Lights Up! Theatre Company will present “Footloose,” its final musical production of the season, at the Lobero Theatre. “Footloose” runs Friday May 24 through Sunday May, 26 at the Lobero Theatre.

Three boys, performing in 'Footloose' stand on a stairway with their arms folded. (Courtesy photo)
‘Footloose’ plays May 24-26 at the Lobero Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

Based on the hit movie and bestselling Oscar-nominated score, “Footloose ” celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness.

The story pits a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment to starting at a new high school, but he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing.

To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated score, elevated with new songs, “Footloose” explores the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

“Footloose is the culmination of a very big season for Lights Up!, and we’re thrilled to be presenting it at the Lobero Theatre,” said director Amy Love.

“As our company has grown over the last six seasons, we’re eager to be on stage with the support of seasoned industry professionals and to take advantage of the Lobero’s exciting resources,” she said.

Asked what makes this show special, Love said, “I’ve had so much fun with our actors working on ‘Footloose.’ The various relationship dramas between parents and teens, boyfriends and girlfriends, and families struggling with grief are immediately accessible to our age group, which allows them to lean into dramatic situations that feel very real to them.

“The music is so catchy – not surprising that it’s one of the best selling soundtracks of all time, and the dancing is high-energy and athletic, making rehearsals just a blast.”

Another element Love noted is the dynamic of the two casts.

“Our particular constellation of actors this season allowed us to create a mentor cast (our advanced actors) and a rising cast (our younger talents.),” she said “It’s been so gratifying to see our younger actors learning from the more experienced actors in our group, and to help them work together on character development and support each other in music and dance rehearsals.

“Our Friday night and Saturday matinee performances will feature our younger, or rising cast, with ensemble support from our advanced actors; and the Saturday night and Sunday matinee cast will feature our advanced mentor cast, backed up by our rising ensemble members.”

For tickets, visit the Lobero Theatre website.

Ticket prices: students/seniors/teachers, $31; reserved seating, $41; preferred seating, $61; VIP, $91 (includes premier seating, free video link and a VIP reception between shows on Saturday).


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