May 10--JEROME -- In the musical "Footloose," high schooler Ren McCormack arrives in a small town and is shocked to find out dancing and rock music are forbidden.
But soon enough, McCormack and the town's teenagers rebel against the ban.
Jerome High School is presenting its production of "Footloose" this weekend. The show opened Thursday, and performances are planned for tonight and Saturday.
Junior Colton Bankhead, who plays McCormack, said his character is a "hot-shot Chicago kid" whose family moves to a small town.
"He has to change everything about his world," he said.
Assistant director Jenna Rade, an English teacher, said "Footloose" is a coming-of-age tale and a timeless classic.
It's easy to relate to the message in the musical, she said, regardless of where you live.
Jerome High's production will include live music performed by four musicians -- three of whom are adults -- on two pianos, percussion equipment and an electric guitar.
Rade said having live music will help provide a rock and roll vibe.
"It will create a whole energy to the show," she said, noting the production will be a fun celebration of music and dance.
About 50 Jerome High students are in the cast. Rade said students put in countless hours since rehearsals started at the beginning of March.
There are a lot of strong leaders in the cast, she said, who have balanced rehearsals with other obligations.
During a rehearsal Friday, May 3, students sat on stage as they stretched. Some sang along with music playing in the background.
Senior Andrea Moreno, who plays the pastor's daughter, said parents in the audience will have a blast watching the musical since they lived through the 80s.
For senior Kenya Thompson, it's her 10th show at Jerome High.
"I think it's a fun show,' she said.
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