LUMBERTON — Purple Door Productions is putting its stamp on one of the most popular soundtracks in movie history.
“Footloose: The Musical,” a stage adaptation of the 1984 film that launched Kevin Bacon’s career, premiered Friday at Robeson Community College.
“It’s such a fun show and it has great music,” said Jeanne Koonce, artistic director for Purple Door Productions. “A lot of people have been asking for it. The movie is such a part of rural American culture, so it really resonates here. When you see the show you think to yourself, ‘I know people like that.’”
Directed by Herbert Ross, the movie follows a teenager who moves to a small town where dancing and rock ‘n’ roll have been banned. The ban is spearheaded by an uptight preacher who blames musical revelry for the drunken driving accident that caused his son’s death.
But “Footloose” is perhaps best remembered for its chart-topping soundtrack, which spawned hits by Kenny Loggins, Bonnie Tyler and Shalamar. The title track and the ballad “I’m Free,” both recorded by Loggins, nabbed Oscar nominations for Best Original Song.
Koonce says that some of her younger cast members were more familiar with the “Footloose” remake released in 2011.
“The remake got all of the high school and college crew interested,” she said. “It rejuvenated a lot of interest for the younger folks.”
Performances are being held inside the A.D. Lewis Auditorium of Robeson Community College, which is located at 5160 Fayetteville Road in Lumberton. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Matinee shows are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s high-energy from beginning to end,” Koonce said. “It’s a big dance show that hits the ground running and doesn’t slow down.”
Advance tickets to “Footloose: The Musical” are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for staff and students of Robeson Community College. Tickets will cost $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door.
The production is funded in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Robeson County Arts Council. For information, call 910-258-0787 or visit brownpapertickets.com
Features editor Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5771 or by email at [email protected]