Based on the true story of how a small town's
teens reclaimed the right to dance,
while healing a community tragedy.
July 1 - 12*
Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday at 2 p.m.
*Saturday, July 4
We'll offer an outdoor picnic - complete with burgers
(beef and veggie) and hot dogs, sides, and
an ice cream sundae bar.
Picnic from 3-5 p.m. - the show begins at 5:30 p.m.
Special pricing for this performance option.
Directed by Bill Mutimer
The Lipkin Theatre
The tale of the small rural town with 'no dancing allowed' was inspired by the true story of Elmore City, OK - a burg that, in 1979, had finally lifted an 80-year-old ban on dancing.
The Elmore City teens had approached their elders for permission to hold a prom, and the response was swift: “No good has ever come from a dance,” thundered the real life Rev. F.R. Johnson of the United Pentecostal Church in nearby Hennepin—the father of two teenage daughters. “If you have a dance somebody will crash it and they’ll be looking for only two things—women and booze. When boys and girls hold each other, they get sexually aroused.” Despite the good reverend's fears, the school board narrowly approved a prom 'for this year only'.
And the rest is movie and musical history. The news story inspired actor and songwriter Dean Pitchford to pen a screenplay for the movie Footloose, that opened in 1984. It took another 14 years for the story of Ren, Ariele and their friends to reach Broadway.
This show is appropriate for all ages.
Local actor/theatre educator Jarrod Yuskauskas will take on the role of "Rev. Shaw Moore" in our production of Footloose. He will also play "Thomas Andrews", the designer of the ill-fated ocean liner in our first show, Titanic: The Musical.