Footloose

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild Committee were proud to present our 2012 production, “Footloose – The Dance Musical”. The show was chosen by popular vote of the members back in January 2011 and was a huge hit with our audience, too! Members can look back on a show with vibrant song and dance numbers, a dramatic storyline, dozens of diverse principal roles and one of the best ‘megamix’ finales in the business!

FOOTLOOSE was (very nearly) a SELL OUT with just 19 seats unsold on the Saturday Matinee and every other performance completely full; ensuring that ticket sales topped the 99% mark! A fantastic achievement from a dedicated cast selling a relatively unknown musical. This was the show that saw Connor Going play the lead role in his first Guild musical, where Gill Gilmour played her first leading lady role as Ariel Moore and where the cast were split into “Team Ren” and “Team Shaw” but worked powerfully together in huge ensemble numbers like “Footloose / On Any Sunday”, “I’m Free / Heaven Help Me” and the most awesome “Footloose / Megamix Finale”!

The show was supported by Hollywood icon, writer and lyricist, Dean Pitchford, who wrote to the cast and crew to wish our production well.  Dean said “As each of you plays your part in bringing the town of Bomont to life, I want to thank you for your hard work, your dedication and your spirit, and to wish you an amazing run of the show. I’ve had many, many people the world over tell me that doing “Footloose” resulted in some of the most cherished memories of their lives. I hope that you all have a similar experience.”.

Backstage, the crew brought a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘moving house‘ as they pushed around the purpose built set designed by Jack Murdock. Meanwhile, Tess Byrne brought the stage to life with 200 lighting and sound queues in a show that ran for 120 minutes. Out front, the audience showed their appreciation with the most amazing standing ovations. And beyond the theatre, Theatre Guild were lauded as being “quality assured” and a company “renowned for the quality of their cast” in this review which added, “The cast … carried the audience on a wave of energy all the way to the end”!! On top of all this, members Colin McGowan and Gill Gilmour became engaged to be married onstage after the final performance. The tears were flowing onstage and off as our emotional week came to an end!

 

FOOTLOOSE explodes onto the stage with classic 80s anthems including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and, of course, the title track, Footloose. Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful until city boy, Ren, arrives. Breaking every taboo, Ren brings dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy. Based on the hit 80s movie (which launched the careers of Kevin Bacon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Lithgow), FOOTLOOSE has become a stage musical phenomenon. From Broadway to the West End and touring across the UK, there is just no stopping the music. Originally directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Karen Bruce (Fame, The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever), FOOTLOOSE is packed full of electrifying dance routines, guaranteed to get you to your feet. Dancing is not a crime; to miss Footloose would be!. FOOTLOOSE opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 22, 1998 and ran for 709 performances until July 2, 2000 and was nominated for four Tony Awards (Best Book, Best Leading Lady, Best Original Score and Best Choreography). In the UK, Footloose has enjoyed three stints in the West-End and four national tours. FOOTLOOSE brings together an exciting mix of classic 1980s dance music with an intoxicating original score. Songs include 80s chart hits Footloose, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and Holding Out For A Hero plus additional songs from the 1984 movie Somebody’s Eyes, The Girl Gets Around, I’m Free and the love theme Almost Paradise. Add to this some excellent character and chorus numbers from the original score like I Can’t Stand Still, Learning To Be Silent, Heaven Help Me, Still Rockin’ and Mama Says and you have the perfect ‘dancing in the aisles’ musical!

 

VENUE

Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
United Kingdom
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Eastwood Park Theatre is an outstanding visual and performing arts venue in the leafy suburbs, south of Glasgow, fusing the comforts of a modern, revamped facility with an air of retro from the original 1970′s building.

Both audience members and performing arts organisations have benefited from a recent £1.75 million refurbishment to the theatre building which now provides state-of-the-art stage facilities, access for performers and patrons using wheelchairs, and a lush modernised, intimate auditorium.

Since re-opening on the 22nd February 2007, the theatre has accommodated full-scale performing art productions, festivals, author events, film screenings, bands and launch events.
The new auditorium can seat up to 338 people.

 

CAST

Ren McCormack Connor Going
Ethel McCormack Suzanne Lowe
Reverend Shaw Moore Cameron Lowe
Vi Moore Adele Simpson
Ariel Moore Gill Gilmour
Rusty Suzanne Wilson
Urleen Caroline Telfer
Wendy Jo Pamela Ross
Chuck Cranston Kevin McGuire
Lyle David McCurrach
Travis Ryan Towart
Cowboy Bob Gylen Boardman
Willard Hewitt Andrew Neilson
Principal Clark Campbell McDougall
Lulu Warnicker Moira McLeod
Wes Warnicker John Woods
Eleanor Dunbar Louise Munro
Coach Dunbar David Sturgeon
Betty Blast Francis Adams
Jeter John Dunne
Bickel Craig McDougall
Garvin Ross McAree

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Alasdair Hawthorn
Musical Director Norma Fingland
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Janice Raeside
Stage Director Stuart Poole
Stage Manager Tess Byrne
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Wardrobe Morag Arthur
Sandra Robb
Prompt Sandra Robb
Professional Services
Set Jack Murdock
Costume Utopia Costumes
Lighting Design Eastwood Park Theatre
Sound Eastwood Park Theatre

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