Orpheus Musical Theatre Society presents Footloose

Continuing in their trend of incorporating more modern works in their repertoire, Orpheus begins their three-show season with Footloose, a musical based on the popular 1984 film, including music by popular 80′s artists Kenny Loggins, Eric Carmen and Sammy Hagar.

Orpheus Presents FootlooseOne 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.  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 15 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 and allowing love and joy to heal the heart.     (Source: R&H)

Orpheus Footloose posterFootloose is a musical adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie based on an original screenplay by Dean Pitchford.  It is directed by Shaun Toohey, with musical direction by Wendy Berkelaar.  The show runs at Centrepointe Theatre from November 23rd to December 2nd.  It stars Mathieu-Phillipe Perras (as Ren), Ken Tucker, Donna Castonguay, Courtney Vezina, Debbie Millett, Alison Foley Howard, Michael Schilder, Rob Singlehurst, Liane Way, Becky Abbott, Andréa Black, Stephanie Stroud, Brennan Richardson, Brandyn Mascall, Drake Evans, Cindy Beaton, Lawrence Evanchick, Phillip Merriman, Jordan King, Andrew Portolesi, Alex Brunjes, Dave Rowan, as well as an adult and teen ensemble. Tickets start at $37, with discounts for seniors and students. They can be purchased online at the Centrepointe Theatre website, by calling 613-580-2700, or at the Centrepointe box office at 101 Centrepointe Drive.

Other Media

The Production Ottawa review of Footloose.
Footloose: An upbeat musical that is sometimes exciting… (Capital Critics Circle)
Footloose: Orpheus Musical etc etc (Capital Critics Circle)
Review: (Ottawa) Footloose (Charlebois Post)

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Preview article prepared by Reena Belford with information and poster from the Orpheus website.
Feature photo and gallery photos taken for Production Ottawa by Production Ottawa photographer, David Pasho

What people are saying:

  1. Monique Ecroyd says:

    Don’t miss this fabulous show! The cast, production team and crew have been working very hard the last few months and it will be a wonderful production.

    • Allan Mackey says:

      Thank you for your comment, Monique. From the photos it does indeed look like it’s going to be a fun show and I’m familiar with a couple of the actors — it’ll be interesting to hear them sing. I’m glad tickets seem to be going so quickly and am eagerly looking forward to opening night.

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