Exeter Senior High School puts on Footloose: The Musical April 10, 11, and 12

News photo by Emily Thiel Footloose: The Musical performed at Exeter Senior High School.

“Footloose: The Musical” will have you singing, movin’ and a-groovin’ in your seats, but be careful not to get caught dancing!

Exeter’s spring production of Footloose will be preformed 7:30 p.m. April 10, 11, and 12 at the senior high school, 201 East 37th St., Reading.

The musical is based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, which tells the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy who comes from the Windy City to one small town where the music of rock n’ roll and dancing are forbidden.

Among the cast includes Jonah Buczewski who stars as Ren McCormack, Billy Bailey as Rev. Shaw Moore, Owen Halsey as Willard, Kassandra Scheese as Vi Moore, Ali Snyder as Ethel McCormack, Jon Bingaman as Jeter, Ben Dunst as Lyle, Emma Heffner as Wendy Jo, Jennifer Heydt as Urleen, John Kershner as Garvin, Morgan Konopelski as Ariel Moore, Paul Long as Cowboy Bob, Elijah Lopez as Travis, Alex Back as Bickle, Katie Spencer as Rusty and James P. Thomas as Church Cranston.

Director of the show, Kathy Galtere, has been ignited with excitement from the high-energy production. The is the first time Galtere has directed a musical at the high school, but has been working with the students at the junior high school on their productions for the past four years.

“I’ve thrived off of the energy of the cast,” Galtere said. She loves working with the students. “It’s how I get my ‘kid fix,’” she said. Galtere is a retired English, Drama and Speech teacher from Boyertown Junior High School West, and is directing for fun.

She appreciates that with Footloose, the music is recognizable, but can make sitting in the audience quite a difficult task.

Students successfully maneuver through the scenes and the sets on stage, which include large wooden constructs of the front porch of a house and train trestle.

The production will put a hop in your step and have you “cutting footloose.”

Tickets are still available.

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.