CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM PREMIERE
OF THE 80’s MUSICAL, FOOTLOOSE
Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the fast-paced musical, Footloose, based on the movie and filled with all the songs that made that soundtrack an enduring classic. Playing from July 18–July 29, Footloose is directed and choreographed by SAM HAY (Crazy For You, 2018 – Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, 2017), and musically directed by Resident Musical Director, JAMES WOODLAND.
Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. When Ren and his mother move to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the local laws – including a ban on dancing – which are the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town’s youths. When the Reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid. From the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Making his Lyceum debut, BART MATHER plays Ren McCormack. Mather was most recently seen Off Broadway in Calamity Jane (Hugh/Col. Stark/Fred). Previous credits include Prometheus Bound (ensemble) and The Donkey Show(Peaseblossom) at American Repertory Theater, Legally Blonde(ensemble) and Singing in the Rain (Rod) at Merry Go Round Playhouse, Hair (Berger) at the Secret Theater and Mamma Mia(Eddie) at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. KATHRYN BRUNNER, returns to Arrow Rock to play Ariel Moore, the Reverend’s Daughter. Last season at the Lyceum she was seen as Laurey in Oklahoma! and Sophie in Mamma Mia! A role she recently reprised at Pioneer Theatre Company in Utah. Making his Lyceum debut FRED INKLEY plays the Reverend Shaw Moore. Fred’s Broadway credits include: Les Miserables (Valjean – ‘95/‘98); Annie (Drake/FDR/Bert Healy); The Addams Family (Lurch/Mal Beineke); A Tale of Two Cities (Stryver); The Boys from Syracuse (Sergeant); The Nutty Professor (Murray/Maury); Birdland. Touring credits include The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast); Les Miserables (Valjean – Jeff Award nomination).
Having just played Irene in Crazy For You, STACEY HARRIS returns to play Vi Moore, the Reverend’s Wife. At the Lyceum Stacey has also appeared as Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Lola in Damn Yankees, Elsa in The Sound Of Music, Barbara in Run For Your Wife, and Lucia in Black Coffee. Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing. National Tours include Cinderella, Show Boat, and Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik Manger, The Golden Land, Pardon My English, and Lone Star Love. Making her Lyceum debut, ERIN FISH plays Ethel McCormack, Ren’s Mother. She has performed all over the country as Donna in the Mamma Mia! National Tour and as Miss Hannigan in the Annie National Tour.
Making her Lyceum debut, MORGAN KIRNER plays Rusty, Ariel’s friend. Morgan was last seen as “Missy” in The Marvelous Wonderettes at St. Louis Rep! Other favorite shows/roles include, The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s, Paper Mill Playbous/PCLO/Kansas City Starlight, TUTS, Fox Theatre in Atlanta) “Anne” in A Little Night Music at the Huntington Theatre Company and “Ariel” in The Little Mermaid at Theatre By the Sea.
The cast also includes RICHARD SPITALETTA as Willard Hewitt, BLAKE PRICE as Chuck, DON RICHARD as Coach Dunbar And Cowboy Bob, ANNETTE RENWICK as Eleanor, WHITNEY RENEE HICKMAN as Wendy Jo, PAULA DANNER as Betty and Lu Lu, HAROLD HYNICK as Wes Warnicker and CAROLINE BRADLEY ADAMS as Urleen. Featured in the ensemble are DAN LUSARDI, TYLER JIMENEZ, MICHELLE MERCEDES RUSSELL, DALE ELSTON, JULIUS WILLIAMS, SAM QUINN, ELIZABETH YANICK and MICHAEL BRENNAN.
Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON returns as Sound Designer, TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.
Single tickets for Footloose are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are July 18 – July 29, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.
The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.
The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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