Let loose with Footloose the Musical

Photo by Olivia Musacchio
Photo by Olivia Musacchio

By Olivia Musacchio, Staff Writer

Family, friends and Fisher students gathered in Cleary Family Auditorium during the weekend of Nov. 17 for a theatrical and musical production of Footloose the Musical.

From the lighting to the sound, the pit band, the actors and the stage crew, Fisher Players whisked away the audience to a place of great singing, dancing and acting.

The story of Footloose is familiar to many people, but the people who were unfamiliar were soon transfixed and lost in the small town of Bomont.

Ren McCormick (Joe Gala), the new town’s ‘bad boy’, comes into Bomont reeking havoc with his dancing and singing.

The town is swiftly blown away, especially the pastor’s daughter Ariel Moore, played by Emma Northrop. Her gaggle of friends Rusty (Giuliana Cristina Calascibetta), Wendy Jo (Bailey Soper) and Urleen (Holly Giles) also fawn over the bad boy in town and his dancing moves.

As the people of Bomont start to warm up to Ren’s idea of changing the law, which bans dancing of any kind, Pastor Shaw (Stephen Lapointe) tries to stop him.

Despite his efforts, Pastor Shaw got to know and understand Ren and agreed to uplift the law. The town celebrated this joyous moment by the only way they knew how; dancing and singing.

As the cast finished off the last show of the run with the classic ‘Footloose’ finale song, you saw the joy that this club brings to Fisher.

Freshman Rae Betzig came to see the show because of all the buzz created by members of Fisher Players and it gave him a social outlet as final exams approach.

“The show was a good distraction from school work piling on and it was nice to escape for a little bit,” said Betzig.

Giuliana Cristina Calascibetta, a veteran of Fisher Players who has previously been in the production of Heathers, Grease and Footloose played the role of Rusty.

She thought that her character was someone who she could relate to and she thought her character brought great joy to the audience.

“She [Rusty] is super uplifting and peppy, and she loves to dance,” said Calascibetta.

For Calascibetta, the hardest part of the whole production was driving home every day after 2 a.m. rehearsals.

“All in the end coming here after a long day of school and to just sing with the piano and to dance is such a destresser for me,” said Calascibetta.

In the future, Calascibetta hopes that Fisher Players will produce Thoroughly Modern Millie because she is a tap dancer herself and acting as Millie is her dream role.

Keep your eyes peeled for Fisher Players’ next show in the spring.

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