The cast of 'Footloose: Youth Edition' PHOTOS COURTESY OF GROOVY MOVIE AND H. BROWN

A timeless story of rebellion, resilience, the power of music, dancing, and having a little fun, takes center stage when the Athens Theatre Youth Academy presents its upcoming production of Footloose: Youth Edition at the Athens Theatre in DeLand. With shows at 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, along with a special matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2, get ready to let go, lose your blues, everybody cut Footloose!

Isobel Cloudman and Xavier Soto-Colon (playing the roles of Ariel and Ren, respectively) take a moment to take a sweet picture!

Based on the original screenplay and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, this stage adaptation, featuring music by Tom Snow, is set to entertain and inspire. Footloose: Youth Edition tells the tale of Ren McCormack, a charismatic teenager from Chicago who, along with his mother, relocates to the conservative town of Bomont after his father’s abandonment. Ren’s arrival in Bomont sets off a series of events that expose the town’s strict ban on dancing, enforced by the Rev. Shaw Moore. Ren, determined to challenge this unjust rule, rallies his peers, including the spirited Ariel, the Reverend’s daughter, and the endearing Willard, to reclaim their freedom of expression through dance.

Under the direction of the Youth Academy director, Angelyn Rhode, along with Assistant Director Mark Leavitt and choreography by Lauren Stromak, the talented young performers have been diligently rehearsing to bring this iconic musical to life (in just two weeks’ time)! The role of Ren is being played by Xavier Soto-Colon, Isobel Cloudman will be portraying Ariel, Jordanny Hiciano will take on the role of the Rev. Shaw, and Robinson Rosenberg will play Willard. Moreover, set design, costuming, and all technical work are being done by the academy’s Design, Costuming, & Tech camp.

Audiences can expect exhilarating dance numbers, catchy songs, and a heartfelt exploration of themes such as family, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit. Footloose: Youth Edition is a powerful story that resonates with audiences of all generations, and these young stars can’t wait to share their interpretation of this beloved musical..

The production features additional music by acclaimed artists such as Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. The unforgettable tunes and electrifying choreography will transport audiences back to the iconic ’80s era while delivering a relevant and timeless message. Join the Athens Theatre Youth Academy for an unforgettable experience as they bring Footloose: Youth Edition to the stage!

The Athens Theatre Youth Academy is a prestigious performing arts organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the talents of young performers. Through a variety of workshops, classes and productions, the academy provides a platform for young artists to thrive and grow in their artistic endeavors and beyond.

The Athens Theatre is at 124 N. Florida Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

More information and tickets can be found at or by calling the box office at 386-736-1500.


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