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Footloose the musical

June 10 - July 20
Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
Produced by special arrangement with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Library

Based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose the Musical tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of a local minister’s efforts have banned rock music and dancing.  Footloose originally opened on Broadway in 1998 and ran for 709 performances and was nominated for four Tony Awards.  A remake of the film opened in movie theaters in 2011. 

2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of the iconic movie and the 25th Anniversary of the popular "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon". Bacon's charity, SixDegrees.org recently promoted Amish Acres "Footloose Don't Dance 5K Run" on social media through Facebook and Twitter. The 5K will take place June 7 and will support Big Brothers Big Sisters by providing free theatre tickets to Little Brothers and Sisters.


Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Footloose Press Release
Read a Recent Story about Footloose by Frank Ramirez
Read a Recent Article about Footloose in The South Bend Tribune
Read a Recent Review of Footloose in The Papers
Download a Free Song from the Original Broadway Cast

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Footloose
Archive Photographs

 

A Note from the Director…

Heaven helps the man who fights his fear…

Like many people my age, Footloose provided the soundtrack to my childhood.  Growing up in a conservative home, I couldn’t always listen to “secular” music.  I remember specifically being at a friend’s house who had the cassette on his walk-man, and getting to listen to this iconic music for the very first time.  I didn’t want it to end!  I just kept rewinding the tape and starting it over from the beginning, and when I went home the next morning, my life had been changed forever.  I immediately sought out the film and the rest is history.  There are so many great messages to take away from this simple yet powerful story, but the one I choose to focus on is “pain management”.  It is very interesting to me that every character in this story finds unique ways to handle the pain they are dealing with in their lives.  Whether it is Shaw shutting down, Ariel lashing out, or even Willard fighting, this town is haunted by the pain of its past.  Ren’s arrival provides a catalyst for everyone to examine themselves more closely and find a way to deal with the pain they had been living with for years.  By standing alone in his belief system, he shows us all what it truly means to have courage, and allows the town to find some measure of healing.  This is the only show I’ve encountered where every single character finds that sort of peace.  Special thanks to Alex for all that you have done, and to Travis, my constant collaborator, you mean so much to me and to this company!  Finally, to our patrons, I hope you will enjoy this wonderful piece of my history and how I interpreted it for you.  Go in peace!

Jeremy Littlejohn

 

A Note from the Music Director…

Welcome to Footloose!  It's been fun rehearsing such an upbeat, rockin' show!  As a music director it is always refreshing to explore different styles of music that exist in the world of "show tunes".  Little Shop of Horrors, for example, represented a more traditional style of musical theatre focusing on the style of the 50's "doo-wop" intertwined with some 70's funk and soul.  Footloose, on the other hand, is primarily the sound of the 80's.  Though some of the added songs, such as "Learning To Be Silent" are more contemporary musical theatre.  That is what is so great about musicals!  There is something for everyone.  Enjoy the show! 

Travis Smith


Footloose Cast

   

Ren McCormack

 

Alexander Copas

Ethel McCormack

 

Carissa McCurdy

Reverend Shaw Moore

 

Ryan A. Schisler

Vi Moore

 

Amber Burgess

Ariel Moore

 

Marian van Noppen

Lulu Warnicker

 

Pam Gunterman

Wes Warnicker

 

Robert Windsor

Coach Roger Dunbar

 

Sam Brown

Rusty

 

Samantha Disney

Urleen

 

Abby Murray Vachon

Wendy Jo

 

Nicole Tompkins

Chuck Cranston

 

Joe Ford

Lyle

 

Justin Williams

Travis

 

Travis Cox

Willard Hewitt

 

Shelby Tyler Nichols

Bickle

 

Travis Bird

Garvin

 

Tim Becze

Cowboy Bob

 

Travis Bird

 

Footloose Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Choreographer

 

Alexander Copas

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

 

Timothy James

Company Manager

 

Joe Ford

Technical Director

 

Tom Slavey

ASM/Sound

 

Erin Clossen

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master

 

Timothy James

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Web Design

 

Brian Bell

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

 

Scenes and Musical Numbers

 

