Review: Footloose – Lambert High School

If you have the opportunity to attend Footloose this evening at Lambert High School, you won’t be disappointed. Allow yourself to be transported back in time to 1984 where big hair was the order of the day, and believe it or not, dancing was illegal in some municipalities of the United States. As a graduate of Chickasha High School in Oklahoma way back in 1985, I can tell you about the town of Rush Springs, just south of Chickasha, where dancing was illegal. Legend has it that the producers of the movie Footloose may have  gotten the idea from Rush Springs, which also happens to be the watermelon capital of the world, but I digress. The story of Wren McCormack, a city boy transplanted to the country (the fictitious city of Bomont, to be exact), only to find that his favorite pastime, dancing, is illegal has been adapted to the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie with additional music and lyrics by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford. This particular production by Lambert High School was completely student directed and produced. If you’ve been to a Lambert production, you know to expect a strong ensemble cast with flawless vocals (under the direction of Ryan Wason) and inventive choreography (under the direction of Carly Berg) in addition to a well directed story. This time Mr. Wason and Miss Berg took a backseat and allowed students to take the lead. As always, the ensemble was strong, the vocals were flawless, and the choreography was inventive. This was a well executed show which takes the audience back to the 1980s with Footloose standard songs: Footloose, Holding Out for a Hero, I’m Free, Let’s Hear it for the Boy, and Almost Paradise to name a few. We also get some new songs adapted for the stage production: On any Sunday (sung by the Church Congregation),  Learning to be Silent (a beautiful duet by the mothers of Wren and Ariel), and Mama Says (Willard’s humorous tribute to all his mother’s good advice), plus several more–19 songs in all — enhance the story. “Key Note-able” performances included; Drew Davison’s convincing performance as the Reverend Shaw Moore; Jared Guerrasio’s (Wren) and Manali Sunkara’s (Ariel) acting and vocals in Almost Paradise; Gabi Berube as Rusty and the ensemble in the showstopper Let’s Hear it for the Boy, and Nick Deaton’s performance as the humorous Willard. The last show is tonight at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. Adults $15.00, Students $10.00

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