Under the direction of Casady School’s new Director of Theater, Andi Dema, theater students are producing the musical Footloose. Performances are scheduled Feb. 19, 20 and 21 in Fee Theater on the Casady campus.
“Discovery, change, and positivity are what Footloose is about—it’s exciting to put something of such energy up on the stage, especially as my first production with Casady,” said Dema. “The cast is excited, the musical is fun. It’s going to be a great experience for all involved—one we can’t wait to share with our audience.”
This production includes 22 students on stage, and numerous roles for those behind the scenes including the stage crew.
“Mr. Dema is an accomplished actor and teacher who has, in his short time at Casady, set high performance standards, while being engaging and welcoming to all students with whom he is getting to know, both in the classroom and on the stage,” said Jeanmarie Nielsen, Fine Arts Department Chair.
Additional information about the production can be found on Casady's: Upcoming Performances Page.
“It’s going to be a lot of flashy numbers, that we know and love,” said Sophomore Josh Britt, who plays the lead role of Ren. “We are all working very hard to make this production brilliant.”
Casady School Faculty and Staff
Director: Andi Dema
Choreographer: Ashley Davis, Lynn Robertson
Music Director: Jeanmarie Nielsen
Music Director / Pianist: Richard Jobe
Stage Adaptation by DEAN PITCHFORD and WALTER BOBBIE
Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by TOM SNOW Lyrics by DEAN PITCHFORD
Additional Music by ERIC CARMEN, SAMMY HAGAR, KENNY LOGGINS and JIM STEINMAN
Performance rights secured from Rodgers and Hammerstein
Mr. Dema arrived Jan. 3 to teach and direct theater. Prior to joining Casady, he was a long-term sub at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana, where he produced the play, The Crucible. He earned a B.F.A. in acting from Oklahoma City University and has spent time working in the Oklahoma Children's Theatre as well as the National Theatre for Children in Minneapolis and Bright Star Touring Theatre. He currently performs Shakespeare plays during the summer at the Texas Shakespeare Festival. He is friendly, personable, understands the tasks at hand, and he believes in setting clear expectations. He wrote that one of his goals is to further students' interest in theater and to develop confidence, proper speaking, and interacting skills that will aid students "not only on the stage but also as human beings."