Halifax Amateurs’ Theatre Youth
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.