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Quirk’s Players to Stage Footloose at GRB

Quirk’s Players of Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School are proud to announce that they will present the Broadway musical Footloose this spring. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 7th; Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th in the Bodley H.S. Auditorium. Curtain time is set for 7:30 P.M. each evening. Additionally, there will be a 2:00 P.M. matinee on Saturday.

Based on the 1984 film of the same name, Footloose tells the story of a city-slicker outsider Ren McCormack and his mother Ethel as they move from fast paced Chicago to a much slower Bomont, Texas in search of a change of pace and hopefully a better life. Ren is not prepared for the rigorous 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 and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about, “the new kid.” Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. The show features a lively score that includes such notable songs as “Footloose,” “The Girl Gets Around,” “I Can’t Stand Still,” “Somebody’s Eyes,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” “Heaven Help Me,” “Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” “Mama Said,” and “Almost Paradise.”

Starring in GRB’s production of Footloose is Henry Jerred as Ren McCormack and Harper Ells as Ariel Moore. Valerie Nichols will portray Ren’s mother, Ethel. Dawson Krause will appear as Reverend Shaw Moore, the local preacher, and Molly Evans will appear as his wife, Vi. The role of Willard Hewitt, Ren’s friend in Bomont, will be played by Jayce Wornick. Ariel’s friends, Rusty, Urleen and Wendy Jo, will be played by Ashley Taplin, Dahni Perry and Santina Cunningham, respectively. Hayden Whitney will assume the role of Chuck Cranston, Ariel’s no-good boyfriend. Wyatt Tarbe will be Bomont High School’s Coach Dunbar and Lil Cunningham will appear as the coach’s wife, Eleanor. GRB Senior Braeden Frost will be featured as Cowboy Bob.

Members of the ensemble, appearing as teens and adults in Chicago and Bomont as well as other small character roles include Kara Barrett, Hannah Bell, Michael Best, Fynley Chapman, Hannah Chetney, Chloe Close, Hayden Crofoot, Mara Davis, Q. (Avery) Evans, Max Harrington, Myleigh Hayward, Madison Hood, Aryn Hover, Niyah Humphrey, Izabella Jensen, Mackenzie Kerfien, Atlas King, Madison McCarty-Castillo, Audrey Miller, Gracie Parry, Skyler Perkins, Elliot Prior, Kaya Renfrew, Aaliyah Rothrock, Camren Rothrock, Evan Rothrock, Bryana Stanard, Haley Taplin, Vardon Taplin IV, Hayden Terpening, Julia Tomarchio, Justin Wallace, Kelci Watkins, Evan Weaver, Katherine Wettering and Audrey White.

Members of the Footloose backstage tech crew include Fulton students Zackery Buscemi, Gracyn Cantine, Emily Case, Logan Cleverly, Dash Davis, Ethan Davis, Ethan DuMont, Haven Hicks, Ethan Lane, Amya Ramos, Deverick Reidell, Alejandro Rodriguez, Matthew Sawyer, Penelope Taylor and Rosalind Taylor.      

Quirk’s Players’ production of Footloose is under the direction of Tom Briggs, Theatre Director at G. Ray Bodley High School and Faculty Advisor to Quirk’s Players. Morgan Touranjoe, a member of the GRB Music Department, will serve as the production’s music director. Mr. Rob Lescarbeau, an English teacher at Bodley, is the assistant director and will also serve as technical director/stage manager. Dances are being choreographed by Dr. Doreen Kelly, a member of the faculty at the James R. Fairgrieve Elementary School. Mr. Luigi Giacomucci, band director at G. Ray Bodley High School, will conduct the Footloose pit orchestra. Costumes are being designed by Mrs. Debbie Ritchey of CNY Costumes and Mrs. Natalie Lewin will coordinate props.

 “We are thrilled to bring Footloose to the stage this spring,” stated Director Tom Briggs. “This is a high energy show and a great deal of fun.” Briggs noted that as rehearsals are underway, students are excited about their characters, the storyline, and the music. “Our students are motivated for this production and are doing an excellent job of bringing the sounds of the 80’s back to GRB. We are sure that they will make the community proud.”

Briggs noted that tickets for Footloose are already on sale. “Our booster club, the Friends of Quirk’s Players, has activated our online box office to purchase tickets for this year’s musical. Ticket sales are active now.” Seating in the GRB Auditorium will be reserved for all performances and though patrons may purchase tickets at the door, people are encouraged to order their tickets online at this time. “Purchasing tickets online will allow community members to select their desired seats in the auditorium and avoid waiting in line at the box office when they arrive at the high school,” said Director Briggs.

To purchase tickets for Footloose, please visit Quirk’s Players’ online box office at: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/79988. The online password for pre-sale tickets is: footloose (with a lowercase f).

Quirk’s Players is the student theatre troupe at G. Ray Bodley High School. Named in memory of Mr. William Quirk, a long time English teacher at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the organization presents two main productions a year and participates in at least one annual high school drama festival. Most recently Quirk’s Players presented Twelve Angry Jurors this fall as well as the family favorite musical Shrek last spring.