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Footloose Auditions

MET’s FOOTLOOSE auditions will begin on Thursday, July 14th at 6 PM.

Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; based onto original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford

Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman

We’re looking for actors ages 12 and up – lots of teen roles as well as adults of all ages.

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Next at the Black Box

Presenting “Love! Compassion! Valor!” by Terrence McNally

Sunday August 14, 2016, 7:00 pm

The setting is at a lakeside summer vacation house in Dutchess County, two hours north of New York City where eight gay friends spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer together for Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day.

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Jul
14
Thu
Footloose Auditions @ METs Black Box on Main
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm

MET’s FOOTLOOSE auditions will begin on Thursday, July 14th at 6 PM.

Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; based onto original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford

Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman

We’re looking for actors ages 12 and up – lots of teen roles as well as adults of all ages.

Main Characters:

REN (M, approximately 17 years old, Tenor, must be a strong dancer)
ETHEL (F, 40s, Mezzo)
REVEREND SHAW (M, 40s or 50s, Baritone, no dancing)
VI (F, 40s, Mezzo)
ARIEL (F, 17, Soprano)
WILLARD (M, 17, Baritone, has to have his own style when he dances)
RUSTY (F, 17, high belter)

Sign-up here (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44afab2fa0f85-footloose) for a time to come SING: 16-32 bars from a musical – be sure to bring sheet music in the correct key!  You may sing 2 songs if you want, just be sure they contrast, as in an up-tempo AND a ballad.

Dance and Acting auditions will be scheduled at various times on Saturday, July 16th as a call-back – so keep that date open!

All auditions will be held at the MET Rehearsal Space at 933 E. Main Street in Mesa.  Headshot/Resumé requested but not required.

The show will begin rehearsing on July 25th; Performances will be September 9-25, 2016, at the Mesa Arts Center.

We can’t wait to CUT FOOTLOOSE this fall at MET!

Email Suze for more information: suzer22@earthlink.net

Director/Choreographer: Suze St. John

Musical Director: Debra Jo Davey

Producer: Pam Pershing

Aug
14
Sun
Play Reading Series Presents – “Love! Valor! Compassion!” by Terrence McNally @ Black Box on Main
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm

The setting is at a lakeside summer vacation house in Dutchess County, two hours north of New York City where eight gay friends spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer together for Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day. The house belongs to Gregory, a successful Broadway choreographer now approaching middle age, who fears he is losing his creativity; and his twenty-something lover, Bobby, a legal assistant who’s blind. Each of the guests at their house is connected to Gregory’s work in one way or another – Arthur and longtime partner Perry are business consultants; John Jeckyll, a sour Englishman, is a dance accompanist; die-hard musical theater fanatic Buzz Hauser is a costume designer and the most stereotypically gay man in the group. Only John’s summer lover, Ramon, and John’s twin brother James are outside the circle of friends. But Ramon is outgoing and eventually makes a place for himself in the group, and James is such a gentle soul that he is quickly welcomed. “Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag.

Please be aware that this play is adult themed.

DIRECTOR: Mark Clemente
CAST: TBA

This is a free event, though donations are gladly accepted (we have some costs due to rights and scripts, though the actors and directors donate their time).

Sep
9
Fri
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 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. 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. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
10
Sat
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 10 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 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. 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. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
11
Sun
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 11 @ 2:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 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. 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. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Play Reading Series Presents – “Fat Pig” by Neil LaBute @ Black Box on Main
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute’s sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

Please be aware that this play is adult themed.

DIRECTOR: Chris Chavez

CAST: TBA

This is a free event, though donations are gladly accepted (we have some costs due to rights and scripts, though the actors and directors donate their time).

Sep
15
Thu
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 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. 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. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
16
Fri
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 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. 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. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
17
Sat
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 17 @ 2:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 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. 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. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 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. 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. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

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Mesa Encore Theatre (MET) brings the fun and excitement of live theatre to the community with integrity and dedication to excellence. We are committed to being an integral part of the cultural experience that contributes to the quality of life for all – adults of any age, youth and children. MET respects the talents and skills of its volunteers and welcomes everyone to participate, enjoying and enhancing their performing arts experience, both on stage and behind the scenes.