Footloose, Alnwick Playhouse, Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 and 8, 7.30pm. Tickets £8, £7 conc, £6 child/student.
IF you’re holding out for a hero, maybe the senior group of the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre can help you look in the right place as they bring the ’80s classic Footloose to the stage.
The Kevin Bacon vehicle is an enjoyable, foot-tapping, thigh-slapping extravaganza featuring well-known songs such as Holding Out For A Hero, Hear It For The Boys and Kenny Loggins’ title track.
And the senior group of the Youth Theatre (13 to 19-year-olds) will have to be on top of their game to rival the middle group (10 to 13-year-olds) who impressed in November with their rendition of The Jungle Book.
The release of a new version of the film this year brought Footloose to a new audience so old and new fans alike can follow Ren’s adventures.
Ren, a teenager raised in the city, has to move with his mother to a small town, where dancing and rock music have been outlawed thanks to the preacher due to a fatal accident.
But Ren, who starts to fall for the preacher’s daughter, is determined not to take this lying down and vows to change the town’s rules.
He eventually manages to change everyone’s minds about the power and importance of dance.
So the audience is sure to be wowed by superb songs and dazzled by the dance moves as the townspeople fall into Ren’s way of thinking and embrace dancing.
Last winter, the senior group of the Alnwick Playhouse impressed with their Les Miserables, another world-famous musical recreated for the Playhouse audience.
This year, the theme may be a bit more upbeat but it’s sure to be just as much of a fantastic showcase for the talents of the 13 to 19-year-olds of north Northumberland.
Make sure you don’t miss these potential future stars of stage and screen as they bop their way all over the stage in a show that will make you want to get up and dance in the aisles – as long as it’s not banned!
And in the words of Ren himself: “Hey, hey! What’s this I see? I thought this was a party. LET’S DANCE!”