Act I
Scene 1 The City of Chicago

 

Footloose

Company

The Town of Bomont, in Church

 

On Any Sunday

Company

Scene 2 The Town of Bomont, after Church

 

Scene 3 A Gas Station

 

The Girl Gets Around

Chuck, Ariel, Travis & Lyle

Scene 4 A High School Hallway

 

I Can't Stand Still

Ren

Somebody's Eyes

Rusty, Wendy Jo & Urleen

Scene 5 The Moore Home

 

Learning To Be Silent

Vi, Ethel & Ariel

Scene 6 The Burger Blast

 

Holding Out For a Hero

Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo & Urleen

Scene 7 The Great Plains of Bomont

 

Scene 8 The Moore Home

 

Heaven Help Me

Shaw

Scene 9 The High Schol Gym/The Church

 

I'm Free/Heaven Help Me (Reprise)

Ren, Shaw & Company

Act II

 

Scene 1 The Bar-B-Que, a Country / Western Dance Hall

 

Still Rockin'

Cowboy Bob

Let's Hear It For The Boy

Rusty & Company

Scene 2 The Moore Home

 

Can You Find It In Your Heart?

Vi

Scene 3 A Gas Station

 

Mama Says (You Can't Back Down)

Willard, Bickle, Garvin & Ren

Mama Says (Encore)

Willard & Boys

Scene 4 Under the Train Bridge

 

Almost Paradise

Ren & Ariel

Scene 5 The Town Hall

 

Scene 6 The Church

 

Heaven Help Me (Reprise)

Shaw

Scene 7 The Church

 

Can You Find It In Your Heart?

Shaw

Scene 8 The Gym

 

Footloose (Finale)

Company

 

Cast Biographies

Tim Becze (Garvin) is originally from Brighton, IN, and is very excited to be working with the Round Barn Theatre.  Outside of theater, Tim loves to spend time at home on the family farm, working, painting or reading.  Tim is currently a senior Theater Arts major at Bethel College.
Thank you to family and friends for all the wonderful love and support.

 

 

 

 

Travis Bird (Bickle) is blessed and excited to be joining the Round Barn Theatre’s 2014 production of Footloose. Travis lives in Decatur, IN with his father and earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice performance at Ball Sate University. In college, he was a member of the BSU Chamber Choir and secretary of Down the Line Theater Company. He studied voice with Dr. Karri York and Dr. Kathleen Maurer. He was fortunate to be cast in Ball State Opera Theater’s Productions as Federico in L’amico Fritz and Bill in A Hand of Bridge under the direction of Mr. Joseph Levitt. One of his favorite roles was Don Octave in The Stoned Guest directed by the Round Barn Theater alum Julie Lyn Barber. His Wells Community Theater credits include Jesus in Godspell and the Artful Dodger in Oliver! directed by Kim Mann. He would like to take this opportunity to thank all of his family, friends and colleagues who have supported him throughout his journey!

Sam Brown (Coach Roger Dunbar) is delighted to return to the Joseph Stein Stage for Footloose the musical.  Sam began performing at the Round Barn Theatre in 1997 and has been a part of over 700 performances of Plain and Fancy, mostly as Dan King. He was last seen at the Round Barn Theatre as Serge in the Second Stage Production of Art in 2009, and as George Bailey in A Wonderful Life in 2008.  Audiences may also remember Sam as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, King Pellinore in Camelot or Charles Thomson in 1776.  In addition to performing, he was worked extensively behind the scenes as a Stage Manager, House Manager and Properties Master.  He currently resides in Osceola, Indiana with his wife and two children.
Enjoy the show!

 

Amber Burgess (Vi / Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to the Round Barn stage after showing her true colors as the Wicked Witch in last season's The Wizard of Oz.  She has been involved at RBT as the director of Sisters of Swing and last season's 9 to 5, and is the resident costume designer for the 2014 season.  Memorable RBT roles include June in Smoke on the Mountain, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lilli / Kate in Kiss Me Kate and Carrie in Carousel.  Amber is also a board member of the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, a finisher in the 2013 Chicago Half Marathon, and is a member of the Salt Creek Quilters guild.  She would like to thank Kevin, Oxford, and her family for the inspiration, love, and support that made her dreams a possibility. Visit www.amber-burgess.com.

