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Pearse Donaghy, who stars as Ren in the Loreto College production of Footloose - View Full Size Image
Pearse Donaghy, who stars as Ren in the Loreto College production of Footloose
Cillian Calvert, who stars as Rev Moore in the Loreto College production of Footloose - View Full Size Image
Cillian Calvert, who stars as Rev Moore in the Loreto College production of Footloose
Rebecca Dillon, Eve Gardiner, Kaleigh Colson-Rice and Sarah Moore, who lead the cast in Footloose - View Full Size Image
Rebecca Dillon, Eve Gardiner, Kaleigh Colson-Rice and Sarah Moore, who lead the cast in Footloose
The cast of the Loreto College production of Footloose - View Full Size Image
The cast of the Loreto College production of Footloose
04/10/2017 FOOTLOOSE COMES TO LORETO COLLEGE

Lively, 1980s musical Footloose will be performed at Loreto College Coleraine from 17th-20th October by a talented cast of approximately 100 of the College’s senior students.

Based on a well-known film from 1984, Footloose tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister, dancing and rock music have been banned.  Soon after arriving, Ren befriends Willard Hewitt, and soon begins to fall for a rebellious teenage girl named Ariel, who has an abusive boyfriend and a strict father, Shaw Moore, who is a reverend of the local church. Ren goes before the city council and reads several Bible verses to cite scriptural support for the worth of dancing to rejoice, exercise, or celebrate. Although Reverend Moore is moved, the council votes against him. Vi, Moore's wife, is supportive of the movement and explains to Moore that he cannot be everyone's father and that dancing and music are not the problem. Moore feels betrayed that even his wife does not believe in him and cannot bring himself to change his stance because his son Bobby was killed in a car cras. Soon, however, he has a change of heart after seeing some of the townsfolk burning books that they think are dangerous to the youth. The following Sunday, Moore asks his congregation to pray for the high school students putting on the prom which is set up at a grain mill outside of the town limits.

The talented Loreto Footloose cast is led by Kaleigh Colson-Rice as Ariel and Pearse Donaghy as Ren, with Cillian Calvert as the Rev Moore and Zara Leese as Vi.  Also taking leading roles as Ariel and Ren’s friends are Rebecca Dillon, Sarah Moore and Eve Gardiner, with Finn McEwan, Callum Boorman and Jordan Millar adopting roles as “bad boys”, whilst Patrick McMullan is the lovable Willard Hewitt. The talented cast also includes Niamh Cunning, Donal Close, Fearghal Close, Cahir McLaughlin, Brona Mackle, and many others. We are delighted to have three of our pupils helping with the choreography, Shannon Campbell, Niamh Cunning and Sarah Lundy. The show is directed by Mrs Oonah McEwan with Mr Stephen Gallagher acting as Musical Director.

Don’t miss this opportunity to brighten your October evenings by seeing this lively show: tickets can be purchased from Loreto College: Adult tickets cost £10, Concessions £7 and a Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children or 1 adult 3 children) is available for £25. 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, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.  Footloose is being performed at Loreto College by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.