“When I mention we are doing ‘Footloose,’ a sparkle comes to their eye, and you get a big smile,” said Hannibal High School senior Lauren Priest about the response she gets when telling adult friends about this year’s HHS musical. “There is something about this story that strikes a chord for people.”


“When I mention we are doing ‘Footloose,’ a sparkle comes to their eye, and you get a big smile,” said Hannibal High School senior Lauren Priest about the response she gets when telling adult friends about this year’s HHS musical. “There is something about this story that strikes a chord for people.”
In one of the play’s leading roles, Lauren plays Vi Moore, the pastor’s wife. “This year’s show is something unlike HHS musical-goers have ever seen,” Lauren added.
Another senior, Mindy Lipp, who portrays Lulu Warnicker, agreed. “People are going to be able to relate to this story, because they remember this time period, and there are a lot of fun clothes,” she said.
The performance dates are Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12, 13 and 14. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the HHS office, on Tuesday or Thursday nights at HHS, or at the door.
“Footloose” is based on the 1984 movie of the same name.
Ren, the new kid in a small town that has outlawed dancing, plans to throw a senior prom.
Ren, who is portrayed by HHS sophomore JuWan Holland, is finding it hard to fit in in. “Footloose is about learning to deal with certain problems and having to overcome certain situations,” JuWan said, adding that this musical is “fast-paced and fun-filled.”
As Ren and his new friends find themselves in a confrontation with the adults of the town, the Rev. Shaw Moore, played by junior Sean Hellems, finds healing in his grief for the death of his son.
“This is a story of a miracle,” said Sean. “It’s a story of a struggle to become more free.”
Sara Kurz, HHS vocal music director, said “Footloose” was chosen because, “we have the right kids for it this year. We have some talented singers and talented dancers. We wanted to put all those to use the best we could.”
Kurz, who is directing the play, reported leading roles are played by Megan as Aerial, JuWan as Ren, Lauren as Vi and Sean as Rev. Moore.
Regarding the local production of “Footloose,” Kurz said, “we think it’s really great, because the students who are playing the roles of kids get to stand up for themselves and stand up to the people playing adults in the cast and learn how to communicate and work with different types of people.”
The play cast was chosen by audition, which was open to all HHS students, she explained. Cast members are also busy with other activities, she added. “Most of them are also playing football, soccer or volleyball, or are in band and cheerleading. They are busy, busy, kids.
“We’ve been in rehearsal since the beginning of September, three nights a week,” said Kurz. “It’s a very big commitment.”
Senior Megan Girard, who plays Ariel, wants the people who attend the play to know that, “this is really different from the movie.”
And despite the hard work, the stage adaptation “has a lot a fun numbers,” Megan said. “I’ve have had a lot of fun with my friends.”
The cast has been working with Karen Frantz for several dance scenes. Junior Logan Quinn said, “this has just amazing choreography from Karen. I really want to go practice, it’s so fun.”  Mackenzie Stratton, also a junior, said, “there is never a dull moment in the story.”
Additional cast members are Willard Hewitt - Connor Brown, Ethel McCormack - Jaclyn Schipper, Wes Warnicker - Dalton Freiling, Chuck Cranston – Patrick Smith, Rusty – Erica Graham, Jeter – Kurtis Lipp, Urleen – Mackenzie Stratton, Bickle – Russell Abbey, Wendy Jo – Kori Caswell, Garvin – Logan Quinn, Betty Blast – Daquasia Dawson, Lyle – Nathan Blackburn, Cowgirl Bobbi – Hannah Adkison, Travis – Jon Haught, Principal Clark – Erika Barron, Coach Roger Dunbar – Chris Ruhr, Eleanor Dunbar – Kate Mobley, Cop – Robert Stephens, Molly – Paige Glascock, and Whitney – Mikayla Todd.
Cowgirl Band and Council Members are Addie Desmond, Megan Yeater, Brittany Holliday, Jennifer Ketcham and Rachelle Krigbaum.
Performing in the Adult Chorus and Church Choir, or as townspeople are Megan Daniels, Addie Desmond, Jennifer Ketcham, Rachelle Krigbaum and Kay Lockwood.
The Teen Chorus and Dancers are Hannah Adkison, Ashley Cummins, Paige Glascock, Kristy Gruchalla, Candice Howe, Chelsea Jennings, Kathryn Leicht, Madeline Locke, Celeena Seats, Jannan Shinn, Bradley Thomure, Mikayla Todd and Megan Yeater.
Members of the stage crew are Cameron Conley, Joe Deavers, Nicole Domzalski, Taylor Frantz, Samantha Gamble, McKensye Garvos, Tessa Hinton, Kelley Lee, Jay Jones, Sara Land, Christian Locke and Jacob McLerren.
Katie Miller is serving as stage manager and directors’ assistant.