Echo Youth Theatre
Footloose - The Musical
Audition Dates:
2nd December (Information Evening)
4th / 6th December (Movement Workshop) 7th December (Individual Auditions)
Performance Dates:
8th – 11th April 2020
Performance Times:
7.30pm each evening
Matinee at 2.30pm on Sat
Cost if cast:
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Character & Audition Details
Rehearsal Schedule
Multi award nominated Echo Youth Theatre, the company that brought you the regional premier of A Little Princess, award nominated A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roald Dahl’s the Witches, Quick-Brew Macbeth and critically acclaimed Hairspray are pleased to announce auditions for it’s upcoming production of Footloose the Musical.

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Audition Details

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, Ren 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 15 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.

Auditions will take place at Open, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF, as follows:

Mon 2nd Dec 6.30pm-8.30pm : Information evening and sing through
This is optional, although advised that you attend, so you understand what the audition team are looking for and have a chance to sing through some of the audition songs

Wed 4th Dec 6.30pm – 8.30pm : Group A compulsory movement workshop
or Fri 6th Dec 6.30pm – 8.30pm : Group B compulsory movement workshop

You need only attend one of the group movement workshops – please specify your preference on the audition booking.

Sat 7th Dec 10am – 4pm : Individual Auditions

We like to see everyone for an individual audition, even if you just want an ensemble part. Further details on what to prepare are below and you can download the audition pieces from the website.

For the Monday, Wednesday and Friday please arrive via the conference door, for the individual auditions please meet in the café via the entrance on Castle Meadow.

In order to fully commit to the audition, you are expected to learn the auditions pieces. Whilst you may only audition for one character, you will be considered for other roles. The full musical soundtrack is available on Spotify and YouTube.

Footloose will be performed at Open on Bank Plain, Norwich and the performance is in April 2020 as follows:

Dress/Tech Run: Mon 6th Apr 5pm - 10.30pm
Dress/Tech Run: Tue 7th Apr 5pm - 10.30pm
Show 1: Wed 8th Apr at 7.30pm
Show 2: Thu 9th Apr at 7.30pm
Show 3: Fri 10th Apr at 7.30pm
Show 4: Sat 11th Apr at 2.30pm
Show 5: Sat 11th Apr at 7.30pm

We do not intend to double-cast this show, so you will be required for all shows.

Membership to the company is £15 for the year and this will need to be paid online prior to the first rehearsal in January. Additionally, there is a show fee of £45; this is due at the start of the rehearsal process, but we are happy to spread the contribution over a period of time if this helps.

For those successful in being cast, a script will be provided. We ask each participant to provide a £25 post-dated cheque to cover the deposit of your script; this will be destroyed on return of your undamaged and unmarked script.

Production Team:

Director: Dan Rayner Musical Director: Holly Graham Choreographers: Lisa Rowe, Georgia Finch & Georgia Skipper Assistant Directors: Christopher Davidson & Cathy Wilson Producer: Jo Myers Technical Director: Dave Myers

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Audition Details
Character and Audition Details:

Character summaries and details of what is required for audition are below – you can download the audition pieces using this link: Audition Details

The major characters in FOOTLOOSE have one trait in common: they are all survivors. Their circumstances – no matter how tragic – have not defeated them, and, as a consequence we find them likable, sympathetic and human.

Ren McCormack

Energetic, emotional, fun, rebellious, likeable; emotes his pain through quirky sarcasm and dance; loves to dance – strong singer & dancer. Must also be witty, after all, Ren is a cut-up, a joker who enjoys a good time (which is why his Pals are upset to find out he’s leaving in the opening number). Lately, though, his fun-loving attitude has taken on a tone of desperation, as he tries too hard to convince the world – and himself – that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him as deeply as it has. Ariel is the first character to get Ren to talk about that sticky subject; sharing that intimacy early on becomes the basis for their relationship. Ren’s emotional journey starts with him being feisty and flippant in Act I, continues through his thoughtful argument to the Town Council and ends with his emotional final confrontation with Rev. Moore. It’s a journey from boyhood to maturity.

Gender: Male
Character Age: Older Teenager
Vocal: Tenor (middle D to high C)
Audition 1: p.3 – p.4
Audition 2: p.46 – p.47
Audition 3: p.92 – p.93
Song: #3 I Can’t Stand Still (whole song)

Reverend Shaw Moore

powerful, traditional local church leader; strict, stern, and solemn, still struggling with the death of his son. Father to Ariel. The secret to the character of Rev. Moore is that he is charismatic. Charming, even. Shaw has a quick mind, a loving heart and a sense of humour, all of which endear him to his congregation. While trying to be strong for so many people, however, he continues to mourn the death of his son – the one person he could not save. Only Ariel and Vi (and eventually Ren) get a glimpse of this private anguish and the flashes of frustration and temper that arise from that.

Gender: Male
Character Age Age: 35 - 55
Vocal: Baritone
Audition 1: p.5
Audition 2: p.92 – p.93
Audition 3: p.94
Song: #8 Heaven Help Me (Whole song)

Ariel Moore

Shaw and Vi’s daughter. Smart, a bit of the bad girl with an edge, sweet, the rebellious minister’s daughter; role requires strong belt, must be a strong singer and dancer. She understands the rules of the different worlds she moves between and, in each situation, she plays her part brilliantly. When she’s in her father’s presence, for instance, she is buttoned-up and demure; with Chuck, she burns off all her unexpressed, explosive energy with raucous, thrill-seeking behaviour. Ariel loves to laugh – with Chuck, with her girlfriends and, eventually, with Ren – but her high spirits are, quite often, her attempt to keep a lid on the grief she feels about her brother’s death and the loss of her once loving relationship with her father.

