Kick off the Sunday shoes: Ridgewood High School to present 'Footloose'

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:25:10 AM. 'Footloose,' a presentation by the Ridgewood High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 6662, is the autumn production in Norridge at Ridgewood High School.
"Footloose," a presentation by the Ridgewood High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 6662, is the autumn production in Norridge at Ridgewood High School. "Last year, we successfully produced two musicals, so we wanted to continue that success by producing a musical we thought would be familiar to our community," said Jim Smith, director and technical director. "We wanted to offer an opportunity to our students to work on a dance-heavy musical. We have a younger cast than we've had in the past couple of years, and we're hopeful that 'Footloose' will provide the groundwork for us to produce even bigger musicals in the years ahead." "Footloose" is staged at Ridgewood High School in Norridge (7500 W. Montrose Ave.) on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students or seniors. Get tickets at or call 708-697-5506. Last autumn's production of "Grease" had, "its rebellious teenagers," Smith said, who added that "Footloose" is "actually a much different production." "What's forgotten sometimes is that the musical is about surviving a loss," Smith said. The storyline of "Footloose" includes a ban on dancing in a small town after an accidental motor vehicle death of teens following a night of revelry, he said. But a halt on dancing in lieu of celebrating life cannot be sustained as a permanent outcome to mourning, Smith said. When a newcomer arrives in town, a rebel named Ren, the status quo is challenged because Ren wants to...Read more
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