Let’s hear it for the boys

Vernon Community Music School's Lights of Broadway is looking for males for its staging of Footloose.

The Lights of Broadway is looking for the next Kevin Bacon or Chris Penn for its staging of Footloose, the musical.

The musical theatre school, which operates out of the Vernon Community Music School, is led by Charity Van Gameren, who is holding private auditions for the Broadway play, based on the ‘80s classic film.

“We are looking for guys between the ages of 13 and 21 who can sing and have the ability to follow and learn choreographed dance routines,” said Van Gameren, adding she also needs one male, aged 30 to 50, to fill in one role.

“They must be able to sing.”

Footloose is Lights of Broadway’s 14th annual spring production, following its successful presentation of Hairspray in May.

“(Footloose) is one of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory that will burst onto the live stage with exhilarating results,” said Van Gameren. “It celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, and guiding them with a young heart and open mind.”

The cast will be jumping to the rockin’ rhythms of Footloose’s Oscar and Tony nominated Top 40 score, which includes two number-one hits, Kenny Loggins’ Footloose and Deniece Williams’ Let’s Hear It for the Boy, as well as Almost Paradise, a duet by Ann Wilson of Heart and Mike Reno of Loverboy.

Along with the excitement of announcing Footloose, Van Gameren says she is equally thrilled to announce her full studio will be putting on a Christmas extravaganza at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Dec. 13.

Christmas Around the World will bring, for one night only, music and dance from different parts of the world.

“It’s a magical storytelling of the nations and their traditions during this beautiful time of year,” said Van Gameren, adding tickets for the Christmas show will go on sale at the Ticket Seller box office in the VPAC in mid-November.

In the meantime, those gents wishing to set up an audition for Footloose can e-mail Van Gameren at cjvangameren@yahoo.ca