Gender: Male
Character Age: Older Teenager
Vocal: Mezzo-Pop
Audition 1: p.46 – p.47
Audition 2: p.72 – p.73
Audition 3: p.94
Song: #6 Holding Out For a Hero (whole song)

Vi Moore

Reverend Moore’s loving, supportive, resilient wife. Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship with her husband, Vi fully understands what kind of unflagging good humour she must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation – running smoothly. And with her plucky irreverence, she gives us a glimpse of what life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, when theirs was a marriage both passionate and playful

Gender: Female
Character Age: 30 - 50
Vocal: Soprano
Audition 1: p.32 – p.33
Audition 2: p.74
Song: #12 Can You Find it in Your Heart (whole song)


Ariel’s friend; a bit scatterbrained, sweet, fun, knows everything about everything; role requires strong belt, strong comedic timing and dance. Rusty may come off as sassy and self-assured, but, in many ways, she is the most deeply romantic character in Footloose. She truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together, but they’re both so inept about expressing themselves that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor to ultimately bring that about.

Gender: Female
Character Age: Older Teenager
Vocal: Great soprano/pop voice.
Audition 1: p.10 – p.11
Song: #11 Let’s Hear It for The Boy (Whole song)

Willard Hewitt

A simple country bumpkin with a warm heart and a big smile; comedic timing and dance ability is essential. Willard is not dumb; he is a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defence against a world that he often has trouble comprehending. Willard just hasn’t had anyone come along to puncture that macho belligerence – until Ren arrives. After that, the humour in the character of Willard derives from his gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds that Ren opens up to him.

Gender: Male
Character Age: Older Teenager
Vocal: Tenor
Audition 1: p.17 – p.19
Song: Mama Says (Whole Song)

Ethel McCormack

Ren’s mother; had a tough time, just trying to make it...would do anything for her son. Where does Ren get his intelligence, his resilience and his sense of humour? From his mother, of course! It’s hard for Ethel to be living in her sister’s home and abiding by her brother-in-law’s rules, but she never succumbs to the pathos of her situation; after all, she must be strong for Ren. Their mutual loss has brought them closer together, and they share a teasing, good-natured relationship.

Gender: Female
Character Age: 35 - 45
Vocal: Soprano
Audition 1: p.3 – p.4
Audition 2: p.89 – p91
Song: #1 On Any Sunday (Bars 283 – 30 *octave down)

Chuck Cranston

The local bad boy and Ariel’s boyfriend. Rides motorcycle and foul mouthed.

Gender: Male
Character Age: Older Teenager
Vocal: Tenor
Audition 1: p.43
Song: #2 The Girl Gets Around (bars 47 – 80)


Ariel’s friend; the smart one of the group; role requires strong belt, comedic timing, and dance.

Gender: Famale
Character Age: Older Teenager
Vocal: Mezzo / Alto
Audition 1: p.11 – p.12
Song: #4 Somebodies Eyes (bars 87 – 121)

Wendy Jo

Ariel’s friend; strong belt, comedic timing, and dance required. Doesn’t say much but knows a lot about Beaumont and the town rules.

Gender: Female
Character Age: Older Teenager
Vocal: Mezzo
Audition 1: p.39
Song: #4 Somebodies Eyes (bars 87 – 121)


Townspeople, students; need strong character performers (all age ranges) for many roles (listed below) and there will be opportunities for younger cast members in the ensemble.

Lulu Warnicker – Ren’s aunt. Outspoken and believes the gossip about Ren is true.
Wes Warnicker – Lulu’s husband, Ren’s uncle. Conflicted with loyalty to Reverend Moore and staying true to his family.
Coach Roger Dunbar – Gym teacher. Reverand Moore loyalist.
Eleanor Dunbar – Roger’s Wife. Reverand Moore loyalist.
Lyle – Chuck’s buddy. Does anything Chuck says.
Travis – Chuck’s buddy. Does anything Chuck says.
Principal Harry Clark - High school principal. Reverend Moore loyalist.
Betty Blast – Owner of the Burger Blast. Supports Ren. Wears roller skates.
Jeter – Ren’s friend. Supports Ren in his quest for a dance.
Bickle – Ren’s friend. Supports Ren in his quest for a dance.
Garvin – Ren’s friend. Supports Ren in his quest for a dance.
Cowboy Bob - Flirtatious country singer at local bar, with other band members
Townspeople & High School Students

Gender: Males & Females
Character Age: all ages
Audition: Female p.45 (Betty), Male p.28 (Wes).
Song: #1 Footloose / On Any Sunday (Bars 55-72 & 299 – end)

If you have a specific part from the ensemble in mind, please put it on your form. You will still audition as Betty or Wes for the purposes of seeing what you can do.

Download the Audition Pieces Here: Audition Pieces
Rehearsals will start the week commencing 7th Jan 20.

Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm to 8.30pm and every Saturday 10am to 3pm.

Most rehearsals will take place at Open, Norwich. However, there may be times when we have to rehearse at a different venue (this is usually Hellesdon High School).

We do not routinely call all cast to all rehearsals and you are only required to attend the rehearsals you are called for. A full schedule will be available at the audition information evening.

During the audition process, you will be asked to let us know of any planned absences – please come prepared knowing your commitments for the period 7th Jan – 11th Apr 20.

We will try to accommodate absences that we know about in advance. Auditionees with excessive absences or who are unavailable for key dates may not be cast, but please come and audition if you are keen to be in the show and discuss any issues you have with us.

Please be honest about any prior commitments. Frequent, undeclared absences could result in being removed from the show during the rehearsal process. If you have declared your planned absences in advance and you are cast in the show, your absence will not be an issue!