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Footloose at the OAC

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 07:00 PM 11/10/2018 07:00 PM America/Chicago Footloose at the OAC

     Under the direction of Tiersa Ferraro, “Footloose” touches on growing up in the 80s, focusing on timeless themes of love and loss, parent-teen relationships, and facing troubled pasts and fears. Inspired by the 1984 film of the same name, the live musical burst onto the Broadway stage in 1998.

     With high-energy dance scenes choreographed by Yvette Beilfuss, a memorable musical score directed by Beth Kauffeld and a pit orchestra featuring 15 talented OHS musicians conducted by Dan Henkel, this amazing musical will leave the audience dancing in the aisles and the streets.

    “Footloose” tells the story of Ren and his mother who move from Chicago to a small farming town. Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school, but is stunned to discover there are rules against dancing that are enforced by the local preacher. The Reverend's rebellious daughter, Ariel, and his new friends help Ren push back against the ridiculous law and "tear up this town."

     Ultimately, the coming-of-age musical celebrates standing up for what you believe, no matter your age.

     “This show is really fun and it hits the cast right in their sweet spot with songs from the 80s. This is the soundtrack that their parents grew up with, so everyone can sing along,” said Ferraro. “The show is relatable because it shines a light on tensions between parents and kids. Everybody’s story crashes together and they discover they are all just trying to work things out.”

     “Footloose” is Ferraro’s first production on the OAC’s stage since being hired as the new Director of Theater at OHS this last June. 

     “I’m really excited to be a part of such an amazing theater program that has been built up over many years. The students are incredibly talented at so many levels and there is so much energy. We have a beautiful facility in the OAC and a top-notch band in the pit – this is going to be a great show,” added Ferraro.

Can’t stand still

    OHS seniors, Donovan Gall and Carolyn Battenberg play the multi-faceted characters of Ren of Ariel in the upcoming OHS Players’ production of “Footloose.” With a huge cast of 54 and a supporting crew of 16, the energy on the OAC’s stage is palpable.

     “This is such a great show and even though there are a lot of people in the cast, we are all really bonding. The dance numbers and music are challenging, but we’re all having a lot of fun, especially because the songs are all so recognizable,” said Carolyn.

     Playing the iconic role of Ren is in itself, challenging, admitted Donovan. “I’m trying to bring my own personal experiences into this character. His parents are divorced and so are mine. Like Ren, I also express myself and deal with things through dancing,” he added.

     Looking back over their years of being active members of the OHS Players, both students are grateful for all the experiences.

    “Going on stage and facing my fears and anxiety helped me grow so much as a person. Having so many friends in the theater has really inspired me,” admitted Donovan.  

     “The theater is such a special place and has given me so many amazing opportunities. The new directors are all supportive and positive. The OHS Players are a great group and have made a big impact on me,” said Carolyn.

Tickets

     Reserved seating tickets for “Footloose” are $15 for adults and $12 for high school students and younger and military personnel with ID.

     The Oconomowoc Arts Center is located at 641 E. Forest St. and is part of the Oconomowoc Area School District. The OAC box office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. In addition, the box office is open 90 minutes prior to events. To purchase tickets, call the OAC Box Office at 262-560-3172 or visit www.theoac.net.    

Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E Forest St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Event Details

     Under the direction of Tiersa Ferraro, “Footloose” touches on growing up in the 80s, focusing on timeless themes of love and loss, parent-teen relationships, and facing troubled pasts and fears. Inspired by the 1984 film of the same name, the live musical burst onto the Broadway stage in 1998.

     With high-energy dance scenes choreographed by Yvette Beilfuss, a memorable musical score directed by Beth Kauffeld and a pit orchestra featuring 15 talented OHS musicians conducted by Dan Henkel, this amazing musical will leave the audience dancing in the aisles and the streets.

    “Footloose” tells the story of Ren and his mother who move from Chicago to a small farming town. Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school, but is stunned to discover there are rules against dancing that are enforced by the local preacher. The Reverend's rebellious daughter, Ariel, and his new friends help Ren push back against the ridiculous law and "tear up this town."

     Ultimately, the coming-of-age musical celebrates standing up for what you believe, no matter your age.

     “This show is really fun and it hits the cast right in their sweet spot with songs from the 80s. This is the soundtrack that their parents grew up with, so everyone can sing along,” said Ferraro. “The show is relatable because it shines a light on tensions between parents and kids. Everybody’s story crashes together and they discover they are all just trying to work things out.”

     “Footloose” is Ferraro’s first production on the OAC’s stage since being hired as the new Director of Theater at OHS this last June. 

     “I’m really excited to be a part of such an amazing theater program that has been built up over many years. The students are incredibly talented at so many levels and there is so much energy. We have a beautiful facility in the OAC and a top-notch band in the pit – this is going to be a great show,” added Ferraro.

Can’t stand still

    OHS seniors, Donovan Gall and Carolyn Battenberg play the multi-faceted characters of Ren of Ariel in the upcoming OHS Players’ production of “Footloose.” With a huge cast of 54 and a supporting crew of 16, the energy on the OAC’s stage is palpable.

     “This is such a great show and even though there are a lot of people in the cast, we are all really bonding. The dance numbers and music are challenging, but we’re all having a lot of fun, especially because the songs are all so recognizable,” said Carolyn.

     Playing the iconic role of Ren is in itself, challenging, admitted Donovan. “I’m trying to bring my own personal experiences into this character. His parents are divorced and so are mine. Like Ren, I also express myself and deal with things through dancing,” he added.

     Looking back over their years of being active members of the OHS Players, both students are grateful for all the experiences.

    “Going on stage and facing my fears and anxiety helped me grow so much as a person. Having so many friends in the theater has really inspired me,” admitted Donovan.  

     “The theater is such a special place and has given me so many amazing opportunities. The new directors are all supportive and positive. The OHS Players are a great group and have made a big impact on me,” said Carolyn.

Tickets

     Reserved seating tickets for “Footloose” are $15 for adults and $12 for high school students and younger and military personnel with ID.

     The Oconomowoc Arts Center is located at 641 E. Forest St. and is part of the Oconomowoc Area School District. The OAC box office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. In addition, the box office is open 90 minutes prior to events. To purchase tickets, call the OAC Box Office at 262-560-3172 or visit www.theoac.net.    

 

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