THIS WEEK: Shelton High Drama Club brings 'Footloose' to the stage May 8-10

The Shelton High School Drama Club will present "Footloose, the Musical" on May 8, 9 and 10 in the Shelton High School auditorium.

A cast of 48 high school students have been rehearsing for seven weeks, under the direction of Mia Scarpa and Gary Scarpa.

Playing Ren McCormack, the main character, is SHS junior Gregory Wresilo.

"I am so excited to be playing Ren McCormack,” Wresilo said. “He is a high energy kid who stands up for what he believes in and lights up a small town with his dancing and singing!"

Other central characters are Kathryn Twohill as Ariel Moore, Tom Ball as the Rev. Shaw Moore, Alexandra Koumbaros as Vi Moore, Scott Sheldon as Chuck Cranston, Braeden Sagehorn as Willard Hewitt, Nicole Romeos as Ethel McCormack, Elise Sullivan as Rusty, Katie Hunter as Wendy Jo, and Kayci Kekacs as Urleen.

A music and dancing ban

"Footloose" tells the story of Ren McCormack, who is transplanted from Chicago to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock.

A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed four teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Rev. Moore responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing.

Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

There have been two film versions of "Footloose" — the 1984 original film starring Kevin Bacon, and a 2011 remake.

Many hit songs in the production

Footloose was produced as a Broadway play in 1998 and features not only the title song, but other hits such as "Let's Hear It for the Boy," "Holding Out for a Her" and "Almost Paradise."

Assisting the Scarpas with the production are co-Drama Club advisor Joe Sedlock, assistant choreographer Katie Sedlock, and musical director Fiona Bryson.

"I really liked the 1984 film when I saw it," said Gary Scarpa, "and when it was made into a Broadway musical, I completely fell in love with the show. It has everything — comedy, drama, and explosive musical numbers."

"I can't say enough about our great cast," said Mia Scarpa. "Their talent and dedication are awesome, and I encourage everyone in the community to come to the show and see high school students at their best."

Show times and tickets

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8; and at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10. Reserved seating tickets are $15, with a $10 student price on May 8 only.

Purchase tickets at or by calling Center Stage Theatre at 203-225-6079.