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Mountain Pointe Theatre Company to get ‘Footloose’ this week

’80s production kicks off Thursday in school auditorium

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:10 am

The Mountain Pointe Theatre Company is gearing up for its “Footloose” performance, which will take place at the school on three separate nights.

The play is based on the ’80s classical film, and incorporates a plethora of musical and dance performances throughout the show.

Director Kim Bonagoski said the students were excited to bring life to the ’80s film on stage.

“It’s a big mosh pit of creativity,” she said.

Students from different areas of performance backgrounds are involved with the production such as dance, acting, singing and instrument performers.

Some students have been enjoying the experience on learning different crafts when it comes to performing that’s outside of their comfort zones.

Danny Williamson, a senior who plays Chuck Cranston, said he enjoyed playing the so-called “bad boy,” and that the production allowed him to work on his singing.

“It was a really different role. I’ve been with the theater for a while now, experiencing different roles of what I can and can’t do, and being the bad boy is totally opposite of my personality,” he said. “I thought that it would be interesting to try, so I went ahead and tried it and fell in love with it.”

Williamson’s background is in basic theater and he said the singing aspect has been a little out of his charter, but a smooth transition.

“It’s a nice challenge,” he said. “I feel that it’s really cool to kind of branch out on something that’s not exactly what your forte is, and singing is definitely something I like to do on the side,” Williamson said. “Hopefully, the audience has as much fun as we have.”

Caroline Eckard, a junior who plays Ariel, said she has always loved singing and dancing since she was a young girl, and has done other performances in the past.

During the production, Eckard has enjoyed the “family type” atmosphere that’s spread throughout each performer.

“We’re really like a family and we help each other out. It’s nice to have people who support you,” she said. “I’m really excited. My grandmother is flying in from Chicago, and I’m really excited for her to see it.”

Bonagoski said she was looking forward to watching each student’s face as they are cheered on after the performance.

“It’s that moment where they are getting something from it, and that is what I always enjoy about doing these shows,” she said.

The Mountain Pointe Theatre Company will present “Footloose” on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 28 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Saturday, March 29 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 4201 E. Knox Road.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the school bookstore.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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