Footloose is coming to the UCM Theatre Department in October.

A press release from the The University of Central Missouri says the Theatre Department and the Music Department are teaming-up to present the musical production of Footloose, for October 4 - 8 in the James L. Highlander Theatre in Warrensburg.

The show takes place in the in the fictional Midwest town of Bomont, and inspired by real events that happened in Elmore City, Okla.

UCM says, 'Footloose incorporates songs from the 1984 film and also features new music, which was created for the Broadway production that opened in October 1998.'

The story follows Ren McCormack and his mother Ethel, new residents to Bomont, but originally from Chicago.

The press release states, Ren’s father has recently deserted the family and Ethel has no choice but to move to the small town and receive help from her sister and brother-in-law. Ren discovers that the town has been living under a five-year ordinance that makes public dancing illegal. Ren sets out to change the law and win the hearts of his new high school peers. Filled with likeable characters, memorable music, wonderful dance numbers and emotional heart, Footloose is sure to be an enjoyable evening for the whole family.

The production is directed by UCM Theatre professor and department chair, John Wilson. The musical director is Kristee Haney, assistant professor of music. Senior music major Andrew Hamilton serves as the conducting band director, and Ashley Miller-Scully is the choreographer.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. October 4-7 and 2 p.m. October 8. UCM noted that children under 5-year old will not be admitted.

Tickets for Footloose can be purchased, at the Theatre Box Office between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Or call, 660-543-8811. Online purchases can be completed at ucmo.edu/theatretickets.

General admission ticket prices are $15.00, $12.00 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $7.00 for students.

Kurt Parsons