By Nancy Whitney
Murphy’s McMillen High School students are getting their dancing shoes warmed up as they prepare to present the school’s second musical ever.
“Footloose The Musical” is a stage adaption by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, and is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford.
Audiences will enjoy the smooth dance moves and musical lyrics as they follow Ren, his mother and their move from Chicago to a small farming town.
Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the local laws, including a ban on dancing, which is the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town’s youths. When the Reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid.
“Footloose is a movie that a lot of people are familiar with and I like to do a musical that people already know and love and can sing along with,” director and theater teacher Sherika Gaines said. “We are always happy to do musicals that are upbeat and exciting.”
Gaines said she enjoys doing bigger show during the second semester, which allows for more people to be involved and opens doors to students all over the campus.
“This show is being worked on by the entire Fine Arts Department at McMillen,” she said. “We are all excited to see what happens opening night.”
The show will hit the stage Feb. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for students and $10 adults and can be purchased at the door.
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