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High school students to perform ‘Footloose’

Steven Beemsterboer (wearing large hat) plays Ren as he rehearses with Ean Schultz who plays Willard. | Frank Vaisvilas~For Sun-Times

Steven Beemsterboer (wearing large hat) plays Ren as he rehearses with Ean Schultz who plays Willard. | Frank Vaisvilas~For Sun-Times Media

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What: “Footloose” musical

When: 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday

Where: Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

Tickets: $10, 815-462-2300, www.lw210.org

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Updated: May 11, 2014 10:00AM



Now they’re gonna cut loose.

And, the student performers are hoping to make the Lincoln-Way Central High School production of “Footloose” one to remember.

“We really want to rock this one out,” director Liz Yerkovich said. “We’re really hoping to pack the house for this one.”

Yerkovich said she hopes fans of the film, many of whom are parents of children at the school, will come out to see the show for a little ‘80s nostalgia, especially since this year marks the original movie’s 30th anniversary. “Footloose” is based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon and features the songs “Footloose,” “Let’s Hear it for the Boys,” “Almost Paradise” and others.

The show runs from Thursday through Saturday.

Yerkovich is hoping to spark some added interest in the school’s theater program. Attendance could’ve been better for recent performances at the school, she said.

Yerkovich said she hopes many more students will at come and see the shows and, maybe, some of them would be inspired to become involved in the arts or audition.

“Back in the early 2000s, Lincoln-Way was selling out (shows),” Yerkovich said. “In the past five or six years, we’ve not had a full house, yet.”

She hopes the last show of the year, Footloose, will be attended by underclassmen who’ll be inspired and help keep the school’s arts program alive and well.

The seniors, however, have another motivation to put on a good show.

“It’s going to make saying goodbye that much harder,” said senior Jessica Cepolski who plays Ariel.

She said she’s worked with many of her classmates in performances during her four years at the school and they’re looking to make this last show memorable.

Quite different from her role in “Beauty and the Beast” during her freshman year or other roles, Cepolski said “Footloose” is more down-to-earth.

“In this one, I feel really closer to the character,” Cepolski said.

The student performers have been working hard on their characters and have even been practicing Southern accents in their everyday lives.

Senior Ean Schultz, who plays Willard, said some of his friends laugh when he talks to them in a Southern accent, but they know he’s dedicated to the role.

During rehearsal last week, Yerkovich pushed the students to make the transitions between scenes more streamlined in the highly energetic musical.

“As much as I push them, they never show me they’re exhausted,” Yerkovich said.

Senior Steven Beemsterboer, who plays Ren in the show, said the performance calls for a lot of dancing to rock-style music, but “It’s fun to sing. It’s fun to dance.”



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