DVC’s Drama Department Kicks Off ‘Footloose’ This Fall


The poster for “Footloose The Musical,” which shows on Oct. 19 to Nov. 4 by the DVC’s Drama Department. (Courtesy of Lisa Drummond)

Phillip Cordero and George Elias

“Footloose The Musical” sings and dances its way to campus, this month.

The musical revolves around Ren McCormack, a Chicagoan, who had moved to a small farming-town of Bomont with his mother, loved to express himself by dancing.  While making friends and adjusting to his new high school, he finds out that the town prohibits certain music, such as rock, along with dancing.  However, McCormack finds himself falling for a girl named, Ariel Moore, the daughter of the local preacher who helped enforced the ban on dancing and rock music.  He also finds more trouble from Moore’s obnoxious boyfriend, who tries to make McCormack’s life difficult.

“It’s a fun story, and it’s a story that’s fairly relevant to this day, even though it’s an old story, it’s still relevant to this day,” said director Lisa Drummond.  “This idea of, kind of, lost and this restriction, and how much do we really listen to young people, and how young people, sometimes, do have the better idea, and that we should listen to the youth and we should let them be guides, sometimes, in what is right and what is fair.”

Drummond has directed on past plays, at DVC, such as, “Hairspray”, “Into the Woods”, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Zombie Prom”, “The Wedding Singer”, and “Godspell.”

The leading role of Ren McCormack is played by Myles Brown, a DVC student who is double majoring in communications and drama.

With this musical, Brown wants the audience to have a great time and to see the enjoyment of the performers on stage.  Furthermore, he would like the audience to understand the growth of the characters because, he says, “There is key points in the show that inspires change through a character’s life.”

Sabrina Gottlieb, who plays as Ariel Moore, is a DVC student, majoring in musical theater.

The lesson that she sees in this musical is to fight for what you believe in, to “be upfront with how you feel, and (to) confront your feelings.  And, if you do, then good things will come out of it.”

Ultimately, Gottlieb wants the audience to have fun, because she and the cast are having fun on stage, singing and dancing.

“Acting is the love of my life,” said Jessica Montez, a DVC student, who is playing the role of the mother, Ethel McCormack.  She is double majoring in musical theater and linguistics.

Montez feels that this musical focuses on many problematic areas that society is facing today, where people are segregated for different beliefs.

With a good message, along with music and dancing, Montez says that audiences will have a fun time.

“Footloose The Musical” opens on Oct. 19, and will be showing until Nov. 4, at DVC’s Performing Arts Center.  Tickets, as well as showtimes, are available on the DVC Drama website, the Cashier’s Office, and by phone: 925-969-2358

Ticket prices ranges from $11 for students and children, $16 for seniors and DVC staff, and $21 for adults.