Rebel with a cause: Outsider helps rip adult a city in ‘Footloose’ on Amana stage

Diana Nollen

The Gazette

AMANA — Take divided a poufy hair and level promenade dresses and “Footloose,” a 1984 film about a city where time stands still, still stands a exam of time as a low-pitched onstage. It opens Sept. 7 during a Old Creamery Theatre and runs by Oct. 1.

“As we talked about it with a pattern team, and generally with a costumer, it’s some-more of a undying environment that nods to a ’80s,” executive Sean McCall said. “I usually didn’t wish it to turn a mimic of a ’80s, given what’s unequivocally during a heart of this, is a story of a city that has tighten itself off, formed on a grief, and how an alien comes in who starts to plea that and assistance them find their approach behind to life.”

That alien is Ren, a Chicago city child who moves with his mom to a tiny Midwestern city where dancing and stone song were criminialized after 4 teenagers — including a minister’s son — were killed in a automobile pile-up entrance home from a dance.

Fitting into this regressive village isn’t easy, withdrawal Ren with a lot of restrained frustrations to work off. Dancing is his favorite approach to channel his energy, and he knows it could assistance his peers understanding with their worries and anger. He proposes holding a comparison prom, though a successful Rev. Shaw Moore is a challenging competition for this apparent insurgent with a cause.

“Rebellious” isn’t a right tag for Ren, pronounced Seth Hunter, who’s personification a purpose that done Kevin Bacon a film star.

“He’s some-more of usually an outsider. And being an alien causes him to seem rebel to a lot of people in a city — though he’s usually behaving a approach that he knows how to live, given he’s a city boy. we theory we can lift a lot of that given I’m a city boy,” pronounced Hunter, 25, a Pittsburg local now formed in New York.

“He tends to put his feet in his mouth a lot given he gets shaken — he indeed says that in a play,” Hunter added. “He gets shaken around people and whenever he’s challenged, he doesn’t know what to say, so he says something unequivocally sarcastic, that comes behind to punch him.

“He comes in loud, ardent and used to being a personality of his friends’ turn in Chicago,” Hunter said. That’s not going to cut it in Bomont — until his clearly rebel ways attract a courtesy of a reverend’s rebel daughter, Ariel. That adds another covering of conflict, though also helps Ren find his niche.

He’s spiteful low down, too, after his father deserted his family, and as Ren starts to build a new turn of friends, they emanate a understanding family-feeling “that unequivocally rounds him out as a chairman and helps turn out a town, itself,” Hunter said.

Katie Colletta, 26, a Rockford, Ill., local now vital in Walford, plays a twin purpose in a show. Not usually is she portraying a “feisty, smart” Ariel, though Colletta and her husband, Keegan Christopher, are choreographing a show. That’s no easy feat, given she pronounced they have to “create dances that don’t feel like dances, until a gushing during a end.” Her father gets to play Willard, a teen with dual left feet who usually doesn’t know how to dance until a teenagers hide divided to use some imagination footwork.

What Ariel’s father doesn’t comprehend is a unequivocally law he helped order to “save” a teenagers in a issue of a town’s tragedy hasn’t authorised his daughter to heal.

“Her hermit had upheld divided in a automobile collision several years ago, and she never got a closure, given her relatives usually don’t speak about it,” Colletta said. Ariel’s annoy and disappointment brew with a clarity of “being stuck” in her small, closed-off town, environment her during contingency with her father.

He’s unequivocally not a bad guy, pronounced Ross Wheeler, 43, an actor and high propagandize museum clergyman from Yorkville, Ill., who plays a Rev. Moore.

“He’s a one that closes off a many during a beginning,” Wheeler said. “He’s positively not traffic with grief, and we consider that he represents a whole city in that way. Whether he’s a one not permitting them to reanimate from their grief or either he’s a biggest instance of it, I’m not sure. He positively doesn’t assistance things pierce along.

“Because of that, we consider that he’s a unequivocally caring and amatory individual,” Wheeler said. “He wants his daughter to turn a schoolteacher, usually given it’s protected and tighten by and (he) can keep an eye on her. No ill intent, though he feels a clever weight — an requirement to God — to take caring of everyone, and in doing so, he’s screwing all up. … He’s not a bad guy. He usually creates bad choices. He’s a good man inside.”

“Footloose” is following in a footsteps of final year’s prolongation of “Grease” during a Old Creamery Theatre.

“We are perplexing to welcome bigger musicals, given we know people wish to see them, and we adore to tell those stories.” pronounced McCall, 51, of Walford, who also is a theater’s full-time artistic director.

One of a biggest hurdles for a veteran unit that brings in actors from opposite a nation is anticipating housing for a out-of-town expel and crew. A dozen people are staying in a theater’s “cast house” in West Amana and others are staying with association members and supporters in a area. In essence, they’re formulating their possess community, that is something Hunter loves about operative in informal theaters. That, and respirating Iowa’s uninformed air.

“It’s good to get out of a city,” he said, adding that informal theaters “breathe life and blood into artists.”

And a Old Creamery is anticipating a vitality, appetite and “explosion of dance” in shows like “Grease” and “Footloose” will move in younger assembly members.

“It’s a story that works for all ages,” Wheeler said, even if a immature people in a expel weren’t even innate when a film came out.

“So yeah, it came out in a ’80s, though that story is true,” McCall said. “Even in my module notes, we say, ‘Maybe a many critical thing we can take divided from this is, stop putting a censure on other people. Reach out to other people. Communicate with other people. Find the commonality.’ God knows that’s a indicate that can ring today. And dance, by God.”

“(And) have improved proms,” Hunter quipped.

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