This past weekend, audiences poured into Garland Theater for four amazing performances of the Upper School musical, Footloose. Over 50 Upper School students participated as performers on stage, musicians in the band, backstage crew, lighting/sound board operators, or front of house staff. Boys from Patterson Mill, City College and McDonogh School also participated in the show.
Footloose is the popular tale of Ren and his mother's move from Chicago to a small farming town, and his adjustment to the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth. The cast of the GFS show wowed audiences through their retelling of this heartfelt story, set to the rockin' rhythm of songs we know and love.
"There is so much heart in this musical," said Director and Performing Arts Department Chair Rachel Waller. "There are real and complex relationships happening on stage. There are so many layers for the characters themselves. Plus, of course, there is the joy of dancing. The themes in this show have really been hitting home for me and the cast: being the outsider, struggling with pain and loss, and the collective catharsis that comes when a community comes together. But the thing that I keep coming back to is the word JOY. Sometimes it takes us a long time and a winding, difficult path to finally reach the joy at the end of our journey. And I tend to believe that the challenges in life make the rewards that much sweeter."
See the playbill for the full cast list and enjoy the photos below by Selina Ma '20 and Tiffany Yang '20.