Footloose Takes Stage January 20-23


Frannie Wied, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Notre Dame Academy will present Footloose: The Musical from January 20 – 23, 2022. 

After hours of rehearsals and dedication from the cast, crew, and directors,  Footloose is ready for opening night, only a week away.

Opening night is Thursday, January 20, at 7 p.m. followed by shows on Friday, January 21, at 7 p.m., Saturday, January 22, at 7 p.m.and concluding on Sunday, January 23, at 2 p.m. 

The show is brought to life by musical director Chris Salerno, theatrical director Andrea Gilson, and band director Steve Johnson, along with the dedicated cast, crew and musicians  composed of over 50 NDA students. 

“I am so amazingly excited, especially after last year and having to do everything online. Everyone has been working so hard together, and I really think it’s going to be a fantastic experience,” said Salerno. 

Curious about what Footloose is about? 

Read the summary from Concord Theatricals to find out:  Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, and he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. 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 pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

The musical explores themes centered around coming of age, family and community, and religion. 

So, where can you find tickets to this spectacular show?

Tickets can be purchased online at or you can stop by the Atrium desk and purchase them there. Tickets are $10 for students/children and $14 for adults. 

According to one performer, “Get ready for an entertaining night of dancing and singing in this thrill-packed musical – you won’t want to miss it!”