Center Stage Theatre in Shelton will present “Footloose: The Musical” from July 22-31.
The annual summer Youth CONNection production, which dates back to 1983, features high school and college-aged actors, many of whom have been a part of the Center Stage Theatre family for years, in a fully-staged production.
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford and featuring music by Tom Snow and Dean Pritchford, as well as Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman, Footloose, The Musical follows Ren and his mother’s move from Chicago to a small farming town, where he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.
Performances run July 22-31, with shows on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Two special weeknight performances – Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28 – will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at centerstageshelton.org.