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Getting To Know... Footloose

The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers.

  • Short Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Amateur, Youth Groups, Community Theatre
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 17 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a Getting to Know... musical should contact our office for more information. Community theatres and youth organizations should apply by clicking on the license button on the left. For questions related to Getting to Know... musicals, contact the ORiGiN Theatrical office.

  • Casting: 8M, 7F
  • Casting Notes: Singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Townspeople and High School Students

  • REN McCORMACK - teenage boy from Chicago
    ETHEL McCORMACK - his mother
    REVEREND SHAW MOORE - the minister of Bomont
    VI MOORE - his wife
    ARIEL MOORE - their teenage daughter
    LULU WARNICKER - Ren's aunt
    WES WARNICKER - her husband
    COACH ROGER DUNBAR - the high school gym teacher
    ELEANOR DUNBAR - his wife
    RUSTY - Ariel's best friend
    URLEEN - Ariel's friend
    CHUCK CRANSTON - Ariel's boyfriend
    LYLE - Chuck's buddy
    TRAVIS - Chuck's buddy
    A COP
    BETTY BLAST - the owner of The Burger Blast
    WILLARD HEWITT - Ren's friend, a country boy
    PRINCIPAL HARRY CLARK
    JETER - Ren's friend
    BICKLE - Ren's friend
    GARVIN - Ren's friend
    COWBOY BOB - the lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que
    COWBOY BOB'S BAND
    TOWNSPEOPLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS