Updated: Aug 11, 2022
It was a very long wait but in May we finally welcomed back the Skinners’ Academy Production!
For three nights from 23-25 May, our all singing all dancing cast and crew of talented Year 7 - Year 10 pupils delivered three stunning performances of the famous ‘Footloose’. Read the experience of some of the cast members below.
It has been lovely getting to know pupils from other year groups during rehearsal and being able to come together as one big production family to deliver a great show. Jasmine J, Year 9 (Vi)
My favourite part was the cowboy scene at the beginning of Act Two. It had a lot of energy with everyone showing off their dance moves and the audience clapping along. Gloria S, Year 10 (Coach Dunbar)
I really loved seeing the audience interact with us whilst we were performing. They laughed, danced and even sung along with us which boosted our confidence and truly brought the show to life. Ichita N, Year 8 (Wes)
Year 7 & Year 8 pupils should definitely take part in the next Academy Production, it really helps you to open up and be less shy. You also make a lot of new friends. Angelina P, Year 7 (Urleen)
Meeting with this great cast and crew on a regular basis to rehearse will definitely be something I miss. I hope to work with you all again next year! Stephen A, Year 9 (Ren)
Footloose is set in 1980's America. It follows the story of Ren (Stephen, Y9) and his mother (Cansu, Y10) who move from Chicago to a small farming town. He is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school but he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local Reverend (Oskar, Y8), who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter (Maya, Y10) sets her sights on Ren , her nasty boyfriend Chuck (also Cansu, Y10), tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid.
Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.