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Footloose: Youth Edition

Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness. A one-hour version of the explosive musical specially designed for young performers!

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  • Short Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Comedy
  • 60 minutes

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Elementary School / Primary
Footloose: Youth Edition is a one-hour version of the explosive musical specially designed for young performers!

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, he 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, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend'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.

To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 17 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.


"Exhilarating! You'll have a hard time staying in your seat!"


"One of the most extraordinary musicals ever to come out of Hollywood. Footloose blends fantastical situations with important issues and balances them perfectly."

 L.A. Weekly

"Footloose is an exuberant entertainment, bursting to life with music, romance and dance."

 L.A. Movie Gazette

"This is a show you want to dance to! The score is the best kind of blast from the past!"

 Cincinnati Enquirer

"A crackling show... better than the movie!"

 Green Bay Press-Gazette 

Premiere Production:

Footloose opened on Broadway on October 22, 1998. The next day, the show broke the box office record for the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it continued to thrill audiences through July 2000.

After the Broadway run, the creators made changes throughout the libretto, excised three songs from the original score, and restored one (“Still Rockin’,” available on the newly mastered Broadway CD from Ghostlight Records). The reaction to the ‘new’ Footloose was immediate and enthusiastic; a tour in the U.K. led to a West End engagement, which in turn triggered excitement throughout Europe and around the globe.

In 2011, Paramount Pictures’ remake of Footloose – with a screenplay by Dean Pitchford and the film’s director Craig Brewer – brought this heartwarming story and electrifying music to a whole new generation.

  • Casting: 8M, 8F, 10M or F
  • Casting Attributes: Flexible casting, Roles for Teens, Features Children, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Casting Notes: In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • REN McCORMACK - teenage boy from Chicago
    ETHEL McCORMACK - his mother
    REVEREND SHAW MOORE - the minister of Bomont
    VI MOORE - his wife
    ARIEL MOORE - their teenage daughter
    LULU WARNICKER - Ren's aunt
    WES WARNICKER - her husband
    COACH ROGER DUNBAR - the high school gym teacher
    ELEANOR DUNBAR - his wife
    RUSTY - Ariel's best friend
    URLEEN - Ariel's friend
    CHUCK CRANSTON - Ariel's boyfriend
    LYLE - Chuck's buddy
    TRAVIS - Chuck's buddy
    A COP
    BETTY BLAST - the owner of The Burger Blast
    WILLARD HEWITT - Ren's friend, a country boy
    JETER - Ren's friend
    BICKLE - Ren's friend
    GARVIN - Ren's friend
    COWBOY BOB - the lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Lib-Vocal Book

    Rehearsal Material Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    30 x Student Libretto/Vocal Books
    1 x Piano/Vocal Book
    1 x Production Guide
    1 x Digital Resource Package (Performance Tracks, Guide Vocal Tracks, Guide to Choreography & Staging, Audition Sides and Forms and Track Samples, Costume Design, Set Design, Props List, Artwork)