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‘Footloose: The Musical’ at Kitsap Forest Theater | Kitsap Week

BREMERTON — Through “Footloose, The Musical,” Kitsap Forest Theater and its family audiences will explore familiar topics: family, community, morals, values and self-expression.

The popular music of the 1980s film and new songs created for the musical adaptation will come to life on the forest floor of this outdoor amphitheater just west of Bremerton. The Mountaineers Players will present this toe-tapping show each weekend at 2 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 19.

Synopsis: 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 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. “Footloose, The Musical” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

The production is suitable for all ages. For directions and tickets, visit www.foresttheater.com or call (206) 542-7815.

Kitsap Forest Theater is one of the oldest outdoor theaters in North America and is owned by The Mountaineers, a 501c(3) outdoor recreation, education and conservation group based in Seattle. The theater is surrounded by a 460-acre Rhododendron Preserve owned and maintained by the Mountaineers Foundation, a separate entity from the Mountaineers.

 

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