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Sneak peek – Munster High School’s Footloose ‘kicks off the Sunday shoes’ April 25–28

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MUNSTER, Ind. (April 24, 2024) – Loose feet will be tapping this weekend as Munster High School students bring the rollicking musical Footloose to life.

Based on the film of the same name — which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year — Footloose follows the story of Ren McCormack, a transplanted teen from Chicago who finds himself in small-town Bomont, where dancing is banned. With Ren as its spark, the town’s youth rebel, face their trauma, and find the joy of dancing again.

On the Munster stage, DeAnthony Bowden plays Ren with youthful vigor in his first musical role. Equally impressive is Ariyah Jamerson as Ariel Moore, the only young person in the town who seems able to withstand her own father’s death grip on the town’s fun-having.

In his director’s note, Ray Palasz said, “We have worked on highlighting three main themes of this show: fighting for what one believes in, listening to your opposition, and overcoming traumatic experiences.”

Performances will take place April 25–28 in the Munster High School Auditorium, located at 8808 Columbia Avenue. Showtimes are all at 7 p.m. apart from Sunday, which is at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at munaud.booktix.com.

Photo preview

The photos below were taken on April 24 at a media preview of the show:

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Footloose will run from April 25–28 in the Munster High School Auditorium. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Ariyah Jamerson shines in her role as Ariel Moore. She’s pictured with Logan Hayes as Chuck Cranston. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
DeAnthony Bowden plays a lively and fun-loving Ren McCormack. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Vi Moore (Clover Sarkady) confronts her husband Shaw (Logan Dumaresq). (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Evvy Kikkert plays the role of Ethel McCormack. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Ren McCormack (DeAnthony Bowden) speaks to his friend Willard Hewitt (Will Hazel). (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Projection Designer for the show was Emma Starkey. The school’s technical theatre class helped construct the set. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
These ladies need a hero. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
And he’s got to be fresh from the fight. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Ren (DeAnthony Bowden) has a heart-to-heart with Ariel (Ariyah Jamerson). (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Logan Dumaresq as Reverend Shaw Moore, the hyper-conservative fun-killing leader of Bomont. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.