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PHS Drama Club presents Footloose


Cut loose
Kick off the Sunday shoes
Ooh-wee, Marie
Shake it, shake it for me
Whoa, Milo
Come on, come on, let’s go
Lose your blues
Everybody cut footloose
-1984 Song by Kenny Loggins

Go ahead and sing it, you know how it goes.

Whether it be on Thursday April 18th, Friday April 19th, Saturday April 20th at 7 pm or on the Saturday matinee at 2 pm, the audience will arrive early and be ready to sing as they prepare for the musical performance of Footloose by the Peekskill High School Drama Company

On those dates, at those times, the audience will arrive in droves to the Peekskill High School Performing Arts Center at Peekskill High School for the Spring Drama Club Musical. 

A few minutes later, the lights will blink once and the audience will know the show is about to begin. A booming voice will come through the speakers and begin.    

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to tonight’s performance of Footloose presented by the Peekskill High School Drama Club. Please note that any recording of this performance, either through video or photograph is strictly prohibited. A reminder that mobile phones should be silenced or turned off throughout tonight’s entire performance. Thank you and we hope you enjoy tonight’s performance.” 

The lights will completely dim, the spotlight will be set center stage and the actors will take you far from the City of Peekskill and bring you on a journey with Footloose

Final PHS Drama Club rehearsals taken on Monday for performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Photo Credit: Laura Belfiore, Producer

Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, an ordinary teenage boy from Chicago who loves to dance. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont in middle-America after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. 

When the reverends rebellious daughter Ariel sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. 

With the help of Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren tries to  convince the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all. 

Final PHS Drama Club rehearsals taken on Monday for performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Photo Credit: Laura Belfiore, Producer

The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

To the rockin rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top 40 score, along with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

Watch as Senior Jay Wilson plays Run McCormack, Ariana Okoth plays Ariel Moore, Dylan Diaz Santos plays Willard Hewitt, and Jesse Pauta plays Ethel McCormack in their final Peekskill High Drama Musical. 

Rounding out the cast is Junior Gabbie Smart portraying Rusty, Sophomores Robert Chavez plays Chuck Cranston and Lenita Esteves as Vi Moore, and Freshman Max Ferrer plays Rev. Shaw Moore.

Tickets for the show can be bought in advance via this link and at the door. Please note,  refreshments and snacks will be for sale during the show for additional purchase. Please bring a few extra dollars if you would like to help the club out and get refreshments before the show or during intermission.

The full Footloose PHS Drama Club Cast list:
Ren McCormack: Jay Wilson (Understudy: Dylan Diaz Santos)
Ariel Moore: Ariana Okoth (Understudy: Skyla Houston)
Willard Hewitt: Dylan Diaz Santos (Understudy: Marjaan Webster)
Rusty: Gabbie Smart
Rev. Shaw Moore: Max Ferrer (Understudy: Robert Chavez)
Ethel McCormack: Jesse Pauta (Understudy: Jayden Crawley)
Chuck Cranston: Robert Chavez (Understudy: Jason Dominguez)
Vi Moore: Lenita Esteves
Cowboy Bob: Jason Dominguez (Understudy: David Hoilett)
Urleen: Skyla Houston (Understudy: Evoleth Jaden)
Wendy Jo: Jayden Crawley
Lyle: Marjaan Webster
Travis: Jason Dominguez
Jeter: Marjaan Webster
Bickle: David Hoilett
Garvin: Theo North
Harry Clark: Onyx Berger
Coach Roger Dunbar: David Hoilett
Lulu Warnicker: Joanna John
Wes Warnicker: Theo North
Eleanor Dunbar: Chloe Ayestas
Betty Blast: Camila Cedeno
Cop: Dominic Sangurima
Cowboy Bob’s Band: Robert Chavez

The full Footloose PHS Drama Club Ensemble Members:

Nyree Lewis, Joanna John, Chloe Ayestas, Yaniara Lora, Marjaan Webster, Jayden Crawley, Camila Cedeno, Evoleth Jaden, Jason Dominguez, Onyx Berger, Theo North, Dominic Sangurima, Skyla Houstan, David Hoilett
Director: Kiah Mahy

The full Footloose PHS Drama Club Crew Members:

Lighting Board Operator: Victoria Lopez
Stage Crew Managers: Brian Veloz and Thaigo Perez
Assistant Crew Manager: David Lliguipuma
Costumes: Elah Ockler
Props Master: Josh Mowna
Crew Members: Dasha Sanchez, Alejandra Forbes, Brian Caldwell, Yerik Romero, Abigail Garcia, Tahali De Paz, Vivianna Smith, Romina Handelman

Asst Director: Patricia Johnson
Tech Director: Terry Sandler
Producer: Laura Belfiore
Set Design: Carlo Vidrini
Music Director: Adam Gloc
Sound: Mel Bolden

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]