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Furlan Auditorium Production


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 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.

Ren McCormack – Zander Bednall

Ethel McCormack – Mary Rynders

Reverend Shaw Moore – Bryce Lord (Mark Salentine, July 20 only)

Vi Moore – Mary C. DeBattista

Ariel Moore – Allie Beckmann

Willard Hewitt – Andrew Hollenbeck

Rusty/Ensemble – Anne Gore

Urleen/Ensemble – Jeanette Minson

Wendy Jo/Ensemble – Sarah Mergener

Chuck Cranston/Ensemble – Corey Richards

Lyle/Ensemble – Rudy Nimphius

Travis/Ensemble – Christopher Jones

Wes Warnicker – Alden Lewis

Lulu Warnicker – Lisa Brott

Principal Harry Clark/Ensemble – Jack Lynch

Coach Roger Dunbar/Ensemble – Gus Klett

Eleanor Dunbar – Nicole Gorski

Cop/Cowboy Bob – Joaquin Hernandez

Bickle/Ensemble – Jeremy Nickolai

Garvin/Ensemble – Chris Gonyo

Jeter/Ensemble – Evan Mayer

Betty Blast/Ensemble – Chery Mergener


(Supporting Performers)

Lauren Ashley – Ensemble/Urleen US

Emily Busch – Ensemble

Katelyn Follman – Ensemble/Wendy Jo US

Izabela Gasparri – Ensemble

Arika Heinen – Ensemble/Ariel US

Leah Lewis – Ensemble/Rusty US



Conductor/Keyboard – Bill Busch

Keyboard – David Kaap

Guitars – David Kaye & Jay Kummer

Drums – Dan Callies, Pat Hopkins, & Bill Sargent

Flute – Emily Busch


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Stage Director – Mark Salentine

Music Director – Bill Busch

Choreographer – Melissa I. Bloch

Rehearsal Pianist – David Kaap

Set Designer – J. Michael Desper

Lighting Designer – Daniel Weiermann

Costume Designer – Ellen Kozak

Costume Assistant – Kathy Smith

Wig Master/Hairstylist – Anthony Mackie

Properties Coordinator – Jennifer Allen

Sound Engineer – Jan Pritzl

Stage Managers – Lukas Condie & Jeremiah Shaw


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