"Footloose" has come to the stage at Liberty High School's Schnorr Auditorium, located at 5855 Bartholow Road in Eldersburg. The show opened on Nov. 7, and performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 13, 14, and 15, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 15.
Based on the 1984 movie, "Footloose" moved to Broadway in 1998. Liberty drama teacher Trisha Deen, who is co-directing the production with Liberty English teacher Tina Delcher, said that the stage musical differs from the film in that it includes new scenes and extra songs.
Jack Patterson, a freshman at Liberty, is playing the lead role of Ren McCormack, the teenager who moves from Chicago to a small town where dancing is prohibited. Patterson said he is drawing on his eight years of dance training to bring McCormack's moves to the stage. But with the start of technical rehearsals on Nov. 3, Patterson said he's feeling the nerves.
"I love it, but it's scary at the same time," said Patterson. "Liberty has one of the biggest drama departments in the country."
Though it can be nerve-wracking, he said he recognizes this opportunity as a chance to make his mark.
"Nobody notices freshman," he said, "but here they recognize that not just the older kids but the younger kids also have the drive to do this. I had a crisis of confidence, but I realized I had to push on and do this so I could do more."
Liberty junior Patrick Owings has had his own transition with "Footloose." Owings, who appeared regularly as an actor in Liberty productions during his first two years at the school, has taken on the role of set designer for this show.
"This is my first time as a lead set designer, "but I was an assistant set designer, and I've been on paint crew since I was a freshman," Owings said.
Owings had to come up with a design that fit the show's Midwestern location.
"We wanted to have more of an open concept to it — more openings and bigger skies," he said.
To make that happen, he said he drew a great deal from his surroundings.
"I read the script over and over again," Owings said. "A lot of my inspiration came from Westminster and the Carroll County area."
More than 70 students are working on the production of "Footloose," with 40 of them actually performing onstage.
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The local community has helped out with the production, as well. The Liberty High School Drama Boosters canvassed the area for loans and donations of 1980's-era prom gowns.
"We've been working with Cowboys and Angels on Main Street in Sykesville to find cowboy hats and boots," Deen said. "We've purchased some items, and they're lending us other items."
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, and 15; a 2 p.m. matinee will be shown Nov. 15.
Cost: Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are sold at the box office in the Liberty High School lobby from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. They can also be purchased online, with a small service charge, at http://www.lhsdramaclub.com/box-office.html. A limited number of advance seating tickets are available for each show at $15 per ticket. The advance seating allows the ticket holder to choose a seat in the auditorium an hour before the production opens.
For more information: Visit http://www.lhsdramaclub.com or call the school at 410-751-3560
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Where: Liberty High School's Schnorr Auditorium, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.