Footloose practices kick off


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Practices began last week Bellwood-Antis’s stage production of Footloose.

Anson Jones and Julianna Norris

Bellwood-Antis has an upcoming musical called Footloose to be held March 29, March 30, and April 1 of 2017.

“Everybody is excited and they can’t wait to get active other than just listening to the music. The music is so fun, the enthusiasm is infectious, and I can’t wait to see what these kids can do,” said Ms. Beth Hull, the Bellwood-Antis High School music director.

The music is so fun, the enthusiasm is infectious, and I can’t wait to see what these kids can do.

— Ms. Hull

The musical Footloose takes place in the 1980s in Beaumont. A group of teenagers were in a car driving down the road drunk, high, and playing loud music when suddenly they wrecked off of a bridge.   Reverend Moore banned dancing and loud music, but a boy named Ren has moved to Beaumont from Chicago and he loved dancing and decided to try and get dancing back.

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Grace Misera is playing Ariel, who is a bad girl preacher’s daughter, while Robert Vankirk is playing Shaw, the preacher. Ryen Beam is playing Ren who is the main character of the musical. Stephanie Mills is playing VI who is Shaw’s wife, and Lucas Tuggy is playing Willard, a romantically awkward, southern boy.

“I want the musical to be successful and for the whole cast to do their best and to enjoy themselves,” said Stephanie Mills.

They have started their rehearsal with an open read through last Tuesday, and this past Sunday there was a full cast choreography session. There are three additional music practices later this week.

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Gina Folpe, Emily Folpe and Rachel Volpe are hard at work preparing the cast of Footloose.

Rachel Volpe Wagner is directing the play, while Emily Volpe is handing the choreography. Gina Folpe is the stage manager.

Most of the cast members want the play to be successful and for everyone do their best.

“I want to make a positive lasting impression on the audience,” said Lucas Tuggy.

Some members just want to have fun and enjoy themselves, but they also want to show the audience how well they can perform.

“I want to do the best that I can as my character and have fun while doing it,” said Robert Vankirk.