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Footloose dances its way to the stage

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The opening scene took place. Members of the cast danced and sang the most well known song from the play

The opening scene took place. Members of the cast danced and sang the most well known song from the play "Footloose."

The opening scene took place. Members of the cast danced and sang the most well known song from the play "Footloose."

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It’s time to cut loose; after months of rehearsal, the Fine Arts department is putting on ‘Footloose,’ a rock musical based on the 1984 movie. ‘Footloose’ will be performed on Jan. 21, 22, and 23 at 7 PM. Here’s a quick look into two of the actors and actresses in Footloose.

AJ Abdullah, senior

Q: Who do you play?

A: I play Ren McCormack. Ren is a fun-loving, adventurous guy, who gets ripped out of his domain and gets put somewhere and he’s the odd one out. Usually, he doesn’t have a problem fitting in, because he’s kind of the party guy! But he was put in a place (Bomont) after he has to leave Chicago because his dad leaves his family. He’s kind of immature, which is what makes him lovable, because he’s kind of a goofy guy, charismatic, etc. But he struggles in this new town.

Q: How many years have you been in theater?

A: I’ve been in theater since 6th grade, so about six years.

Q: What has your favorite role been?

A: My favorite role was Amos Calloway in the Texas All-State musical ‘Big Fish.’ It was a really fun time because I got to work with the cast for two years; we performed at the International Texas Thespian Festival.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the show?

A: There’s a scene between Reverend Moore and Ren, and the reason I like this scene, rather than a song, is because in musicals you usually don’t get much acting space, even though it’s acting throughout the entire thing, there’s not really much of a duet scene between people. But in this show, they have a five page solid acting scene, where it’s just clashing heads, and finally getting to a conclusion, without having a song. I think that’s awesome, and that’s my favorite part of the show.

Caitlin Kresta, sophomore

Q: Who do you play?

A: I play Ariel. My character is looking for fun but she’s being oppressed by her parents, and she’s good hearted, she just comes off a little strong.

Q: How many years have you been in theater?

A: I’ve been in theater since second grade, so almost eight years.

Q: What has your favorite role been?

A: My favorite role is probably always the one that I’m currently in.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the show?

A: My favorite part of the show is probably “Almost Paradise.” It’s a really fun song.

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