FootlooseAuditions for Footloose will be held Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00p.m. at Theatre Charlotte. The show will be directed by Michelle Long with music direction from Ryan Deal and choreography by Lisa Blanton.
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.
Cast of Characters
REVERAND SHAW MOORE — The minister of Bomont County, and father of a teenage girl (Ariel). 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. However, he continues to mourn the death of his son — the one person he could not save and gives only ARIEL and Vi a glimpse of his private anguish. Vocal Range: Baritone
VI MOORE — Shaw's wife who fully understands what kind of unflagging good humor she must display in order to keep her household — and her husband's congregation — running smoothly. She gives us a glimpse of what life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, and the man he could once more become. Vocal Range: Mezzo
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. In her father's presence, she is buttoned-up and demure; with Chuck, she burns off all her unexpressed, explosive energy with raucous, thrill-seeking behavior. Her spirits are an 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. Must be a strong dancer. Vocal Range: Mezzo with soul
REN MCCORMACK — A teenage boy from Chicago. He is a cut-up, a joker who enjoys a good time. After moving to Bomont, 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. His is a journey from boyhood to maturity. Must be a strong dancer. Athletic/tumbling skills a plus. Vocal Range: Middle D to high C
ETHEL MCCORMACK — Ren's mother. They share a teasing, good-natured relationship, but they are weathering a storm together. She sets her pride aside to do what's best for her son and while not naive to the growing up he still has to do, she is fiercely loyal to him. Vocal Range: Mezzo
LULU WARNICKER — Ren's aunt.
WES WARNICKER — Lulu's husband.
COACH ROGER DUNBAR — The high school gym teacher.
ELEANOR DUNBAR — Roger's wife.
RUSTY — Ariel's best friend. Bubbly, romantic, and hopelessly in love with Willard. Strong dancer. Vocal Range: Mezzo
URLEEN — Ariel's friend. Vocal Range: Mezzo
WENDY JO — Ariel's friend. Vocal Range: Mezzo
CHUCK CRANSTON — Ariel's boyfriend. Vocal Range: Tenor
LYLE — Chuck's buddy. Vocal Range: Tenor
TRAVIS — Chuck's buddy. Vocal Range: Baritone
A COP (male or female)
BETTY BLAST — Owner of The Burger Blast restaurant.
PRINCIPAL HARRY / HARRIET CLARK — Principal of the high school.
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. His humor and gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds Ren shows him, solidifies their friendship. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor
JETER — Ren's friend. Vocal Range: Tenor
BICKLE — Ren's friend. Vocal Range: Tenor
GARVIN — Ren's friend. Vocal Range: Baritone
COWBOY BOB / COWGIRL BOBBIE — Lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que restaurant and dance club. Vocal Range: Mezzo
COWBOY BOB'S BAND
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Anyone interested in performing on stage at Theatre Charlotte is welcome to audition. For musicals, generally you will be required to prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition and come dressed to move. For non-musicals you will most likely be asked to read scenes from the script. Perusal copies of scripts are often available for those interested in auditioning. Rehearsals are usually held Sunday through Thursday evenings.