Thinking about auditioning for McKinney Summer Musicals’ production of Footloose The Musical but unsure of what to expect? TownSquareBuzz.com caught up with the production’s director, Erin Crossley.
Q: Is Footloose The Musical similar to the movie versions?
A: Footloose the Musical is similar in spirit, in the characters, and their story, but has a lot that the movies do not offer. The music is fantastic and highlights the older characters beautifully in their struggle to understand how best to lead and care for their children. The younger characters display their zest for life through high-energy songs and dance numbers. In fact, the songs really help the audience better understand and connect with the characters and what is important to them.
Watching the movies will give auditioners a good sense of what to expect, but I encourage them to also look at the “extras” offered in the musical. This is particularly true for those interested in the older characters. While it does highlight the teen characters, Footloose The Musical is not just a show for younger actors. At its heart, it is a story about two generations that drove a wedge of misunderstanding between themselves and labeled it “dancing.” The musical explores the depths of forgiveness, family, and what it means to celebrate being alive.
Q: What can you share with those who might be interested in auditioning but are concerned they can’t dance as well as the actors in the films?
A: Come audition! Try not to assess your ability before you see what we will ask you to do. Know that there are many characters who will not need to dance at a high level of technicality. We will use this dance audition to find people to fit ALL of the roles we are looking for. I know for a fact that what the choreographer (and what I) want to see is PERFORMERS who are not afraid to go for it. If the choreography is hard or unfamiliar, that is an opportunity to learn. That is part of what we want to see— how auditioners learn. We know that it is an audition, which means you are taught a combination quickly and then asked to perform it without much rehearsal. When rehearsals begin, we will spend weeks and weeks polishing and perfecting. We want to know if you will work well with us and if you are teachable. Bring your best attitude and come ready to sweat—and then go for it.
Q: What types of people are you looking for in terms of style, age, experience, etc?
A: We are looking for a variety of performers ages 13 and up. The play features a range of characters and types; we need actors to fill each one. I am looking for performers who work hard and bring positive energy to the group. This is a play about the dichotomy between the older characters and the younger. We are looking to create a well-rounded cast to tell that story.