Footloose - Musical ☆☆☆☆4
Showing from - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 through till Saturday, April 4, 2015
Alfreton Grange Arts College - Alfreton
Dan Webber | Thursday, April 2, 2015
On paper, Footloose the Musical shouldn’t work.
It’s a jukebox musical based on the film made famous by Kevin Bacon and centres on the town of Beaumont, where dancing is outlawed, and a rebellious youth from Chicago who hopes to change this.
It’s fair to say the script isn’t the strongest and while the premise may not appeal to all, It's great to see a local company with such a strong and enthusiastic young castin the hands of Ripley and Alfreton Musical Theatre Company, under the Direction and Choreography of Chris Parkes and the Musical Direction of Morris Fisher, it has become an energized and enjoyable bang-for-your-buck production.
Following on from the fantastic ‘Damn Yankees’ last year, it is great to see a local company with such a strong and enthusiastic younger cast, which is not to take anything away from the more established members of the group, featuring many familiar faces from the Derbyshire Performing Arts scene.
Struts, sings and skates
The cast included Helen Perry as rebellious love interest April, James Fearn as her pious but conflicted father Shaw, Duncan Leech as bad-boy Chuck Cranston and in the lead role of Ren McCormack, Andrew Buxton, who is clearly loving every minute as he struts, sings and skates his way across the stage.
With great ensemble performances including “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, “Holding Out For A Hero” and of course the title song, there is a great party atmosphere, reminiscent of a Friday night out in Derby! There is a whole lot of fun to be found in this show as well as poignancy: “Learning To Be Silent” was a particular highlight.
Footloose is infectious toe-tapping entertainment, and as the curtain fell, the audience didn’t want it to end.
Kick off your Sunday shoes and enjoy.
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