FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Contact: Mel Reis, (802) 592-3079
Lyndonville, VT – The preparations for the yearly Riverside School musical have begun. This year the 6th-8th graders are producing Footloose! The show will be on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, March 30th at 2:00 PM at the Lyndon Institute Auditorium. Admission is by donation and the performance is appropriate for all ages.
Footloose! is about Ren McCormack, a charming Chicago teenager who moves to a small town in Oklahoma called Bomont. Ren is dismayed when he discovers the local law against dancing, put in place by the church’s reverend. Ren, along with other friends, help to convince town leaders to permit dancing in town.
Until Riverside’s performance, the middle school students are buzzing with excitement as they work hard to make this musical production possible. The work starts with electives that take place twice a week. The students participate in publicity, sets, props, costuming, choreography, and rehearsals. This lasts for six weeks before “Play Week”, an entire week with no classes, completely devoted to the show and ending with the final performances.
Eighth grader Maren Giese says, “Play Week can be very stressful, but it’s also fun because you get to work a lot with your peers.”
In the Publicity Elective, students are tasked with designing and creating the poster and t-shirts, as well as spreading the word through advertisements, letters, and, yes, writing press releases (including this one)! The Sets Elective plans, builds, and paints the scenery and backdrops, while props creates and collects the objects seen on stage. Together, they set the scene and create the town of Bomont!
In the Costuming Elective, the students are busy gathering fabrics, cutting and sewing, and making the characters of Footloose! come to life. This group decided to set the production in the 1980s and is having a lot of fun using the bright fashions from that era.
While all of this is going on, certain students are called every day to practice their scenes, songs, and choreography with music teacher Lydia Ham and English teacher and director Peter Sahlin. They accomplish a lot in the just twelve rehearsals before Play Week.
On opening night, the students finally get to show off all of their hard work. Seventh grader Donovan Randall says, “it’s very stressful, but once the curtain opens all the stress goes away and you know you will do great!”
Music by Tom Snow. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. Based on the original screenplay. A part of the R&H Getting to Know collection.