaw Moore, Chad Yochum as Chuck Cranston, Tierra Porter as Rusty, and Joe Arnotti as Willard.

Tickets are $20-35. Footloose will run August 16 & 17 @ 8pm; August 18 @3pm, August 22, 23, & 24 @ 8pm; and August 25 @ 3pm.

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