 

Alexander Copas (Ren / Choreographer) is thrilled to be working on a project that he holds close to his heart.  He has been in such shows as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (Dr. Horrible / Billy), Cats (Rum Tum Tugger) and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas).
I would like to thank my friends and family for their continuous support as well as all of you!  Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

 

 

Travis Cox (Travis) is originally from Elkhart, Indiana and graduated from ORU with a B.A. in Theatre and Music.  He has performed in Oklahoma, Wyoming, Illinois and Indiana in various Musical and Shakespeare productions.

 

 

 

 

Samantha Disney (Rusty) This is Sam's first season with the Round Barn Theatre. Previous roles include: Swing in It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple and Orange Girl in SHOUT! The Mod Musical!  Sam is also part of the work/ study program at Steps on Broadway, and has performed in several cabarets in NYC. BFA Musical Theatre- Missouri State University.
Much love to friends and family for their love and support. 

 

 

 

Joe Ford (Chuck / Company Manager) was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, then received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  The majority of years since then have been spent in the theatres of Portland, OR and Chicago, IL.  Favorite productions around the country include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden, Cinderella’s Prince / Wolf in Into the Woods, Joseph in Joseph…and the U.S. Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera.  Joe thinks his parents are awesome, and that his cat, Monkey, is the best cat in the world.

 

 

Pam Gunterman (Lulu) is excited to be a part of the 2014 season at The Round Barn Theatre. Pam lives just down the road in Bremen and has appeared in previous RBT productions including Camelot, Steel Magnolias, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Plain and Fancy in 2013.
I am thankful to my husband Tony for his continued love and support and to God for life and its endless opportunities.

 

 

 

Carissa McCurdy (Ethel McCormack) is thrilled to be back at The Round Barn Theatre after playing Karin in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping last season. She holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Bowling Green State University. She is originally from Sherwood, OH, but currently resides in New York City. Favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown and The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods. She'd like to thank family, friends, and JB for their love and support.
As always---for Mom.

 

Shelby Tyler Nichols (Willard) is from Southeastern Georgia, a graduate of Valdosta State University, and you may remember him as the Emerald City Guard in last year's The Wizard of Oz. He spends much of his time performing for children, whether it be all over the U.S. or overseas. Shelby is so very thankful to rejoin his family at The Round Barn and hopes you enjoy the season this year. He thanks everyone who has supported him along the way, especially his Mama, who is always there, no matter what.
Enjoy and God bless!  

 

Ryan A. Schisler (Rev. Moore) is a 2012 Murray State graduate from Owensboro, Kentucky. He was recently seen at Theatre West Virginia where he played the villainous Jim Vance in Hatfields and McCoys. Other favorite credits include Moonface Martin in Anything Goes and directing The Drowsy Chaperone.
I would like to thank my family for all their love and support.

 

 

 

Nicole Tompkins (Wendy Jo) is thrilled to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre stage where her most recent credit was State Fair. A graduate of Wright State University with a BFA in Acting, she has performed most recently in Dayton, OH and Clinton, IA.  Favorite credits include Maria in The Sound of Music, Illona in She Loves Me, and Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Much love and gratitude to my family and friends for their unwavering support while I pursue my dreams.

 

 

Abby Murray Vachon (Urleen) is originally from Mishawaka, Indiana, and is going to be a Senior Musical Theatre Major (BFA) at Wright State University.  Previously she was seen as Kathy in 9 to 5 at The Round Barn Theatre.  Other notable credits include Les Misérables (Fantine), The Wild Party (Ensemble / Kate u/s), All in the Timing (Betty), You Can’t Take it With You (Alice), and Snow White (Snow White).  This fall she can be seen as Agatha Christie in Vanishing Point and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.
Much love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Nick and Michael.

