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Footloose and fancy free at Parkland

The cast of Footloose. Around 40 students from Grade 9 to 12 at Parkland Secondary present the musical Feb. 6 to 9 at the Parkland Theatre. - Parkland Secondary School photo
The cast of Footloose. Around 40 students from Grade 9 to 12 at Parkland Secondary present the musical Feb. 6 to 9 at the Parkland Theatre.
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NORTH SAANICH — Get ready to cut loose at Parkland Secondary School.

The students of Parkland Secondary School’s Musical Theatre program have been busy rehearsing for their upcoming performance of Footloose at the Parkland Theatre from Feb. 6 to 9.

This musical is full of fabulous 1980s hits such as Somebody’s Eyes, Let’s Hear it for the Boy, Almost Paradise, and of course, the iconic, Footloose.

Director Christine Irving says she has really enjoyed working with the actors for the past five months and can’t wait to showcase her talented cast of students from Grades 9 to 12.

Grade 12 student Michael Bell excels as Ren McCormack, the big city boy who finds himself in small-town Bomont, a town that has made dancing against the law by a pious, yet grief stricken community.

At the helm of this community is Reverend Shaw Moore, who is smartly played by Grade 12 student Reece Hoffman.

His daughter Ariel Moore, beautifully captured by Grade 11 student Kelsi Blashko, is rebellious and misunderstood, living in the shadow of her deceased older brother.

Ariel is at first attracted to the newcomer, but is later inspired by Ren’s passion and joins forces to change the town’s restrictive laws, even if it means opposing her father.

The musical direction is provided by teacher Cristina Sousa and her band, The Cut Loose Ensemble, fabulously choreographed by teacher Jackie Rioux.

The show showcases the talents of over 40 Parkland performers.

Advance tickets for reserved seating are available at Parkland’s accounts office for only $10 each. Arrangements can be made by phone at 250-655-2736 or in person from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, visit the Parkland website at: parkland.sd63.bc.ca.

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