Youth group step up for Footloose roles

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With dazzling dance and fabulous musical numbers, Rugby Theatre Youth Project’s Footloose will be taking to the stage from July 31.

Footloose, the theatre’s 17th summer youth project, is set in the late 20th century in Mid West America. Due to financial pressures brought on by his father’s abandonment, Ren McCormak and his mother have to move to a small town in the middle of nowhere, called Bomont. Four of Bomont’s brightest teenagers were killed in a car crash whilst travelling back from a dance. Reverend Shaw Moore (who’s son was one of the four) convinced the town to ban dancing. Can Ren, a teenager who loves dancing with an eye on the Reverend’s daughter, convince the town that dancing is not a crime?

The Youth Project is put together with children and young people in all the key roles, both on and off stage. It began in the late 1990s and to date nearly 1,300 students have taken part in the 17 projects and 102 performances attended by approximately 22,000 people.

Performances are nightly at 7.30pm from July 31 to August 3 with matinees at 3pm on August 3 and 4. Tickets, £13.50, can be bought by telephone on 01788 541234 or online at