Members of the Cayman Drama Society (CDS) are preparing to kick off their Sunday shoes and cut footloose as they bring the explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation “Footloose” to the audiences of Cayman. The musical, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Tom Snow, is based on the 1980s hit film that took the world by storm.
The cast and crew are excited to showcase music that sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance, to get your toes tapping and make you want to rock the aisles as they raise the roof, yet again, of the Prospect Playhouse Theatre.
City boy Ren, played by Jardel McIntosh of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” fame, thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, an American rural backwater. But things are far worse than he could have ever imagined, as the town bans dancing. The beloved Reverend Shaw, played by Mike Bishop in his first lead role at CDS (seen recently as the Commander in “Not Now Darling”), watches as Ren tries to revitalize the town and change their ways, while falling in love with his daughter Ariel, played by Sophie Gough, who most recently directed and starred in “Rent.”
New talent will be seen on the stage for this musical sensation. Recently returning to Cayman after studying in Canada, Matthew Pellow plays Travis, supporting Jason Howard from Z99 Radio, who takes on the role of Chuck while Ariel’s best friends are both played by CDS newcomers Lauren Sonnen and Suzi Culbert.
With a cast of over 35, members of the audience are sure to spot someone they know.
“Footloose” is being produced by Andrew and Beverly Edgington, the team behind “Joseph” and “Breeze Through Broadway.”
Director Katie Cummins is head of Drama at Cayman Prep and High School, and has always wanted to direct “Footloose.” She is supported by Sophie Gough as creative director and choreographer and Arek Nicholson as musical director.