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Music and meaning in Davis High’s ‘Footloose’
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Mar 07, 2014 | 2215 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tori Phillips as Ariel and Connor Petersen as Ren in Davis High's production of "Footloose." Photo by Jenniffer Wardell | Davis Clipper
Tori Phillips as Ariel and Connor Petersen as Ren in Davis High's production of "Footloose." Photo by Jenniffer Wardell | Davis Clipper
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KAYSVILLE — There’s a big heart beneath the toe-tapping exterior.

Davis High is bringing the well-known movie “Footloose” to life, set run March 7-8 and 10-15 on the Davis High stage.  Though both the musical and the movie it’s based on are best known for singing and dancing, director Don Keaton was surprised to find it also had a profound message.  

“At first, I just thought it would be really fun for the kids to dance,” he said. “But when I got the script, I found it was so much deeper than that. It’s a great teaching tool about tolerance and love.”

For those not familiar with the story, “Footloose” is based on the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie (though teens may be more familiar with the 2011 remake). In the film, the city council of a small town forbids dancing and rock music after a car accident leads to the deaths of four teens.

A major factor in the decision was an influential preacher named Revered Shaw, whose son was one of those killed. When a young man from Chicago moves into town, he falls in love with Shaw’s daughter and challenges the rule.

“There’s so much an individual can get out of the show,” said Keaton. “The reverend is just trying to do his best, but his relationship with his daughter is more important than being right.”

Even with the show’s serious heart, there’s still plenty of opportunity to sing and dance.

The title track of the 1984 movie won a Golden Globe, along with being nominated for an Oscar, and the song has a featured place in the musical. The show also includes several other well-known songs from the movie, including “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Almost Paradise.”

“It’s a fun show,” said Keaton. “The students were excited about it from the get-go.”

To Keaton, though, the best part of the show is what the students have managed to do with it.

“We have very strong leads, both vocally and as actors,” he said. “It’s great to see the depth of talent Davis has.”

Tickets for the show are $7 for adults and $5 for students. They can either be purchased at the box office an hour and a half before the show or online at dhsarts.com.

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