Bedford’s 2013 High School Musical: Footloose!

Rehearsing for Footloose! during February vacation - Image (c) JMcCT, 2013 all rights reserved
Rehearsing the finale of Footloose! during February vacation – Image (c) JMcCT, 2013 all rights reserved

Submitted by Maral Dulgarian for the BHS Music Department

The Bedford High School music department will stage its spring musical, “Footloose!” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, March 6, 8, and 9; and at 4:30 Thursday, March 7th, in the BHS Auditorium

Footloose! is a high-energy, youthful show based on the hit 1984 movie about one young man’s struggles in rescuing a town from wallowing in the shadow of a not-too-distant tragedy.  Our main protagonist, Ren McCormack (Jack Linnehan), a recent transplant from Chicago, has moved to the small country town of Bomont, with his mother Ethel (Catherine Donato) where he discovers to his surprise and horror that in an effort to shield the town from further tragedy, many fun things have been banned, the chief one being dancing.  In Bomont, he’s drawn to Ariel Moore (played by Natalie Vatcher), the rebellious daughter of Reverend Moore (Eric Tate) and his wife Vi (Kira Perzel-Mandell).  As Ren attempts to adjust to life in Bomont, he befriends the awkward but sincere Willard Hewitt (Joe Neveux), as well as Ariel’s trio of friends Rusty (Katie Luczai), Urleen (Sevan Dulgarian), and Wendy Jo (Becky Klein).  Unfortunately for Ren, he also runs afoul of Ariel’s boyfriend Chuck Cranston (Robby Bridgeman), and the uptight citizens of Bomont.  In addition to the aforementioned lead characters, we have a number of seniors for whom this year will be their last production at BHS: Christine Bahtiarian, James Doud, Maria Linnehan, Jennie Segal, Leanna Silvestrone,  Pamela Weidman, and Sarah Cowles as stage manager.

This year’s production of “Footloose!‘ is being Co-Directed by Evan Grunwald & Katrina Faulstich.  This is Katrina’s first year teaching in Bedford, taking over as Choral Director.  Already in his fourth year teaching at BHS, Evan  has been the Musical Pit Director for the past two BHS productions of “Grease” and “Once On This Island“.   Although an independent stage director had been previously hired for the last three years, Katrina and Evan are now splitting all musical and directorial responsibilities with an eye to maximize each student’s talents. “Footloose!”  was chosen to reflect the energetic collaboration between these two newest musical staff members at BHS.  Returning Choreographer Jessica Ham brings her choreographic magic to this intensely dance oriented production, and Eric Smallenberger  joins us this year for set design and mentoring of the stage crew.   “Footloose!” promises to be an electrifying experience!   Join us for an evening of rocking 80’s themed music, fantastic dance numbers, and authentically visual sets!

Tickets to “Footloose!” are $12  and $10 for senior citizens.  Tickets are on sale at: Fetch it! 48 Great Road (781 275-0584 ); Great Road Gallery & Framing, 363 Great Road (781-275-8886); and the Bedford Council on Aging, 12 Mudge Way (781-275-6825).   Tickets will additionally be sold through the school offices at Davis, Lane, JGMS.  High school students may purchase tickets during lunch in the cafeteria.

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling, 781-275-1700 x4200 (please leave your ticket order message for Evan Grunwald including: name, phone number, number of tickets requested and for which performance).    Reserved tickets can be picked up and paid for at the will call table until 15 minutes before each performance.

For more information about the BHS production of “Footloose!“, contact Evan Grunwald at evan_grunwald@bedford.k12.ma.us or call 781-275-1700 x 4200


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