‘Footloose’ to Get People Dancing at River Campus



April 2, 2009 – “Footloose,” one of the most explosive movie musicals, will burst onto the live stage at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

The “Footloose” story line unfolds when Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farm town, and Ren begins preparing for the adjustment into a new high school.  However, he isn’t ready for the demanding local laws, which include a ban on dancing.  The dancing ban was put into effect by the town’s preacher, who, although he can control the town’s youth, cannot control his own daughter, Ariel.

When Ariel sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to ruin his new reputation, and the town is eager to believe the worst about Ren.  With the senior prom around the corner, Ren and his classmates must work together to find a way to end the ban.

Jeffrey Lyons from WNBC-TV wrote, “Exhilarating!  You’ll have a hard time staying in your seat!”

The score is one of 40 top Oscar-nominated.  After reaching number one on the Billboard charts, the soundtrack album has sold more than 15 million copies.  New dynamic songs have been added to “Footloose,” a play that celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. 


May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, visit online at MetroTix.com, keyword “footloose,” or call toll free (800) 293-5949.