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Posted on: October 26, 2021

High School to present musical, "Footloose"

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The Raymore-Peculiar High School Theatre Department announces its fall musical, Footloose. Performances will be in the Ray-Pec High School Theatre Nov. 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office line, 892-3999, extension 2400. Tickets are $6 for students and $7 for adults. 

Footloose takes place in the small town of Bomont. In response to a tragic car wreck five years earlier, the elders of the town have outlawed dancing. Coming into conflict with that law is Ren McCormick, a teenager with troubles of his own who moves to the town from Chicago. Ren inspires the young people of the community to push for the town to move on from the tragedy and start living with joy again. Based on the 1984 film, Footloose is an energetic, thoughtful show full of hit songs and fun dancing. The musical version opened on Broadway in 1998 and has been a popular show for high schools and regional groups to perform ever since. Footloose by Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, and Tom Snow is a show sure to get you tapping your toes and ready to dance.

The cast includes Xander Blackmon as Ren, Bailey Martin as Ethel, Nathan Eckert as Rev. Shaw Moore, Meghan Larsen as Vi Moore, Kennedy Kinnick as Ariel Moore, Sarah Freidline as Lulu Warnicker, Jared Dosch as Wes Warnicker, Nigel Norvell as Coach Roger Dunbar, Grace O’Brien as Eleanor Dunbar, Addison Hansen as Rusty, Brooklyn Burk as Urleen, Paige Showen as Wendy Jo, Rylee Spiller as Mandy, Ronald Graves as Chuck Cranston, Brekyn King as Lyle, Cole Blankenship as Travis, Corbin William as Officer Fife, Lexie Thomas as Betty Blast, Aidan Martel as Willard Hewitt, Owen Phillips as Principal Harry Clark, Andrew Burton as Jeter, Brandon Cea as Bickle, Tre Hill as Garvin, Bradley Shepard as Pinto, Destinee Shaffer as Irene, and Mason Rew as Cowboy Bob.

Adults of Bomont include: Alia Abdelgawad, Alexis Balentine, Ellie Barker, Adam Bartow, Rachel Belshe, Elizabeth Burton, Annaliese Busse, Jacob Carpio, Gracie Chambers, Ember Davis, Emily Feagins, Madison Johnson, Tristan Johnson, Piper Martin, Bryce Nickel, Elijah O’Brien, and Lilly Seward. 

High School Students of Bomont feature: Makail Cull, Chase Cunningham, Devin Fisher, Jaxon Inmon, Isaac Rodriguez, Abbie Anderson, Jillian Collom, Savannah Jordan, Dinah Hodgson, Grace Humke, Makiya Leslie-Hardison, Mia Mikulicz, Avery Monnig, Julia Morris, Jessica Philips, Yesenia Quintero, and Reagen Sheedy. 

Working behind the scenes are Teacher Todd Schnake as the director, Teacher Stephen Rew as the music director, Student Madi Priest as the scenic designer, and patrons Pam Schnake, Kay Connelly and Michael Connelly as production assistants. The student choreographer is Makiya Leslie-Hardison. The assistant directors for Footloose are Blake Oser and Auden Tayler.  The stage managers are Madi Priest and Ellie McRill. The sound engineers are Blake Oser and Aisha Yanez-Corea. The master carpenters are Jared Dosch, Sarah Freidline, Savannah Jordan, Blake Oser, and Madi Priest. Props masters are Madi Priest and Natalie Kies. The master electrician and lighting designer is Jillian Griffin.  The costume designer is Kennedy Varner. The make-up and hair designer is Audrey Huffman. Box Office Managers are Katrina Tilawin, Neveah Arzola, and Lydon Warner.

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