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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Cuttin' Loose with Footloose !!!!


The Kinetic Theatre Arts is a non-profit Theatre company (Ages 16 upwards) and Youth Academy (ages 6-16yrs) founded in 2013.Its aim is to equip performers with the skills and experiences needed to enter the Performing Arts industry with the ethos of training whilst performing.......

For those of you who don't know Footloose the story is based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon as Ren, who along with his mother relocates to Bomont following the departure of Rens father .In Bomont he encounters Reverend Shaw Moore who ,being the powerful spiritual leader of the town, has banned dancing within the town limits following the tragic car accident five years previously of four teenagers ( his son being a victim) With the help of Reverend Moores daughter Ariel plus the support of his mother and classmates Ren vows ''To take on this town'' and ''throw a dance''

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the evening performance of The Kinetic Arts production of Footloose at The Richard Burton Theatre within The RWCMD along with Fab Sister.
The First Act is always difficult ,I feel, as characters and plot are established ,however, Jack Green (Ren) and Jade Wellbeloved (Ariel) are well suited in their roles -both are dynamic performers and own their characters as well as the stage -  I loved Jade Wellbeloveds' feisty rendition of 'Holding out for a Hero'.
Being a boot/shoe fan I have to mention the minor star of the show- Ariel's red boots , a symbol of her defiance against the repression of her surroundings - fabulous haha!!
I especially enjoyed the Second Act which included Ren and Ariel's duet 'Almost Paradise' - very poignant and heartfelt .
I also loved Morgan Thomas' ( Willard)  performance as a whole and during his group rendition of  'Mama says' with Llewys Brewer (Bickle).Ethan Davies(Garvin) ,Thomas Price(Jetter) and Jack Green (Ren)
Fab Sister thoroughly enjoyed Kit Sweet as Reverend Shaw as well as a fabulous rendition of 'Lets hear it for the boy' from Rusty (Georgia Miller)

I have to say there seemed problems in the sound department as the band often drowned out the performers plus dialogue was lost at several points which ,at times, distracted from the performance-however the cast performed with energy and enthusiasm from the start !

Footloose continues tomorrow - Matinee 2.30pm and Evening performance 7.30pm

Disclosure: I received 2 tickets for this review- all opinions are 100% honest and my own



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