Footloose play

Isabella Kearney plays Ariel and Nicholas True plays Ren in the Center for the Arts production of ‘Footloose’.

Kick off your Sunday shoes and head to the Center for the Arts to see “Footloose”, a dance-filled story that follows a group of high school students as they challenge their town’s leadership.

“The cast is extremely talented and bring a new perspective to a story many have seen before. The production will make the audience feel like they are dancing on stage with the cast,” said director Corey Shadd, who directed “Catch Me If You Can” at the Center in 2017.

“Footloose”, a musical based on the blockbuster 1984 film of the same name, centers around a group of high school students as they work together to change a town law that forbids dancing.

When Ren (Nicholas True) and his mother Ethel (Shanda Perkins) move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren finds it hard to adjust to his new life including the small town high school, his fellow students, and the local preacher — Reverend Shaw (Keith Wortham) — who seems to have a lot of power over the townspeople.

Ren, who is used to dancing his troubles away at Chicago nightclubs, faces a harsh awakening when he learns that dancing is forbidden in his new town.

With the help of his friends, Ariel (Isabella Kearney), Willard (Tucker Young), Rusty (Sophie Young), Wendy Jo (Poem Atkinson) and Urleen (Aurora Boe), they work together to put on a dance to change the hearts and minds of the council members.



Where: Center for the Arts, 110 West College St., Murfreesboro.

When: June 14-16, June 21-23. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.

Tickets: Adults - $18; Seniors (65 or older)/Students/Military - $16; Children - $14. Available at or by calling (615) 904-ARTS (2787).

Note: This production is rated PG-13 for sexual themes and references to drugs and alcohol.

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