The Kitsap Forest Theater theater has been in existence since 1923, and their goal is to “enrich the community by bringing stories to life in a magical outdoor setting that all ages can enjoy.” Footloose, the musical will be showing at 2 pm on July 28 and 29, August 4 and 5, August 11 and 12, and August 18 and 19.
Gala Lindvall, co-producer for Footloose Musical at the Kitsap Forest Theater, stated: “We perform outdoors rain or shine and it’s a beautiful location. People keep coming back because of the stage and the beauty of the stage. There are generations of families that come to our shows; both a tradition for a lot of families. You can come early and bring a picnic lunch. There is a trail to theater that people can walk on at 1 pm and the show starts at 2 pm. It’s a great show for all ages and a great family outing for the day.”
Mike Bowers, who plays Ren MacCormack, commented: “It’s just a fun show whether you’re in it or watching it, you can’t help but have a good time. It’s a really gorgeous theater; a great place to do a show.” Mike was also in the “Into the Woods” musical by Stephen Sondheim last summer at the Kitsap Forrest Theater. He shared what he’s most looking forward to with the Footloose musical: “I’m really looking forward to seeing what people think of it. It’s such a popular film and a lot of people don’t realize that it’s been turned into musical. I’m interested in seeing what their reaction is. I’ve seen the original and I personally am the fan of the musical. I think they did a really good job with adapting it. There are a lot of songs such as: “Footloose,” “Let’s hear it for the boy,” and “I need a hero,” basically 1980s pop music and musical theater songs thrown in as well.”
When asked what he thought the best thing about the musical was, Mike replied, “For me, the best thing in the show is the music. Every single song is perfectly placed and the music is well written.” Mike discussed what many people may not know about the musical, “People need to come to enjoy some good fun theater. I don’t think there is anything surprising about the story. They may be surprised about what we bring to it; especially with it being outdoors. You don’t have the benefit of heavy sets that you would on an indoor stage. It’s a pretty bare stage.”
Mike mentioned how the Footloose musical was unique compared to other musicals, “Most musicals are completely original, whereas very few are successful in adapting music from popular culture. Some big examples include: Footloose and Mama Mia that have very popular music. Moulin Rouge is a more modern example. It uses popular music versus writing original music; which is what happens in most musicals.”
Mike recommends practically everyone to the show, “Almost anybody, very young kids will probably understand the subject material. There are slight innuendos in some parts from people that have seen the original or remake. People that love music from the 1980s and see those songs come to live before their eyes and that’s a really wonderful thing.”
For more information, please visit: www.foresttheater.com or call: 206-542-7815. “It’s a really fun show I highly recommend it. I think it’s gonna be a really awesome experience. I know we’re all having a blast working on it,” Mike concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com