If you’re older, and you concerned about this musical being too loud or think this is for the younger generation, think again. This musical has an emphasis on what life is like in a small, rural town, and two young adults who are on the road to self-discovery. Children and adults alike will sympathasize with the characters in the musical who are looking for an outlet for their energy.
The musical is based on the movie “Footloose” and adapted by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. The scene is set in a town called Bomont in 1984 and involves scenes at the local church, behind a gas station, at the train station, at the local high school, at the the local town hall and of course, at the dance hall. It involves two teenagers, Ariel and Ren, who are trying to make a difference in this neighborhood with small town views. Although there are a number of fast number tunes in Footloose, there are also a number of solo, duets and quartets with slower beats and outstanding vocals. The performance is comparable to what you would find for a higher paying performance in a theater. In addition, the band directed by local J. David Clatterbuc, performs live on back stage. The music originally arranged by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is an important asset to this musical.
Dogwood Dell’s outdoor amphitheater is a perfect setting for families. It’s well lighted and seats 2400 people. You are allowed to bring your own coolers, chairs and blankets; however you cannot bring any alcohol, open glass containers and no pets. This performance, which is free, is a part of the 2013 Festival of the Arts through Richmond City and the Richmond City Parks and Recreation, www.richmondgov.com/.
“Footloose” will continue from Friday, August 2 – Saturday, August 3, beginning at 8:30 pm. Other upcoming performances from the Festival of the Arts are “The Cameraman”, on Sunday, August 4th and “Opera in the Park” on Saturday, August 31st.