Best feet forward as young cast excels in feel-good show

Halifax Amateurs' Theatre Youth performing Footloose at The Playhouse, Halifax
Halifax Amateurs' Theatre Youth performing Footloose at The Playhouse, Halifax

Footloose

Halifax Amateurs’ Theatre Youth

Halifax Playhouse

For those of us of an age to remember leg-warmers the first time round, Footloose is something of a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane.

The recent re-make of the film and the touring production are bringing this feel-good, foot-tapping show to a new audience and it seems a good bet for a half-term production with a youthful cast.

Armed with a contemporary teenager to temper my nostalgia, I was ready to be wooed!

Beaumont is a town floundering in its grief and struggling for answers, its young people trapped in its chains.

In walks Ren, to liberate and heal – with his desire to dance! Ren finds a soul-mate in local preacher’s daughter Ariel.

Fantastic mature performances by Adam Tolson and Katie-Faye Moorhouse in the lead roles drive this superb production with confidence and panache.

The vibrant opening number sets the scene for a great evening in which William Frost, Alice Jones, Jack Moorhouse and Bethany Pettifer also catch the eye.

In truth, all the cast deserve a mention in a truly ensemble production, which, given the negative national press of the past few months, must re-kindle pride and belief in the young people – of Calderdale at least!

Mention must also be made of the team who inspired such a great performance from a young cast – blighted by the usual issues of homework, throat infections and life.

If you want to feel good this half-term, there is only one place to “kick off your Sunday shoes” – enjoy!

The production is staged again tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm.

Gail Waddington