Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Center for the Arts presents the Tony Award-nominated musical Footloose,June 7 – 23.

Kick off your Sunday shoes and head to the Center for the Arts to see this exciting, touching and dance-filled story that follows a group of high school students as they challenge their town’s leadership to think differently.

Director Corey Shadd, who previously directed Catch Me If You Can at the Center in 2017 and played the lead in Memphis (Huey Calhoun) in 2018,  is excited for everyone to see this show. “This is a cannot miss production!” says Shadd. “The cast is extremely talented and bring a new perspective to a story many have seen before. The production will make the audience feel like they are dancing on stage with the cast.”

Footloose, a musical based on the blockbuster 1984 film of the same name, centers around a group of high school students as they work together to change a town law that forbids dancing. When Ren (Nicholas True) and his mother Ethel (Shanda Perkins) move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren finds it hard to adjust to his new life including the small town high school, his fellow students, and the local preacher - Reverend Shaw (Keith Wortham) - who seems to have a lot of power over the townspeople. Ren, who is used to dancing his troubles away at Chicago nightclubs, faces a harsh awakening when he learns that dancing is forbidden in his new town. Realizing that this is the reason everyone in the town is so wound up, Ren sets out to organize a school dance to alleviate the stress his fellow classmates are facing while also making a statement to the town council that dancing shouldn’t be outlawed.

With the help of his friends, Ariel (Isabella Kearney), Willard (Tucker Young), Rusty (Sophie Young), Wendy Jo (Poem Atkinson), and Urleen (Aurora Boe), they work together to put on a dance to change the hearts and minds of the council members. However, they face challenges as the Reverend does everything in his power to ensure the dance never happens. The heartfelt story that emerges is one of loss and healing.

Come join the cast of unforgettable characters in this story about a group of adolescents who find joy and face challenges while trying to affect change in their small community.

Tickets start at $14 and are currently on sale at, by calling 615-904-ARTS (2787), or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 110 West College Street, in downtown Murfreesboro.

This production is rated PG-13 for sexual themes and references to drugs and alcohol.



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