Auditions

Footloose!

Students 6th grade – 12th grade are invited to audition for S.K.I.T.’s presentation of Footloose. Auditions will be held at Bethany Baptist Church on January 23 and 24, 2015.

Use this link to sign-up for an audition time. Only sign up for ONE group audition time. You will receive a confirmation email with your audition packet once your submission has been processed.

Optional: A memorized monologue can be presented for the audition panel separate from a group audition. You must sign up for the monologue audition separately from the group audition. Use the link above to do both. Monologues must be no longer than 2 minutes and you will be expected to participate in a group audition as well.

Format

Auditions will take place in groups of 10. Each group will participate in 30 minutes of dance and 30 minutes of cold reading from the script. Then the groups will combine for vocal auditions.  All auditioners must stay for the entire audition.

Call-backs – Sunday, January 25, 2 pm – 5  pm

Casting choices will be narrowed down after initial auditions. Some actors will be called back to do further read-throughs from the show.

Rehearsals

Footloose rehearsals are Monday nights from 6 pm – 9 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 12:30 pm. All rehearsals are held at Bethany Baptist Church. Performances are May 1-9, 2015. View the complete show schedule.

Plot Outline

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago 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 youth. When the Reverend’s rebellious daughter, Ariel, 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. With its Oscar’-nominated hit score (the film soundtrack album has sold over 15 million copies world-wide), the celebrated film musical now bursts explosively onto the stage.

Cast of Characters (35)

The major characters in Footloose have one trait in common: they are all survivors. Their circumstances, no matter how tragic, have not defeated them. As a consequence, the audience finds them likable, sympathetic, and human. That said, each role is unique and presents the actor with specific challenges. Thumbnail sketches of some of these characters are provided, below, illustrating likely qualities in those characters.

REVEREND SHAW MOORE – The minister of Bomont County, Ariel’s father. The secret to the character of Reverend Moore is that he is charismatic. Charming, even. Shaw has a quick mind, a loving heart and a sense of humor. All of which endear him to his congregation. While trying to be strong for so many people, however, he continues to mourn the death of his son – the one person he could not save. Only ARIEL and VI (and eventually Ren) get a glimpse of this private anguish and the flashes of frustration and temper that arise form that.

VI MOORE – Shaw’s wife. Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship with her husband, Vi fully understands what kind of unflagging good humor she must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation – running smoothly. With her plucky irreverence, she gives us a glimpse of what life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, when theirs was a marriage both passionate and playful.

ARIEL MOORE – Shaw and Vi’s daughter. Ariel is smart. She understands the rules of the different worlds she moves between and, in each situation, she plays her part brilliantly. When she’s in her father’s presence, for instance, she is buttoned-up and demure; with Chuck, she burns off all her unexpressed, explosive energy with raucous, thrill-seeking behavior. Ariel loves to laugh – with Chuck, her girlfriends and, eventually, with Ren. However, her spirits are, quite often, her attempt to keep a lid on the grief she feels about her brother’s death and the loss of her once loving relationship with her father.

REN MCCORMACK – A teenage boy from Chicago. Ren must sing and dance – and he must also be witty (good comedic timing). Ren is a cut-up, a joker who enjoys a good time (which is why his pals are upset to find out he’s leaving Chicago in the opening number). Lately, though, his fun-loving attitude has taken on a tone of desperation, as he tries too hard to convince the world – and himself – that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him as deeply as it has. Ariel is the first character to get Ren to talk about that sticky subject. Sharing that intimacy early on becomes the basis for Ren’s and Ariel’s relationship. Ren’s emotional journey starts with his being feisty and flippant in Act 1, continues through his thoughtful argument to the Town Council, and ends with this emotional final confrontation with Reverend Moore. It’s a journey from boyhood to maturity.

ETHEL MCCORMACK – Ren’s mother. Where does Ren get his intelligence, his resilience and his sense of humor? From his mother, of course! It’s hard for Ethel to be living in her sister’s home and abiding by her brother-in-law’s rules. However, she never succumbs to the pathos of her situation. After all, she has to be strong for Ren. Their mutual loss (the walking-out of her husband / Ren’s father) has brought them closer together. They share a teasing, good-natured relationship.

RUSTY – Ariel’s best friend. Rusty may come off as sassy and self-assured, but, in many ways she is the most deeply romantic character in the story. She truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together. However, they are so inept about expressing themselves, that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor – to ultimately bring that about.

URLEEN – Ariel’s friend.
WENDY JO – Ariel’s friend.

WILLARD HEWITT – Ren’s friend, a country boy. Willard is not dumb. He is a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defense against a world that he often has trouble comprehending. Willard just hasn’t had anyone come along to puncture his macho belligerence – until Ren arrives. After that, the humor in the character of Willard derives from his gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds that Ren opens up to him.

JETER – Ren’s friend.
BICKLE – Ren’s friend.
GARVIN – Ren’s friend.
LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt.
WES WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband.
COACH ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher.
ELEANOR DUNBAR – Roger’s wife.
CHUCK CRANSTON – Ariel’s boyfriend.
LYLE – Chuck’s buddy.
TRAVIS – Chuck’s buddy.
A COP (male or female)
BETTY BLAST – Owner of The Burger Blast restaurant.
PRINCIPAL HARRY / HARRIET CLARK – Principal of the high school.
COWBOY BOB / COWGIRL BOBBIE – Lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que restaurant and dance club.
COWBOY BOB’S BAND
TOWNSPEOPLE
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Songs

  • Footloose | Ren and the Company
  • On Any Sunday | Rev. Shaw Moore and the Company
  • The Girl Gets Around | Chuck, Ariel, Travis and Lyle
  • I Can’t Stand Still | Ren
  • Somebody’s Eyes | Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo and the Company
  • Learning To Be Silent | Vi, Ethel and Ariel
  • Holding Out For A Hero | Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo and Urleen
  • Heaven Help Me | Shaw
  • Still Rockin’ | Cowboy Bob and his Band
  • I’m Free/ Heaven Help Me | Ren, Shaw and the Company
  • Let’s Hear It For The Boy | Rusty and the Company
  • Still Rockin’ | Cowboy Bob and his Band
  • Can You Find It In Your Heart? | Vi
  • Dancing Is Not A Crime  | Ren
  • Let’s Hear It For The Boy | Rusty and the Company
  • Mama Says (You Can’t Back Down) | Willard and Boys
  • Almost Paradise | Ren and Ariel
  • Dancing Is Not A Crime | Ren, Willard, Bickle, Garvin and Jeter
  • Footloose (Finale) | The Company