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July 7-16: Highland Summer Theatre to go a little 'Footloose'

Musical will cap off summer season.

2016-07-18
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 6-28-2016

MANKATO –Highland Summer Theatre will cap off its very special 50th anniversary season by going a little “Footloose” on the Ted Paul Theatre stage.

“Footloose” the musical is the fourth installment of the summer season, running 7:30 p.m. July 7-9 and 13-16 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato. The production is sponsored by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Farrish Johnson Law Office and an anonymous donor.

Here’s a bit more about the production: When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home.

When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

In the photo, Willard (Andrew Anderson) confides what his "Mama Says" to his new best friend, Ren (Ty Hudson).

Tickets are $22 regular and $19 discounted (for those over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more).
Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or amanda.dyslin@mnsu.edu for more information.

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