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August 1 – September 1, 2019

Celebrate the spirit and optimism of young people fighting for change backed by a soundtrack of ‘80s pop anthems in this stage adaptation of the hit film. When city boy Ren moves to a small town where dancing is outlawed, he finds himself an outsider and a target of the local preacher who pushed for the ban – especially after attracting the attention of the reverend’s rebellious daughter.

Through explosive choreography and invigorating songs such as ‘Holding Out for a Hero,’ ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy,’ and the exhilarating title track; Ren challenges the community to reverse the rule and heal from the tragedy that kept their hearts from dancing.

Directed by PEGGY TAPHORN

Stage Adaptation by DEAN PITCHFORD and WALTER BOBBIE
Based on the Original Screenplay by DEAN PITCHFORD • Music by TOM SNOW • Lyrics by DEAN PITCHFORD
Additional Music by ERIC CARMEN, SAMMY HAGAR, KENNY LOGGINS, and JIM STEINMAN

Run time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

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Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, OR

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Show Dates

Thursday, August 1, 7:30 PM PREVIEW—SOLD OUT
Friday, August 2, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHTSOLD OUT
Saturday, August 3, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 3, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Sunday, August 4, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 7, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 8, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Friday, August 9, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 10, 2:00 PM—Post-show talk-back* SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 10, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Sunday, August 11, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 14, 7:30 PMAdded performance!SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 15, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Friday, August 16, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Saturday, August 17, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT
Saturday, August 17, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Sunday, August 18, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 PMAdded performance!—SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 22, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Friday, August 23, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Saturday, August 24, 2:00 PMAudio description availableSOLD OUT
Saturday, August 24, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Sunday, August 25, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Thursday, August 29, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT
Thursday, August 29, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Friday, August 30, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Saturday, August 31, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT
Saturday, August 31, 7:30 PMSOLD OUT
Sunday, September 1, 2:00 PMSOLD OUT

*Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.

Creative

Directed by Peggy Taphorn
Music Direction by Mak Kastelic
Set Design by Emily Wilken
Light Design by David Castaneda
Costume Design by Allison Dawe
Prop Designer Laura Savage
Sound Design by Brian K. Moen
Stage Manager Jessica Junor

Musicians

Alan Lytle Keyboard 1/Conductor
Mak Kastelic and Barney Stein Keyboard 2
Sean Kelleher Reeds
Eric Toner Guitar 1
Eric Vanderwall Guitar 2
Jeff Langston Bass
Bill Norris York Drums 
Alex Geffel Percussion
Ben Quintel Rehearsal accompanist

News, Reviews, and Buzz

Footloose in a perilous Paradise
by Bob Hicks
Oregon ArtsWatch,
August 15, 2019
Footloose
 is the Grease of its day, a rebel-with-a-teenage-cause show punctuated with sassy song and dance and elevated by the sheer hormonal kick of its young characters…Read more. 

Footloose Explodes Across The Stage at Broadway Rose
by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews, Aug. 8, 2019
From the moment that Kayla Dixon sang the first notes of “Footloose” it was clear that this show was going to be spectacular, and by the time Eric Asakawa started dancing I was mesmerized by the energy, athleticism, and artistry of the amazing castRead more.

The persistent fun of Footloose
by Judy Nedry
JudyNedry.com, Aug. 8, 2019
The 28-member cast and 9-piece orchestra conducted by Alan D. Lytle share a relatively small space yet manage and pull off the performance with skill and exuberance...Read more.

“Footloose” @ Broadway Rose
by Krisptopher Haines
The Crippled Critic, Aug. 5, 2019
“Footloose” is my favorite production of Broadway Rose’s current season. Its choreography is so acrobatic that its the only show I’ve ever seen where I thought to myself, “Where did they find humans without spines? Congress?“…Read more.

Let’s hear it for the boy, and the rest of the cast, in Footloose
by Lee Williams
The Oregonian/OregonLive, Aug. 5, 2019
[Eric] Asakawa, an explosive gymnast, nimble dancer and strong singer, is a choice pick, like fusing Bacon and all of his stunt doubles with a splash of Hugh JackmanRead more.


Sketch To Stage: “Footloose” at Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Preview the moves in Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s production of “Footloose” as Director-Choreographer Peggy Taphorn shares insight on incorporating various dance styles – from Country Western two-step to gymnastic tumbling – into the choreography… Watch now.

 

Cut loose, head to Broadway Rose
by Janae Easlon
Portland Tribune, Aug. 1, 2019
“Typically, you get a Ren who may be a great dancer, but not so much a singer. But this guy has the whole package. Malia brings a great heart, she not only has the defiance to break away from a small town, but she has a real deep connection with her father in their battle of wills. I’ve just never had the full package.”…Read more.

Production Photos
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Amanda Pred, Cassandra Pangelinan, Eric Asakawa and Company in "Footloose" at Broadway Rose Theatre Company, August 1 - September 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Ortega.
Director's Note

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: PEGGY TAPHORN

Like many people my age, Footloose provided the soundtrack to my life in the 1980s, days of bold colors, and shoulder pads, big hair and fashion trends from ripped tights and leather to oversized blazers, and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Joan Collins. I remember specifically listening to the cassette of this now iconic music for the very first time. I just kept rewinding the tape and starting it over from the beginning! Footloose is a fun show to put together, because, in addition to the songs, it also has a great story! It’s not just a simple story about a ban on dancing and a rebel with a cause. I discovered a personal connection, a story of people coping with change, having beliefs challenged and acceptance of things new.

Having been a transplant myself, many times across this country, several being my own Bomont (the fictional town). I know these people. The citizens of Bomont grab me. Most prominently the growth of Reverend Moore and Ren but also the survival stories of Ethel and Vi, and the frustration and loneliness of Ariel. In Footloose I see the emotional toll that always being told “no” can have, and the amazing power of “yes.” Ren’s arrival provides a catalyst for everyone to examine themselves more closely and find a way to deal with the pain they had been living with for years. It is my hope that you enjoy the show, and feel free to dance in the aisles to this great score! But, I also hope that you will take a moment to reflect on a time when you weren’t open to a new idea, relationship, or experience. Then compare that feeling to a time when you saw a new experience as an open book and an awesome opportunity.