Young Rugby actors in Footloose

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With dazzling dance and fabulous musical numbers, Rugby Theatre Youth Project’s Footloose will be taking to the stage on Wednesday July 31 to August 4.

And who better to tackle this tale of teenage rebellion than young actors from across Rugby?

Footloose, the theatre’s 17th summer youth project, is set in the late 20th century in Mid West America. Due to financial pressures brought on by his father’s abandonment, Ren McCormak and his mother have to move to a small town in the middle of nowhere, called Bomont. Four of Bomont’s brightest teenagers were killed in a car crash whilst travelling back from a dance. Reverend Shaw Moore (who’s son was one of the four) convinced the town to ban dancing. Can Ren, a teenager who loves dancing with an eye on the Reverend’s daughter, convince the town that dancing is not a crime?

The Youth Project is put together over with children and young people in all the key roles, both on and off stage. The Youth Project began in the late 1990s to bring Rugby Theatre closer to the local community and to date nearly 1,300 students have taken part in the 17 projects. 102 performances have been given and it has been attended by approximately 22,000 people. This year the theatre welcomes back Graeme Henderson for his second show as choreographer. He is joined by Janet Devenish as director and Jonathan Rees as musical director, both of whom have given many years service to Rugby Theatre’s youth project. The award-winning show has been staged worldwide ever since its inception in 1998 and contains music by Tom Snow, Kenny Loggins and Eric Carmen. Performances are nightly at 7.30pm from July 31 to August 3 with matinees at 3pm on August 3 and 4. Tickets, £13.50, can be bought at the box office in person, by telephone on 01788 541234 or online at rugbytheatre.co.uk.