The new production of “Footloose” at Glendale Centre Theatre very much reflects its protagonist in style and mood — energetic and a bit rough around the edges, but ultimately likable when you get to experience the complete package.
As with any stage play based on a film — in this case the well-known 1984 movie that featured Kevin Bacon in one of his first starring roles — the comparisons are inevitable. Many songs that were background themes in the movie are retained and used to advance the plot, while others are newly written for the stage play. I don’t know if it is familiarity or prejudice, but I favor the original songs over the new ones.
The plot has not changed. Ren McCormack (Harley Jay) is a Chicago teen who is preparing to move with his mother, Ethel (Alison Robertson), to a small town called Bomont after his father leaves the family. Life there revolves around the church, presided over by the strict reverend, Shaw Moore (George Champion), whose sensible but frustrated wife, Vi (Noel Britton), plays peacemaker between her husband and their defiant daughter, Ariel (Jayme Lake).