Someone knew what they were doing when they scheduled Friday night’s showing of “Footloose,” an evening of music and dance at the Marysville Opera House.
The 1984 movie stars (just to name a few) Kevin Bacon, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow and Diane Wiest.
Bacon looks exceedingly young, but then most folks who were alive then have changed a bit since 1984 as well.
For any of you who may need a refresher, Bacon, playing the character of Ren McCormack, moves to a small Midwestern town where dancing is illegal.
Ren likes to dance, oh boy, does he ever.
The showing of “Footloose” follows the showing of “Grease” at the Opera House about a year ago, the story of high school kids in the 1950s.
Audience members turned up wearing period appropriate costumes such as poodle skirts, said Tara Mizell, assistant director of the city’s parks, culture and recreation department.
It was the first time the city had organized such an event, a sing-along to the soundtrack and a sock hop with a DJ.
“It was great fun,” she said. “People were like, ‘You’ve got to do this again.’”
With that kind of a response, staff began pondering other iconic movies that could be screened and chose “Footloose.”
The event is recommended for ages 16 and older. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. Dancing begins at 9 p.m. with tunes selected by DJ Morgan McFalls. Beer, wine, popcorn and candy will be available for purchase.
This event is pegged to an upper-teen and adult audience. But, kids, don’t think you’ve been shut out of the fun.
A similar sing along event for children, with a screening of “Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Opera House. Tickets are $7.
Mizell said the city is considering another sing-along event for adults early next year.
And what movie will they choose? “I think the next one we’ll choose is “Mamma Mia!,” Mizell said.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go
A sing along screening of the 1984 film “Footloose,” starring Kevin Bacon, is Sept. 27 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. The movie starts at 7 p.m.; dancing is at 9 p.m. with tunes selected by DJ Morgan McFalls. Beer, wine, popcorn and candy will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10. More at tinyurl.com/MvilleFootloose.