SPHS presents 'Footloose' Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 17

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren isn’t prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including the ban on dancing. In this rolicking musical performed by Sun Prairie High School and directed by Jerry Award winning Marsha Heuer, the search to overcome loss and how to express it takes place. Shows run Nov. 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 15 at 2 p.m.

In the small town of Bomont, Reverand Shaw controls the morality of the town after the death of his son and three other kids. Blaming drugs, alcohol, and excessive teenage behavior, Shaw bans all typical teenage displays. When Ren and his mother move to Bomont from Chicago after Ren’s father leaves them, he is confronted with the customs and edicts of this small town. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend, the coach, and others try to sabotage Ren’s reputation. Many of the locals, including Ren’s aunt and uncle, choose to believe the worst in him. The show only resolves this conflict when Shaw and Ren realize that their actions are a response to very personal loss and an understanding of how that impacts those around them. The performers are eager to share this tale with audience through dance, song, and music.

Performances will be held in the high school performing arts center, 888 Grove St., Sun Prairie WI, 53590. For more information or to buy tickets visit the Sun Prairie High School Performing Arts center website: https://www.sunprairieschools.org/community/performing-arts-centeror call 608-834-6783.

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