Less than one month until “Footloose” musical hits MHS stage


Marshalltown High School students in the fall musical “Footloose” are pictured during a rehearsal. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Hadley Wagner, Bell Russell, Hannah Shirar and Nick Cooper. The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. both November 11 and 12 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The musical “Footloose” is coming to Marshalltown High School in less than one month.

Directed by Heather Lee and Amy Ose, rehearsals are continuing at the high school in anticipation of the shows, which will be at 7 p.m. both Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The musical is based on the 1984 hit movie of the same name. It centers on the ban of dancing and rock music in the small town of Bomont and the teenage rebellion that followed the ban.

Many of those who were around in the 1980s will remember several of the hit songs that were part of the soundtrack including “Holding Out For a Hero,” “Almost Paradise,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” the title track “Footloose” and others.

“The songs people will remember but the music is a little more theatrical,” Ose said.

The buzz is building around the musical, which has been moved to the fall this year at MHS.

“A lot of people are excited about the show,” Ose said. “I believe it matches the strengths of the students.”

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children (kindergarten through eighth grade) with activity tickets honored.

For a brief video of the rehearsal, click here.


Lucas Thiessen, left, and Eva Hernandez are pictured in a rehearsal for “Footloose.”