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Dear GDS theater enthusiasts,

Due to cases of COVID-19 among the cast and crew, Previous shows scheduled in April had to be canceled. Ticket holders will be notified immediately and refunded within 7-10 days. We have added three brand new show dates on May 6 and 7. You will need to purchase new tickets. Click the button at right to visit the GDS Box Office!

Sincerely,
GDS High School Theater

Footloose

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FOOTLOOSE is usually described as a movie about a town where dancing is against the law. “Not exactly,” says Dean Pitchford who wrote the original screenplay and adapted it for the stage.  “Not exactly…FOOTLOOSE is…the story of a man who’s lost his son, a boy who’s lost his father, and how these two help each other to heal.” And so the stage adaptation becomes a human-sized story, unlike the movie---no fireworks, no literal sets. Our cast is 26 performers only---not dozens of trained dancers. Though dancing is outlawed in Bomont, the characters can move. At first it’s restrained, but as the story progresses it becomes more and more energetic until it explodes in the Finale---a catharsis for both the characters and the audience. A high school director wrote to Pitchford, who paraphrased the communication, “Every time you see the word ‘dance’, substitute the word…’forgive’…This director had returned FOOTLOOSE to the tale I had envisioned from the start—a journey of forgiveness and redemption, a story of healing…”

FOOTLOOSE is appropriate for all ages.  Note, however, there are a few moments of violence and of sexual innuendo.  It has wonderful songs; exciting costumes, lights, sets; and, of course, great dance numbers!

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Performance Dates**

  • May 6, 7:30 PM
  • May 7, 2:00 PM
  • May 7, 7:00 PM

**Previously scheduled shows in April had to be canceled due to COVID cases among the cast and crew.

All attendees must be fully vaccinated**

**PLEASE NOTE: The DC Department of Health now includes a booster in its definition of fully vaccinated for those aged 18 and older.  For those younger than 18, attendees must be two weeks past their final vaccine dose—second for Pfizer and Moderna, single J&J.

Attendees must provide proof of fully vaccinated status and, for non-students and -staff, an ID prior to entry.

As of March 14, 2022, masking is optional everywhere on campus, for everyone. However, masking in the building/theater during this event is encouraged.

No tickets will be sold at door. Purchases must be made in advance via this Box Office form.

Directors, Producers, and Managers

Director: LAURA ROSBERG
Technical Director: CHRISTAL BOYD
Musical Director: JASON STRUNK
Choreographer: MARIA WATSON

Stage Manager: KATIE YOUNG ’23
Assistant Stage Manager: LEIA LEVINE ’25
Producer:  JAIA WILENSKY ’23

Poster by NAVA MACH ’23
Program by EDIE CAREY ’23 & NAVA MACH ’23
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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

FOOTLOOSE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.  www.concordtheatricals.com

Cast

Ren McCormack - Eli Faber ’22
Ethel McCormack -Rachel Schneider ’24
Ariel Moore - Izzy Auerswald ’23
Reverend Shaw Moore - Wesley Brubaker ’23
Vi Moore - Jacqueline Metzger ’23 
Rusty - Ava Blum ’23
Urleen - Elana Spector ’22
Wendy Jo - Olivia Brown ’24
Willard Hewitt - Max Grosman ’22 
Chuck Cranston - Luke Flyer ’22
Lulu Warnicker - Stella Tongour ’22 
Wes Warnicker - Joshua Reynolds ’24
Eleanor Dunbar - Leila Jackson ’22 
Coach Roger Dunbar - Aidan Kohn Murphy ’22
Travis - Elias Rodriguez ’22
Lyle - Julian Harper Galkin ’22
Betty Blast - Stella Tongour ’22 
Principal Harry Clark - Thomas Perry ’22 
Cowboy Bob - Julian Harper Galkin ’22 
Jeter - Henry Cohen ’25
Bickle - Avram Shapiro ’24
Garvin - Noah Freedman ’22
Cop - Avram Shapiro ’24

Ensemble:
Aymaan Enayetullah ’25, Felicia Paul ’22, Stella Tongour ’22, Leila Jackson ’22, Ava Hall ’25, Posy Brown ’24, Joshua Reynolds ’24, Janel Butler-Roberts ’23, Aidan Kohn-Murphy ’22, Thomas Perry ’22, Avram Shapiro ’24, Henry Cohen ’25, Shanwai Lin ’25, Noah Freedman ’22

Orchestra

Topher Dunne, bass and Orch. Captain
Lee Lachman, reeds
Jacob Makarian ’22, reeds
Abby Kanter ’22, reeds
Diego Retana, guitar
Charles Johnson, keyboard I
Julia Fisher ’09, keyboard II
Lydia Sorenson, percussion
Nicholas Wright, drums

Administrators, Designers & Crew

STAGE MANAGER
KATIE YOUNG ’23

ASS’T STAGE MANAGER
LEIA LEVINE ’25 

PRODUCER
JAIA WILENSKY ’23

PUBLISHER
NAVA MACH ’23 & EDIE CAREY ’23 

AD MANAGER
STELLA TONGOUR ’22

HOUSE/BOX OFFICE MANAGER
MONA BRAND ’24 

SET DESIGNERS
CARMEN GITCHELL ’22
MAYA LANDWEBER ’22
HARRISON WEST ’22 

SETS CREW HEADS
NORA O’CONNOR ’22
OAKLEY WINTERS ’22 

COSTUME DESIGNERS
SIGNE SCHOWITZ ’22
MIRIAM AKHMETSHIN ’22 

COSTUME CREW HEADS
ELLIE SCHAFFER ’25
AVA GINSBERG ’25 

MAKEUP DESIGNERS
FELICIA PAUL ’22
LEILA JACKSON-BAIRD ’22 

MAKEUP CREW HEAD
KATE TOUFANIAN ’25 

LIGHTS DESIGNERS
JAMIE LEWIS ’22
COLLEEN EWALD ’22 

LIGHTS CREW HEAD
GREY PAPAGEORGIOU ’23 

SOUND & FX DESIGNER
ADEN SHEINGOLD ’22

SOUND & FX CREW HEADS
IAN ROTHFELD ’23
SOFIA MOEN ’25

PROPS MASTERS
ISA MARTORANA ’24
SOPHIA GRUNWALDT ’24

ROLLER SKATING INSTRUCTOR
POSY BROWN '24

INTIMACY AND FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER
HELEN ABERGER