From April 29 through May 2, Dawson County High School students will put on a production of Footloose the Musical at the Dawson County Performing Arts Center.
According to the play’s director, Hannah Skelton, students have been hard at work preparing for the play since the beginning of the year.
“We started rehearsing in February for this show and it has been a very fun process,” Skelton said. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of students that I didn’t know before, our technical crew has been hard at work building, and it’s just been a lot of fun dancing, singing and seeing all the students put in so much hard work.”
According to Skelton, the musical is directly inspired by the 1984 movie by the same name, but with a modern twist.
"Footloose the musical is directly inspired from the 1980s film and the more modern version of the film, and while it is based completely off of those it is slightly different,” Skelton said. “So you should definitely come see it because there might be some new characters or new songs that you haven’t seen before.”
Skelton said that she chose Footloose for the production because of its familiarity and because in many ways, the setting of the play is similar to the setting of Dawson County.
“I chose Footloose specifically because I knew it was going to be something the community would recognize and hopefully be excited about coming to see,” Skelton said. “And because the town of Bomont is similar to Dawsonville in a way, just a small rural town, so I thought that the community would really relate to the message.”
DCHS student Jace Trammell, who will play Footloose’s lead role of Ren McCormack, said that he has been in theater for over three years and this will be his first lead role.
“It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but as soon as I got my personality into the character of Ren I just killed it from there,” Trammell said. “Ever since I got into theater it’s always been a passion of mine, some way to get energy out of me, and this is actually my first play in the lead role so I am so excited about it opening.”
Abby Bouchez, who will play the role of Reverend Moore’s wife in the production, said that he situation is nearly identical to Trammell’s.
“I’m so excited, very nervous because it’s one of my first higher roles,” Bouchez said. “Since we are getting close to opening it’s crunch time, and I’m getting really excited to see how this play turns out.”
Trammell said that he and his fellow cast members are excited to share the payoff from their hard work with the Dawsonville community.
“Ever since February we’ve been working our butts off trying to put as much energy as we can into this show and trying to make it the best that we can,” Trammell said. “So I think people should come out because this show is really excellent in its current state, and I think that our hard work should be shared with the people of Dawsonville.”
According to Bouchez, she has loved working with her fellow students on the play and can’t wait for opening night.
“The tech crew is working so hard and so is our director and all of the cast members,” Bouchez said. “Every one of us has worked so hard on this play and the community should definitely come see it because we’ve worked so hard on this; every time we have a play everyone seems to enjoy it.”
The play is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 29, April 30 and May 1, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. The play will take place at the high school’s performing arts center on the DCHS campus at 1665 Perimeter Road in Dawsonville, and doors will open 30 minutes before each show starts.
Tickets will be available for purchase with cash at the door and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. A sign language interpreter will be at the Sunday 2 p.m. showing to interpret the show for deaf community members.