S: Footloose: The Making Of a Musical
BC: Photos By: Maggie J Amanda D Megan S Sarah O'B
FC: Footloose: The Making Of a Musical | By: Maggie J.
1: I dedicate this book to my fellow Footloose cast and crew. I love you guys. Thanks for putting on such a great show :)
2: Once upon a time there was a group of students. These students decided to make a musical and show it to all of their friends and family.
3: So one warm day in July, they all got together, and picked the musical Footloose. With the help of some musical experts they started to prepare. The show was 9 weeks away and they had a lot of work to do.
4: Before the show could begin, they had to pick the parts they all played. The students all tried out for their favorite parts. A short time later the list was put up showing who was playing who. The students were all very excited and dashed to the board to have a look.
6: They were happy to see their names on the paper. Even if they weren't going to be a lead, they loved performing and couldn't wait to get ready.
7: The leads went to Tom and Becky, but no one was left out. The musical needed more than leads to be successful and all of the students knew how important their part was.
8: The next week, work began on the production. The director Lady B handed out the scripts and they got right down to business.
9: They worked on their acting skills and learned how to put emotion into their characters. The students started to transform into more than students reading lines, they were becoming actors.
10: In the mean while, the set construction team began building the Cockroach. The Cockroach was a big black stage being built to add a second story to the show.
11: In a flurry of bright yellow tape, the plan was laid out on the stage. The plan looked daunting, but the team started the build with high hopes and smile on their faces.
12: The students attended special courses and saw shows to help them with their show. They went to LVC to see their production of Chicago and someone came to teach them all how to stage fight.
13: The students were very lucky to have this opportunity. They thanked them for their opportunity and used the skills they learned to work on the show.
14: As the Roach went up, the cast perfected their skills. Mrs. B the choreographer came by to teach them the routines for the dance numbers.
15: Many students didn't think they could dance but Mrs. B saw that they all had it in them. | She pushed them and showed them they had the potential.
16: Day after day the sweat dripped down their faces, the characters and routines became sharper and the Roach was coming more and more to life. It was the halfway point and frustration was setting in. | The work was hard and the hours were long. The show need to be perfect. They all felt that there was so much to do in such little time, but no one told that to Lady B. Shhhhhh.... they still had 6 weeks left.”
18: Finally the Roach was up. Its metal railings glistened in the stage lights and the black finish was smooth and robust. With the Cockroach finally built, everyone could take a deep breath. | The cast could now practice the way they would perform and the team could get down to building the set pieces for the show.
20: It was all coming together. Almost all the dance numbers were perfect, practically everyone knew their lines and the team had the set pieces just about finished.
21: After all of the time they spent working, they finally saw what this show was going to become. It was smiles all around.
22: On March 16th it was 2 weeks until opening night. Everything needed to be perfect. All of the professionals in charge worked long, long hours.
23: Act by act, number by number, it was coming down to a science. Lady B, Mr. Pier and Mrs. S were getting very excited.
24: So tech week began. Tech week is the hardest part about musical. Everyone is at their breaking points. Things fall apart, voices crack and everyone starts to get on each others nerves. Exhausted, sweaty and overworked they were running of fumes. They couldn't wait until opening night.
26: Show night finally arrived. Everyone was nervous. Cast, Crew Pitt, They all wanted to put on a show for the ages...
27: And they did. They span around that stage, sing dancing, changing set pieces. They showed exactly what they had in them.
28: Not only did they put on one great show, they put on 3. Every member of the production worked as hard as they could all 3 nights.
29: All of their work paid off in the end. They loved their show, they lived their parts.
30: They danced and danced...
32: They rattled
33: and rolled...
34: and they blew the minds of
35: over 600 viewers.
36: T H E
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