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Volume 24, Number 8 — August 2017

Arts Calendar

Cut loose with

Cut loose with "Footloose" at Barter Theatre

Date(s):  May 19 - August 12, 2017
Venue: Barter Theatre
133 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24212

ABINGDON, Va.- Barter Theatre introduces "Footloose: The Musical" Friday May 19. The production runs until Aug. 12 on Barter Theatre's Gilliam Stage. The play features Joseph Matthew Veale, Sarah Laughland and other members of Barter Theatre's resident acting company.

Telling the story of rebellious teens growing up in a town where dancing is forbidden, watch as estranged families grow closer and learn to listen when it is most crucial. "Footloose" features a soundtrack that topped the Billboard charts, and is sure have inspire plenty of dancing of its own.

Director Paul Russell said he was drawn to the play after recognizing a bit of himself in the main character, Ren.

Ren sees a reflection of his personal loss, a father who abandoned him, in the residents of Bomont, according to Russell.

"Within that mirror it's Ren who challenges himself and Bomont toward changing a negative in to a positive," Russell said.

Tickets for every show start at $20. Call the Barter Theatre Box Office at 276-628-3991 for more information.

Topics: Theatre

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