Musicals at Richter

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Footloose

Hairspray

 

 

 

July 1st – July 16th, 2016

Directed and Choreographed by MAR Veteran Matthew Farina

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Based on the phenomenally popular 1984 movie of the same name starring Kevin Bacon, “Footloose” follows the struggles of transplanted Chicago teen Ren McCormack as he tries to adapt to life in a small Midwestern town.  Singled out as the newcomer at school, Ren finds himself at odds with the town’s laws against dancing, put into place by a conservative local minister following a tragic car accident many years before that claimed the lives of four young people.  Ren is emboldened to fight the ban when he falls in love with the minister’s daughter, Ariel, and successfully rallies the town’s youth to take action. As the musical unfolds, it captures the spirit of youthful exuberance, romance and rebellion through exhilarating choreography and a toe-tapping score.

 

With music by Tom snow (among others), lyrics by Dean Pitchford (additional lyrics by Kenny Loggins) and a book by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, “Footloose” arrived on Broadway in 1998 where it ran for 709 performances and was nominated for four Tony Awards. The musical’s infectious pop score, based on the original film’s multimillion-selling soundtrack, features many familiar Top 40 hits, including “Almost Paradise,” “Somebody’s Eyes,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Still Rockin’,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,”
and, of course, the title song 


 

 

 "An evening spent enjoying a musical at Richter Park is hard to top. 

This production exceeds all expectations. The outrageously talented cast 
delivers in every way, singing, acting and most importantly dancing....
Everybody’s eyes should be on this musical which is 
paradise. Don’t hold out for Broadway, loosen up your feet, 
because heaven can’t help you if you miss this!"
--Beth Young, Newtown Bee

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"Run, walk, dance...do whatever you have to in order to see Footloose at Musicals at Richter. Matthew Farina has superbly directed a spectacular cast whose energy radiates from the stage and makes you want to get up and join them when the finale comes."    
--Matt Austin, Cocktails and Curtain Calls, Charter Cable
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Erick Sánchez (Stamford) is featured in the leading role of Ren McCormack.  A recent graduate of Louisiana State University with a master’s degree in music/vocal performance, Sánchez last appeared locally as Bobby in “Company” at The Brookfield Theater for the Arts.  Sydney Coelho (Danbury) portrays Ren’s love interest, Ariel. A rising senior at Hofstra University, Coelho received critical acclaim as Natalie in “Next to Normal,” also at The Brookfield Theater for the Arts.

 

Thomas Ovitt (New Milford) plays Willard Hewitt, Ren’s sidekick, and Connor Spain (Bethel) takes on the role of Chuck Cranston, Ariel’s jealous, soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend.

 

Appearing as Ariel’s friends Rusty, Urleen and Wendy Jo are Jessica Schwartz (Brookfield), Carolyn Savoia (Ridgefield) and Bryelle Burgus (Putnam Valley, NY).

 


Ted Schwartz (Brookfield) and Priscilla Squiers (Danbury) portray Ariel’s parents, Reverend Shaw Moore and his long-suffering wife, Vi.  Alysia Ross (Danbury) is featured as Eleanor McCormack, Ren’s mother; Carolyn and Kevin McCarthy (Brewster, NY) play Ren’s aunt and uncle, Wes and Lulu Warnacker.

 

  John Armstrong (Newtown) is featured as Coach Roger Dunbar and Denise Milmerstadt (Carmel, NY) portrays his wife Eleanor.  Jack Moreno (Newtown) takes on the role of the high school principal Harry Clark, and Barbara Kessler (Danbury) is Betty Blast, the owner of the local burger joint.  Will Armstrong (Greenwich) is Cowboy Bob, the bandleader at a dance club outside the Bomont city limits.

 

Completing the dynamic ensemble cast are: Jeremy Demelo and Jillian Fredette (Brookfield); Sarah Baker, Caitlin Burke, Noah Matson, Matt Olencki, Brailyn Rodriguez and Ismael Santana (Danbury); Shannon Gaffney and Sara Parille (New Fairfield); Jack Armstrong, Brenna Calderara and Jacob Schultz (Newtown); and Faith Fernandes (Stratford).

 

“Footloose” is directed and choreographed by New Fairfield native and MAR alumnus Matthew Farina (Danbury).  An elementary educator in Redding, Farina has directed and choreographed numerous area productions, including “Oklahoma!” this past spring at Immaculate High School and “Hairspray” last summer at MAR.

 

The “Footloose” creative team also includes Jesse Ofgang (Kent) as musical director, Jennie Lozier (New Milford) as producer, and Katie Girardot (New Milford) as stage manager.



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First
Last
Ren
Erick
Sanchez
Ariel
Sydney
Coelho
Williard
Thomas
Ovitt
Rusty
Jessica
Schwartz
Shaw
Ted
Schwartz
Vi
Priscilla
Squiers
Urleen
Carolyn
Savoia
Wendy Jo
Bryelle
Burgus
Chuck
Connor
Spain
Ethel
Alysia
Ross
Lyle
Demelo
Jeremy
Travis
Matt
Olencki
Jeter
Ismael
Santana
Bickle
Noah
Matson
Garvin
Jacob
Schultz
Wes
Kevin
McCarthy
Lulu
Carolyn
McCarthy
Betty Blast
Barbara
Kessler
Eleanor Dunbar
Denise
Milmerstadt
Principal
Jack 
Moreno
Coach Dunbar
John 
Armstrong
Cowboy Bob
Will
Armstrong
 
 
 
Teen Ensemble
 
 
 
Jack
Armstrong
 
Sarah
Baker
 
Caitlin
Burke
 
Brenna
Calderara
 
Faith
Fernandes
 
Shannon
Gaffney
 
Sara
Parille
 
Brailyn
Rodriguez
 
Fredette
Jillian

 

 

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