‘Footloose’ blasts from the past

  • By Mike Murray / Herald Writer
  • Thursday, August 5, 2004 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

The Everett Performing Arts Center has been bouncing to an ’80s beat this summer, as high-spirited teenagers from throughout Snohomish County get ready to get footloose beginning today.

The kids are starring in Village Theatre’s Kidstage production of “Footloose,” a fast-paced musical based on the 1984 movie of the same name that opens tonight for six performances.

This is Village Theatre’s SummerStock production, and it features a cast of more than 40 in a show written in the mode of a classic Broadway musical: strong story combined with a memorable score.

The original movie, which starred Kevin Bacon as a city kid exiled to a small town in Texas where the residents don’t dance, is a time capsule of ’80s music.

The songs include the anthem “Let’s Hear it For the Boy,” the sweet duet “Almost Paradise” and the “gotta-dance” title song “Footloose,” a rockin’ tune guaranteed to stay in your head long after the final curtain.

Additional songs were added when the movie was adapted for the Broadway stage; among the contributors were Kenny Loggins and Sammy Haggar.

The music and the exuberant dance sequences are what make “Footloose” fun, but there’s a story to be told here, said director R.J. Tancioco.

Tancioco, musical director of numerous Village Theatre productions, has been involved with Kidstage for nearly a decade. A vocal coach, teacher, composer and arranger, his musical directing credits include “Hair,” “A Chorus Line,” “Peter Pan” and the just-closed “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

This is his first time in the director’s chair, and Tancioco says he’s having a blast.

The cast is strong, with young performers who can sing, dance and act, and Tancioco is convinced that having high-school students play these youthful roles is a key to giving “Footloose” its youthful zip.

A grade-schooler when “Footloose” the movie opened, Tancioco said the music was everywhere when he was kid.

Communication, or lack of it, is a big part of “Footloose,” which follows the story of Ren, who moves with his mother to a small, religious town where dancing is prohibited.

Ren soon locks horns with the strait-laced Rev. Moore, but persists with the idea that the high school should hold a dance so that the kids can … be kids.

There’s conflict all around – among the students as well as between the young people and the adults.

The grown-ups in “Footloose” are so uptight they are even suspicious of their own children. Tancioco has smoothed out the script and tinkered here and there to make the adults less one-dimensional and more sympathetic.

The two-act show comes in at just under two hours. “It’s nice and tight and a complete story,” he said. “You don’t want anymore.”

While this production is not a nostalgia trip, “Footloose” nonetheless is deeply rooted it in the 1980s.

Today’s kids relate to the music. And the wildly popular success of TV’s “American Idol” is bringing back popular music, Tancioco said.

“In the ’80s we still had melodies in songs.”


A Village Theatre Kidstage SummerStock production opens at 7:30 tonight at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14, 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Tickets, $7-$9 at the box office, 425-257-8600.


A Village Theatre Kidstage SummerStock production opens at 7:30 tonight at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14, 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Tickets, $7-$9 at the box office, 425-257-8600.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Life

For more than a thousand years, Czech leaders – from kings and emperors to Nazis, communists, and presidents – have ruled from Prague Castle, regally perched on a hill above the Vltava River. Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Rick Steves’ Europe: History lives in Prague and its hilltop castle

It’s one of Europe’s best-preserved cities, having been spared from last century’s bombs.

Alarm clock in the middle of the night insomnia or dreaming
Trouble sleeping? Try these tips for getting a good night’s rest

Many adults turn to sleep aids, including alcohol, to help them rest, without realizing that their hectic lifestyles may be contributing to their sleeplessness.

The Stumbling Fiddler Band is scheduled to perform March 3 in Everett. (Photo provided by Port Gardner Bay Music Society)
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with music by the Stumbling Fiddler Band in Everett.

I was charged an extra $250 for a mistaken car rental upgrade

When Leah Page picks up her rental car from Thrifty, it charges her a $250 upgrade fee. Can it do this without her permission, and how can she get a refund?

A heart shaped hand tossed pepperoni pizza, left, and eight-corner Detroit style veggie pizza, right, from Jet’s Pizza on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at the Everett Herald newsroom in Everett. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Detroit-original Jet’s Pizza lands in WA with thick-crust pies and more

The national chain’s Lynnwood joint is the first in the state. The pizza is tasty — hot or cold. And it makes good date food.

The future of fashion: Moving toward a sustainable wardrobe

Over 22 billion pounds of textiles are thrown away each year in the U.S. How do we tackle such a massive problem? Start small.

What we might call a bar cart began as Victorian England’s tea trolley

Whatever you call it and however you use it, this birch wood cart with white enameled wheels attracted $2,650 at auction.

Bring summer’s bounty home by growing blueberries in your own backyard

Here’s a look at great several varieties to consider, along with tips on how to ensure your little home orchard thrives.

Ryan Carlson’s goose Bubba honks at cars outside his home on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
What’s honkin’ on this Everett thoroughfare? Have a gander

Henrietta and Betty, a goose duet, entertain passersby in the yard between Colby Avenue and Evergreen Way.

In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 photo, Jillian Woolley, Certified Veterinary Technician, takes care of a cat at Bayshore Animal Hospital in Warrenton, Ore. (Danny Miller/Daily Astorian via AP)
Best veterinary clinic in Snohomish County

You voted, we tallied. Here are the results.

The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas includes new wheel designs for all trim levels. (Volkswagen)
Volkswagen Atlas more handsome than ever for 2024

The mid-size SUV also has a new engine and an increase in the number of standard features.

Jon Pardi performs during the 2023 CMA Fest on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Country star Jon Pardi’s “Mr. Saturday Night World Tour” stops in Everett for a show Feb. 16.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.