 

 

Marian van Noppen (Ariel) is thrilled to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut!  Born and raised in North Carolina, Marian is a “Carolina Girl” and loves her Southern roots.  She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Randolph College and is currently based in New York City.  Some of her favorite roles include Ariel in Footloose, Lorraine in All Shook Up and Wendla in Spring Awakening.  When she’s not on stage, Marian loves costuming, tumbling, laughing and embarking on new adventures.  Marian is grateful to Amish Acres for this exciting experience!

 

 

Justin Williams (Lyle)  is thrilled to making his debut at The Round Barn Theatre! Justin is a Granger, IN native, but attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, NY. Some of his favorite roles include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin in Pippin, Marius in Les Misérables and Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Justin would like to thank Jeremy for this incredible opportunity! He would also like to thank Hannah and his family for their undying support and love!

 

 

Robert Windsor (Uncle Wes) grew up around Middlebury and Elkhart, Indiana.  He graduated from Northridge High School and has been involved with Community Theatre since 2012.  His favorite role was Sir Robin in Spamalot with Elkhart Civic Theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Biographies

Erin Clossen (Sound) is a stage manager, director, and performer originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked with many professional theatres including BoarsHead Theater, Williamston Theatre, Stormfield Theatre and White Heron Theatre Company as well as with Michigan State University’s Transforming Theatre Ensemble and MSU’s Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center. Favorite past projects include Spinning Into Butter (Sarah Daniels), How I Learned to Drive (Female Greek Chorus), The Most Massive Woman Wins (Director), For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Director), Among Friends (SM), Forbidden Broadway (ASM), All Childish Things (ASM)and The High Rise: A Comedy in Mask (Co-Writer, Featured Ensemble). Erin holds a BA in Theatre from Aquinas College.

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is from Anderson, SC and is pleased to be starting his career here at the Round Barn Theatre.  Timothy attended Anderson University where he received a B.A. in Theater with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. While at Anderson University, he learned that his passion for theater did not simply fall into one category. He have a love for all things in the theater whether it be acting or “behind- the- scenes”. Though his passion for theater is vast his focus still remains on Stage Management. Some of his favorite shows he has stage managed for would be The Misanthrope and A Raisin in the Sun, where he received nominations for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival,a local theater competition. He hopes to be just as successful while here at the Round Barn Theatre.  

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is so pleased to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for his sixth season as Artistic Director.  Jeremy grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997.  He is probably remembered for his performance credits but is most proud of introducing plays the Round Barn patrons by way of the Second Stage.  He was particularly excited to celebrate the ten year anniversary and reopening of the Second Stage with this season’s very successful Greater Tuna.  He has logged nearly 800 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles; and directed the show six times, including the 20th Anniversary season.  Some of his other directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Lost in Yonkers, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, Kiss Me Kate, and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher. Visit www.iamjlj.com for more details.

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to The Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 27 consecutive years having surpassed 3,700 performances before audiences of over 355,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over one hundred Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags and a second stage production of Enter Laughing

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletcher’s and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007.  Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana.  Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music.  While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own Construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County.  He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start his own.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is excited to be back at The Round Barn for another great season. Prior roles here include Abel Frake in State Fair, Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men, and the Tin Man in last season’s holiday production, The Wizard of Oz. He has also served as the resident Music Director for the past 4 seasons. In his free time, Travis is a freelance composer and arranger and is excited that one of his projects, Steeple People, will be presented here at Amish Acres in the Fall. Please check out www.travis-smith.com for more information about Travis and Steeple People
Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!

 

Footloose
Theme Dinners: June 13 and July 8

Each Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest solely with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.

Theme Dinner reservations required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.

Dancin' the Night Away

Soup
Wild Rice Soup

Appetizers
Ren's Chicken Drummettes
Heaven Help Me Humm-us
Kevin Bacon Slider

Salad
Mama's Spinach Salad with Kevin Bacon

Bread
Small Town Corn Bread
Rock 'n Rolls

Entrees
Betty Blast's Bar B Que Ribs
Big City Beef

Pasta
Platinum Pasta
Scalloped Potatoes

Vegetables
Bomont Broccoli
Top 40 Mixed Vegetables

Desserts
Preacher Pies
On Any Sundaes
Almost Paradise Cherry Pie
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
Paradise Punch
Lemon Shake Up
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge)