Young performers cut loose with Footloose

Berea residents in the cast are: (back) Nondumiso Ngcobo, Alex Whitehead, Alex van Schalkwyk, Rae Du Plooy, Thomas Larche, Sange Matebese (seated) Leah Mari, Bella Webber, Matthew Dufourq, (front) Maxine Butler and Genevieve Matter. PHOTO: Val Adamson

THEATRE audiences are in for a musical treat when the 17th annual Young Performers Production Footloose comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 8 to 17 September.

Footloose tells the story of a tenacious and rebellious city teenager, Ren (played by Joshua Milne), who moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned by the conservative Rev Shaw Moore (played by Arnie Field) and his wife (Sarah Heron) and the town council. Ren leads the young people of the town, including Rev Moore’s rebellious daughter Ariel (Leah Mari), in a protest against the town’s banning of the annual dance.

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The stage adaptation of Footloose is by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Logins and Jim Steinman.

The 2017 Young Performers Project sees Daisy Spencer as both the director and choreographer working together with co-choreographer Jarryd Watson and Des Govender as vocal coach, Dawn Selby is MD, with live music from The Reals. Production supervisor is Themi Venturas.

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The project ensures that the learners get a taste of working in the professional musical theatre arena. The cast of 25 were chosen at auditions – including learners travelling from the Skhethuxolo High School in Hammarsdale. The project promotes discipline, develops confidence, and gives an opportunity to make life-long friendships, and to learn from the professionals.

There is a low-price preview on Friday 8 August (R75). Shows are Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.

Booking is through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers, on 0861 915 8000 or online at



ONE lucky Berea Mail readers can win double tickets to the show on Tuesday, 12 September.

Complete the entry form at

The competition will run until Monday, 11 September at 8am.

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