‘Footloose’ the Musical Coming to MHCC

Posted: January 28, 2014

What 1984 movie starred Kevin Bacon as a rebellious city teenager who moves to a small town where the city council has banned rock ‘n’ roll and dancing? Footloose, of course!


Chance Rossi, Chris Wilkerson, Thomas Mullen, MaKayla Kott, Minda Gratreaks, Tim Van Valkenberg, Cat Burgess, Prisma Flores, Daryl Harrison Carson

Whether you have seen the film numerous times or not at all, the Theatre department at Mt. Hood Community College has a fun evening in store for you: a live performance of Footloose, starring MHCC students.

The play will be performed Feb. 21-23 and 28; and March 1-2 in the College Theatre on MHCC’s Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Visit mhcc.edu/theatre for times and tickets.

Mace Archer, artistic director, says that Footloose has something for everyone. “It is a coming of age story, so either you are a young person trying to establish your own identity, or you’re an adult who has already been through this period of transformation. Either way, absolutely everyone can relate to it. It is also a wonderful story of healing and forgiveness, the story of a community that needs desperately to heal the wounds of the past. The story is timeless.”


Cat Burgess

The play features a cast of 26, with the following key roles: Luke Swearingin (Ren McCormack – the part played by Kevin Bacon in the movie), Alex Giorgi (Reverend Shaw Moore – the John Lithgow part) and Toosie West (Vi Moore – the Diane Weist part).

The directing staff consists of Archer (director), Daryl Harrison Carson (scenic and lighting design), Summer Olssen (costume design) and Chris Wilkerson (stage manager).

Numerous scene changes make Footloose stand out among other plays that MHCC students have performed in the recent past. “The show has many locations and the script suggests that the look of the stage should change significantly with each scene, without a lot of time built into the show to accomplish that,” says Harrison Carson.

“Scenery will fly in on pipes, roll in on wagons and be carried in to suggest the various locations,” adds Harrison Carson. “The look will have an open feel to indicate the vast skyline of Texas.”

Archer describes the two-hour play as a great story for families. While there is some language that would make the play PG rated if it were a movie, “it is a fun and uplifting story that everyone can appreciate.”

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or dsoweb@mhcc.edu. Please contact the office at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.


Tim Van Valkenberg, Chris Wilkerson, Prisma Flores,
Minda Gratreaks

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