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Footloose Synopsis

Chicago. A group of young people have gathered at their favorite dance club to unwind and say goodbye to Ren McCormack. Ren's father has walked out, so he and his mother are forced to move in with her sister's family in a small town nobody has ever heard of - Beaumont.

Ren soon finds himself at odds with the repressive atmosphere in Beaumont, where the spiritual life of the community is overseen by the power local minister Reverend Moore. Ren is stunned to learn that dancing is not allowed anywhere within the town limits of Beaumont. His new friends explain that this law dates back five years to a car accident that claimed the lives of four Beaumont teenagers. In the flood of grief and guilt that followed that tragedy, Rev Moore managed to convince the town council to ban dancing. The only person seemingly unfazed by Rev Moore's iron-fisted control is his daughter Ariel.

Following a bout with her healous boyfriend, Ren walks Ariel home and they find they have a lot in common. But Rev Moore forbids Ariel to see Ren again, citing him as a troublemaker, despite his wife's pleas. Annoyed, the minister walks away.

The next day, frustrated by his new stifling environment, Ren vows to "take on this town" and incites a revolution by his classmates to throw a dance.

Ren drives Ariel and their friends 100 miles outside Beaumont to a dance hall where they party into the night and teach Willard how to dance. When Ariel finally arrives home, her defiance infuriates Rev Moore, who denies that he has become too severe since the death of his son - one of the teenagers killed in the fateful car accident. Angered, he walks away again.

At the long awaited town council meeting, Ren makes his case for a dance with Ariel's help. When the motion is defeated, he is devastated, but his mother convinces him that Rev Moore "fixed" the vote, and urges him to try again by speaking privately with the minister.

Ren goes to the church, but after a brief discussion in which Rev Moore is unable to share his fears and motivation for continuing the ban, he asks Ren to leave and turns away. Appalled by his own actions, it is only then that the minister realizes how musch the pain of his son's death has overshadowed his life, and the lives of everyone in Beaumont. After a struggle with his conscience, he announces to his parishioners that he has had a change of heart - that in fact a dance might be a good idea.

And so, for the first time in years, the young people of Beaumont are able to dance freely, and as everyone joins in, the evening becomes not only a celebration, but finally as ecstatic expression of healing. They dared to dance and "Everybody Cut Footloose!"

Footloose Musical Numbers

- Ren and Company
On Any Sunday - Rev Moore, Choir, and Parishioners
The Girl Gets Around - Chuck, Ariel, Travis, and Lyle
I Can't Stand Still - Ren
Somebody's Eyes - Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo, and Company
Learning To Be Silent - Vi and Ethel
Holding Out For A Hero - Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo, and Urleen
Heaven Help Me - Rev Moore
I'm Free/Heaven Help Me - Ren, Rev Moore, and Company
Let's Make Believe We're In Love - Irene and Her Country Kickers
Let's Hear It For The Boy - Rusty and Company
Can You Find It In Your Heart - Vi
Mama Says - Willard, Bickle, Garvin, Jeter, and Ren
Almost Paradise - Ren and Ariel
Dancing Is Not A Crime - Ren, Willard, Bickle, Garvin, and Jeter
I Confess - Rev Moore
Can You Find It In Your Heart (Reprise) - Rev Moore
Footloose (Finale) - Company

Music & Music:  You may find the following music and movie useful:
Music: Footloose the Musical (1998 Original Broadway Cast)
DVD: Footloose (1984)