October 21, 2014

Additional Auditions for FOOTLOOSE scheduled this Sunday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

…for students in middle school
and high school only.
The Barn Junior Production of…

Stage Adaptation
by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by Tom Snow & Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins & Jim Steinman
Directed by John Robison
Musical Direction by Todd Kendall Gregory-Downs
Choreographed by Guy Gardner

Sunday, October 26th from 2pm – 4pm
At St. Pius School
55th and Woodson, Mission, KS

Seeking a multi-ethnic cast of students in grades 7-12.

Auditions will be an open call both days, and will consist of singing a prepared 32-bar selection of a song from a Broadway Musical and the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. No auditions with a CD backing track will be allowed. Acapella auditions are discouraged, but not prohibited.

Please Provide: Sheet Music for you audition, and resumes are suggested, if available. Please bring a current photo—this can be a professional headshot, but a current school photo works just as well. Come dressed to move, as there will be a dance/movement exercise. Formal dance training is NOT a requirement! There may be cold readings from the script as well.

Rehearsals will begin with a cast and family meeting in early November
The typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday through Thursday night from 7 – 10pm. Conflicts with the schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week (1/11 – 1/15).

January 16th – 25th
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

All performances take place at…
The Barn Players Theatre
6219 Martway in Mission, KS

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guid
ing them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Rev. Shaw Moore: 40s – 50s, charismatic, charming, deeply religious, quick minded, a loving heart. Outwardly, strong for his congregation, inwardly, weak, as he still mourns for his dead son, and worries for his impulsive, but precious daughter.

Ren McCormack: teens – 20s, witty, full of energy, goes from being feisty and flippant to fully exploring his emotions as he journeys from boyhood to maturity of the course of events. The loss of his father proves common ground with Ariel as their relationship blossoms. The hero of the show.

Willard Hewitt: teens – 20s, not dumb, but a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defense against a world he has trouble comprehending. Humorous, a great friend to Ren, and totally in love with Rusty, but slow to show it.

Chuck Cranston: teens – 20s, Ariel's boyfriend. Self assured, cocky, ignorant, a bully. Confident of his own importance, he realizes too late that Ariel is too good for him. A natural enemy to Ren.
Lyle & Travis: teens – 20s, Chuck's buddies. Carbon copies of Chuck. Love a good laugh, have no respect.

Coach Roger Dunbar: 40s – 60s, high school gym teacher. Fully supportive of the town's philosophy. Loves to bully his students, especially Ren.

Wes Warnicker: 40s – 60s, Ren's uncle. Trying to be his father, but not succeeding. Has little tolerance for the kids of the town.
Principal Harry Clark: 30s – 60s, fully supportive of the town's philosophy. Enforces it throughout his school. Tough and regimental.

Cowboy Bob: 30s – 60s, cameo role at Cowboy Bob's. The lead at the club. Confident, a ladies man.

Jeter, Bickle, & Garvin: teens – 20s, Ren's friends - confident, energetic, supportive, fun.

Ariel Moore: teens – 20s, smart, completely aware of how to behave in front of her father and how different to behave with her friends. Dreams of getting out of the 'small town' prison she's in. Passionte, explosive and thrill-seeking.
Vi Moore: 40s – 50s, despite the loss of her son and her strained relationship with her husband, she displays unflagging good humor. Strong, resilient and proud, she is trying to do the best for daughter Ariel.

Rusty: teens – 20s, sassy and self assured, but on the quiet, deeply romantic side. The best friend a girl could have, loyal, amusing and sharp. She knows Willard and her are destined for each other.

Urleen & Wendy Jo: teens – 20s, great friends to Ariel and the girls, sassy, cheeky and desperate for fun.

Ethel McCormack: 30s – 40s, intelligent, with a real dry humor, fighting to be a good single mother for Ren. Loves her son dearly, tries to keep the peace but doesn't always agree with the town's rules.

Lulu Warnicker: 40s – 60s, proud of her town and family, deeply religious. At first supportive but later a little concerned for the wayward actions of Ren and her sister's handling of her son.

Eleanor Dunbar: 40s – 60s, Coach Dunbar's wife. Fully supportive of the ban on unsuitable youth behaviour in the community. Outspoken, confident.

Betty Blast: 30s – 60s, comic cameo role. Owner of the local burger joint. Proud of the kids, a little less judgmental. She is wise and fully aware of the town's politics.

For more information, please contact Jason Coats, Educational Coordinator at barnjr@thebarnplayers.org or Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at emagnitude@me.com.

The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged

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