BTG Footloose

Rehearsing scenes from the Beverly Theatre Guild’s production of “Footloose–The Musical” are Jennifer Lenihan (from left), Grace Regalado, of Beverly, Kara O’Neill, of Mt. Greenwood, and Katie Konagel. For more information and tickets, call (773) BTG-TIXS or visit the website at beverlytheatreguild.org.

The Beverly Theatre Guild will present “Footloose–The Musical” at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., in Merrionette Park, Thursday to Saturday, May 2 to 4, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

There will also be performances on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., at the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center Baer Theatre, 2153 W. 111th St.

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school.

What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher who is determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home.

When the preacher’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

“Footloose–The Musical” is directed by Dawn Farrell, with music direction by Sharon Mason and choreography by Rachael Leek.

Local cast members include Marcus Boni and Grace Regalado, of Beverly; Maddie Hudy and Kara O’Neill, of Mt. Greenwood; and Samantha Jean Elliot, Larry Symanski and Aine Hynes, of Evergreen Park.

For tickets to the 115 Bourbon Street performances, visit the website at 115bourbonstreet.com.

For more information and tickets, call (773) BTG-TIXS or visit the website at beverlytheatreguild.org.