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At Herndon High School, 'Cut Loose'

"Everybody cut, everybody cut!" opens Herndon High School's production of the hit musical, "Footloose." The Fine Arts Department is combining forces for this spectacle, presenting it on May 7-10, 7:30 p.m., in the HHS Auditorium.

Herndon is thrilled to present another musical following their fall production of "Working" by Studs Terkel. "Footloose" is a unique show with upbeat songs that are frequently heard on the radio. This show, based on the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, premiered on Broadway in 1998 with new music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Hit songs, including "Footloose," "Almost Paradise," and "Let's Hear it for the Boy," combine with energetic dances to make the show fun for everyone.

The show is under the direction of Herndon theater teacher, John Whapham, with assistance from the choral director, Dana Van Slyke, and choreographer, Kristin Fieseler, associate professor of dance at DeSales University. This production features a large cast and crew of over 80 Herndon High School students.

"Footloose" follows the story of Ren McCormick who is forced to move to a "town nobody's ever heard of" after his father leaves him in Chicago. He moves to the town of Bomont where Ren encounters something he never expected — laws forbidding dancing of any kind. Compared to the hustle and bustle of urban Chicago, he is lost and confined in his new home. When he tries to get the law repealed, he faces the power of the town's Reverend. Ren soon realizes that it is going to take more than a few wise cracks to break the town's conservative outlook. He never expects to find himself uncovering the town's tragic past while developing a budding relationship with the Reverend's daughter.

The show was cast in February with rehearsals continuing though March and April. Tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens and $8 for general admission. Herndon High School's address is 700 Bennett Street off of Dranesville Road. This production is presented through special arrangements from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library. For more information, call the drama room at 703-810-2341.