Rehearsals at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College for the 2021 College musical are well underway with students excited to be back on stage for this musical production of Footloose.
Following the classic story of Ren McCormack finding his place in a small farming town, and in turn helping a town heal from tragedy, Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness.
Adapted for schools, the production is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford, and music by Tom Snow. The musical combines themes of friendship, love, loss, family, and adolescence. “The show is about breaking barriers, finding freedoms and expression through dance, which is something that our cast can really connect with given that musicals themselves are about letting students express who they are in an artistic way”, said the College’s Head of Learning for Performing Arts, Damian Bernardo.
The College and students alike were disappointed with the cancellation of the 2020 show so there is excitement in the air, and everyone is staying focused on the task ahead. “We are so excited to be putting on a show again,” Damian said. “There is a real buzz amongst the cast, with most of them having worked on this musical for two years now. It is brilliant to see everyone’s commitment hasn’t dwindled.”
With the law of no dancing allowed running throughout the story, Head Choreographer, Denise Tyrikos, has had her work cut out to incorporate sly moves and hidden jazz hands to allow the cast to continually show movement. “It was a challenge at first to get my head around it, but now I am loving the flow of the show and the at times subtle but stand out dance moves”, said Denise.
Throw in a snap lockdown or two, our student cast, as well as the production team, are showing true Caroline Chisholm Catholic College’s spirit through their resilience and patience, and what it means to be a student at the College. Damian is proud to see students who are new to lead roles step up to the occasion. “We have an amazing team working behind the scenes, and the cast as a whole are close-knit and really take care for each other; COVID has taught them how lucky they are and how important it is to look after everyone”, added Damian.
Performing for two nights only, opening night is set for Thursday, 2 September 2021. So, don’t miss out on kicking off those Sunday shoes and book your seat today by visiting trybooking.com/BRBJG
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