Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tucson: PCC Theatre Arts presents "Footloose"



From: Carder, Carol [mailto:ccarder@pima.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 11:09 AM
Subject: Pima Community College Center for the Arts - Footloose 80s Night! - Feb. 26


Center for the Arts

Carol Carder, marketing/pr director
2202 W. Anklam, Tucson, AZ 85709-0140
Todd Poelstra, theatre faculty

Mickey Nugent, theatre arts faculty
520-661-8052 (cell phone)

January 27, 2009

Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents “Footloose,” the high-energy musical with electrifying dance routines set to 80’s rock

What:  PCC Theatre Arts presents the musical “Footloose”
PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709
When: February 25-March 8, 2009, Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. (Preview performance on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.)
Opening celebration - 80s Night! Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. Come in 80’s attire. ASL interpreters available March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Open to the public. General seating. $18 with discounts available for preview night, groups, students, seniors and PCC affiliates.
Photo call: February 10 at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre
Box office: 520-206-6986, centerforthearts@pima.edu - box office hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to performance
Tucson, Arizona--PCC Theatre Arts cuts loose and brings back all the over-the-top fun of the 80s with its exuberant spring production, “Footloose,” February 25 through March 8. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 1998, was adapted for stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Footloose is brought to the Pima stage by the collaborative efforts of the creative team of Todd Poelstra, Mickey Nugent and David Waggoner, and an incredibly talented group of student actors, dancers, singers and musicians. A preview performance of “Footloose” on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. will begin the show’s two-week run. An opening celebration, 80s Night!, is planned for February 26 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to come dressed in 80s attire and hair styles. Prizes will be given. Sign language interpreters will be available for the Wednesday, March 4 performance.

“Footloose,” based on one of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory, bursts onto the live stage with the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score. The soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and included Holding Out For a Hero, Let’s Hear it For the Boy, Almost Paradise, On Any Sunday, I Can’t Stand Still, and of course, Footloose. The story follows a teen from Chicago (Ren) forced to move with his mother to a puritanical small town after his father abandons the family. He is outraged to discover that the local preacher has strictly forbidden dancing. The reverend’s daughter (Ariel) captures Ren’s heart as they connect over love, loss and frustrations with their lives. Together they lead the youth to protest the anti-dancing law. With tenacity and clever use of the Bible, Ren takes on the preacher and brings dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy.

“Footloose,” the seventh musical production directed by Poelstra, Nugent and Waggoner; taps into the choreography skills of Nugent, musical direction of Waggoner and the experience of pit orchestra conductor Dr. Mark Nelson. According to Poelstra, “We have more talent packed on this stage than we’ve ever seen. It’s going to be a powerhouse of energy. It’s beyond high energy—it’s explosive”! Footloose will entertain the young and those who remember what it is like to be young. It’s almost paradise
The Pima Community College Center for the Arts is located on West Campus at 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson (just west of downtown). Tickets are $18 with discounts available. For ticket information contact the box office at 206-6986 or centerforthearts@pima.edu <mailto:centerforthearts@pima.edu> .

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A photo call for the media is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre. Director Mickey Nugent is available for interviews. Call 520-661-8052 (cell phone) or e-mail micnuge@aol.com.

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