'Footloose' opens

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:29 PM

The cast for the school's annual fall musical, based on the movie "Footloose," is led by seniors Madison Harloff and Owen Loughrin. The show opened Thursday night and runs through Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center.

The musical features the classic '80s anthems “Holding Out For A Hero,” “Almost Paradise,” “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” and the title song. The storyline holds a heart-warming tale of celebrating life every single day.

Loughrin plays Ren McCormack, the character made famous in the movie by Kevin Bacon. Ren is the classic outsider who moves to the small town of Bomont and decides to shake things up, especially the local law that bans dancing.

He is joined by Ariel Moore, the rebellious preacher’s daughter played by Harloff. Her father, the Rev. Shaw Moore, played by senior Alexander Stepanek, has pushed into law a ban on dancing in response to a tragedy that claimed the life of his son. Their conflict envelopes the entire town as they seek to put the past in its proper perspective.

Director Rita McLary promises a high-energy show with numbers brought to life by the cast and rock musicians in the orchestra pit led by the school's orchestra director, Melissa Meyers. Rounding out the team are Vocal Music Director Mari Jo Koedyker, Choreographer Julie Kieft and Set Designer Steven Wozniak.

“We’ve been blessed with tremendous community support — from our donated billboard along U.S. 31 to our appearance at the Grand Haven City Council, and the many businesses and individuals who support the drama program at GHHS," McLary said. "The payoff of countless hours of work is in seeing these kids rock.”

The show opened Thursday night. Although the performances for tonight and Saturday evening were nearly sold out as of Thursday, tickets will be available at the door for the Saturday (2 p.m.) matinee. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $8 for students and senior citizens.

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