Middle School Overnight Camp
Ages 11-14
July 24-28, 2023

Footloose: Youth Edition

2023 Middle School Overnight Camp is FULL! Please call the First Act Office at (913) 681-3318 to be added to the wait list.

Footloose: Youth Edition is a one-hour version of the explosive musical specially designed for young performers!

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, he 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 17 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.


We will hold auditions for those who would like an opportunity for a role, solo, or featured dancer; however, you do NOT need to audition in order to participate in this camp. Students who choose not to audition will be placed in the ensemble. 

Auditions: Thursday, June 1st, 2023 from 4:00-8:00PM

Callbacks: Friday, June 2nd, 2023 from 4:00-8:00PM

The Cast List will be posted no later than June 4th at 10PM.

How to Audition:

  1. Make sure you are enrolled in Middle School Overnight Camp! A minimum $100 deposit must be paid towards camp tuition in order to be eligible for auditions. In order to register and pay only the deposit, please contact Chrissi Edwards in the First Act Office at (913) 681-3318.
  2. Fill out the Audition Form HERE.
  3. Sign-Up for an Audition Time HERE.
  4. Select your 1-minute audition song. Please do not choose a song from Footloose.
  5. Select an audition monologue from the options found HERE. Audition monologues must be memorized.

If you are unable to attend in-person auditions and would like to submit a video audition, please send your video audition to artisticdirector@firstactkc.org. Your video audition should include two elements: a recording of you performing your 1-minute song and your audition monologue. There is a signup for video auditions at the bottom of the Signup Genius.

Questions? Reach out to Artistic Director Patrick Graham at artisticdirector@firstactkc.org.

Artistic Team:
Director: Michelle Evans
AD/SM: Gavin Tanner
Music Director: Courtney Talken
Choreographer: Hope Williams
Asst. Music Director: Margaret Jordahl
Asst. Choreographer: Isaiah Bliss

Production Coordinator: Kari Bliss (kari@firstactkc.org

Character Breakdown:

Ren McCormack – teenage boy from Chicago

Ethel McCormack – his mother

Reverend Shaw Moore – the minister of Bomont

Vi Moore – his wife

Ariel Moore – their teenage daughter

Willard Hewitt – Ren’s friend, a country boy

Rusty – Ariel’s best friend

Urleen – Ariel’s friend

Wendy Jo – Ariel’s friend

Chuck Cranston – Ariel’s boyfriend

Lyle – Chuck’s buddy

Travis – Chuck’s buddy

Lulu Warnicker – Ren’s aunt

Wes Warnicker – her husband

Coach Roger Dunbar – the high school gym teacher

Eleanor Dunbar – his wife

Various Featured Roles

Ensemble of Townspeople, Congregation Members, Teenagers, Cowboys, and more!