Turns out Kevin Bacon, like the town in “Footloose,” has eyes everywhere.
The star of 1984’s ‘Footloose’ and the Showtime series ‘City on a Hill’, among his many other roles, recorded a scream for the Brewster High School Performing Arts Program which is gearing up to perform the film’s musical adaptation Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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“Hey Brewster High, I heard you were doing a production of ‘Footloose’ and I just wanted to say break a leg, jump back, all that stuff,” Bacon said in his video message. “I know you are going to be fantastic.”
“It was a complete surprise,” said Andrea Perdicho, Brewster High School performance director and high school teacher.
According to Perdicho, after performing two shows for the student body on March 23, she asked the cast, crew and staff to take their seats in the audience to share Bacon’s message.
“As soon as my computer was hooked up to the projector, Kevin Bacon’s face appeared on the 20-foot screen in front of the stage. The students screamed in surprise and delight. I was actually a little scared most have no idea who (Bacon) was, but I was pleasantly surprised that the 80s were still very much alive.”
The film and musical follows the story of rebellious town kid Ren, played by Bacon in the 1984 theatrical version, as he moves to a small town that has banned dancing and rock music where he shakes up the system.
Brewster High School’s production of ‘Footloose, The Musical’ is the first high school performance in two years that cast, crew and staff are not required to wear masks on stage, as well as the first in two years not to be limited to 150 spectators.
After Bacon’s video was posted on social media, Perdicho said he received an “overwhelming” number of requests for tickets to see the show.
“Performing arts in many schools have been the last to rebound,” Perdicho said. “In this case, 70 student musicians and actors who have been working for three months, many of whom have never done a musical on the Brewster High School stage, have been told that what they do, their hard work, matters. ”
Brewster High School’s performing arts program will perform “Footloose, The Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Pre-sale tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased by emailing [email protected]
Unfortunately, Bacon won’t be able to attend a performance because he’s out of town, according to Perdicho.
“I would like to express to him that his words of support have given this group of children and music educators an energy that we did not think we had,” Perdicho said. “It reminded us that the performing arts in the Brewster School District can have a positive impact on this community.”
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