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Belle Vernon Area drama students ready to cut 'Footloose'

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:03 p.m.
Belle Vernon Area High School will present 'Footloose' for its spring musical at 7:30 p.m. March 14-15, 2013, and 2:30 p.m. March 17, 2013, at the high school auditorium. Shown, from bottom to top, from left, are cast members Taylor Maldonado and Brian Brazon, Kacie Kubitza and Cameronb Beichner, Shannon McCulloch and Erika Skacik, and Tyler Chiste. Stacy Wolford | The Valley Independent

It's all about dancing this year as Belle Vernon Area High School's Drama Club will present “Footloose” for its spring musical.

The students will “cut loose,” when the curtains rise at 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15, 16, and 2:30 p.m. March 17 at Belle Vernon Area High School.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students.

The spunky musical, based on the hit 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon (and 2011 remake,) is about Chicago native Ren, played by Tyler Chiste, who is forced to move with his mother to the small town of Beaumont.

Ren soon finds himself at odds with the repressive atmosphere in Beaumont, where the spiritual life of the community is overseen by the power local minister Reverend Moore, played by Brian Brazon.

Ren isn't prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by Rev. Moore, 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.

Combined with the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, and augmented with new songs for the stage musical, “Footloose,” the celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Musical director Michael Rozell said they selected “Footloose” this year over more traditional offerings due to the talent of this year's cast.

“‘Footloose' is a different show with a different style and lots of dancing,” Rozell. “We've done a lot of history shows and decided this year to do something different.”

Several cast members said they are excited about this year's play.

“It's really all about performing and having fun,” said senior Erika Skacik, who plays Rusty.

Senior Cameron Beichner said part of the thrill of doing musical theatre is performing in front of a live audience.

“It's a thrill. Anything can happen or go wrong,” Beichner said.

Rozell said the cast, crew and team of volunteers have been working for months preparing for the show. He is confident the audience won't be disappointed.

“There are a lot of great dance numbers and the songs are so much fun,” he said.

The cast comprises: Tyler Chiste as Ren McCormack; Taylor Maldonado as Ethel McCormack; Brian Brazon as Rev. Shaw Moore; Shannon McCulloch as Vi Moore; Kacie Kubitza as Ariel Moore; Devin Dubos as Lulu Warmicker; RJ Kozura as Wes Warmicker; Austin Morton as Coach Roger Dunbar; Cassidy Truckenmiller as Eleanor Dunbar; Erika Skocik as Rusty; Anna Osiol as Urleen; Gina Iacoboni as Wendy Jo; Dylan Perez as Chuck Cranston; Noah Reed as Lyle; Joshua Ross as Travis; Thais Bagiatis as Chrissy; Aubrey Cintron as Jenny; Matt Mascara as a cop; Amanda Sciore as Betty Blast; Cameron Beichner as Willard Hewitt; Bradley Branik as Principal Harry Clark; Connor Chywski as Jeter; Gregory Shivey as Bickle; Ryan Treadwell as Garvin; and Cameron Scaccia as Cowboy Bob.

Ensemble cast members are: Cody Ambrose, Thais Bagiatis, Kate Baron, Erica Bednarczyk, Cameron Beichner, Kayla Belovich, Ana Brandt, Bradley Branik, Hannah Braun, Brian Brazon, Kieya Brewer, Tasha Brownfield, Sarah Callaway, Joseph Carter, Jenna Cecil, Tyler Chiste, Connor Chywski, Aubrey Cintron, Raymond Csokuly, McKenna Demek, Alisyn Drake, Devin Dubos, Cheyenne Echalk, Micale Ellison, Maura Fedor, Natalie Fedor, Chelsea Fedrick, Brianna Frolo, Meghan Frolo, Brandon Gigante, Kaleigh Gilotty, Michelle Harris, Sammi Hinerman, Kaitlin Hutchison, Angela Iacoboni, Gina Iacoboni, RJ Kozura, Kacie Kubitza, Amber Kutcy, Kiara Larkin, Meghan Litvany, Taylor Maldonado, Alison Marino, Matthew Mascara, Shannon McCulloch, Austin Morton, Jeannetta Mossor, Hanna Myers, Kaylee Naden, Anna Osiol, Randi Parkinson, Juliah Pershing, Noah Reed, Joshua Ross, Cameron Scaccia, Joseph Shickel, Amanda Sciore, Sarah Sebetich, Gregory Shivey, Erika Skocik, Jesse Smith, Alexis Smith, Katie Soltis, Carly Sonafelt, Kaitlyn Soutter, Brook Summers, Natalie Tenuta, Ryan Treadwell, Mallory Truckenmiller, Cassidy Truckenmiller, Allison White, and Shelby Yawny.

Tickets can be reserved by going to and clicking on the ticket link or by calling 724-808-2500, ext. 2173.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at

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