FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: November 17, 2000

                                                                                                            Contact: Debi Edwards, 206-6150

Everybody cut Footloose at Sangamon Auditorium

SPRINGFIELD - In 1984, a movie called Footloose captured the heart of America and made it beat to the music of a solid gold soundtrack. Now the explosive, breakaway Broadway hit will have everyone in Springfield kicking off his or her Sunday shoes. The national tour of Footloose comes to the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, November 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 26, sponsored by American General Financial Group.

Footloose is a tale of teenage rebellion and the struggle to come to terms with loss -- a boy’s loss of his father and a man’s loss of his son. Ren McCormack, a teenager from Chicago, moves to the conservative rural town of Bomont with his mother after his father leaves them. Bomont is a typical small town, except for its law against dancing. After Reverend Moore’s son Bobby was killed in a car accident, brought on by a night of drinking and dancing, he led a successful campaign to ban dancing in the town. When Ren tries to get the law overturned, he clashes with the Reverend.

Footloose the musical features such memorable hits as “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, “The Girl Gets Around” by Sammy Hagar, “Holding Out for a Hero” by Jim Steinman, and “Almost Paradise” by Eric Carmen. The score also features songs written solely for the musical, not featured in the movie version.

Dinner will be served Saturday at 4:30 and 6 p.m. in the UIS cafeteria, PAC level 1. Tickets are $16 (adults), 13.50 (Terrific Friends & up), and 11 (children 12 & under).

A Pre-show Discussion & Questions session (PDQ), sponsored by Barnes & Noble, will be held

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45 minutes prior to each performance in the Studio Theatre, PAC level 1.

Tickets are $30, 27, 25, and 15 for the 2 p.m. shows and $32, 29, 27, and 16 for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.

COMING EVENTS

December

Sat. 2                Nutcracker                                                      2 & 8 p.m.

                        Springfield Ballet Company

                        $17.50/14.50

Sun. 3               Nutcracker                                                      2 p.m.

                        Springfield Ballet Company

                        $17.50/14.50

Sun. 10             Melissa Manchester                                          7 p.m.

                        Christmas Show

                        Sponsored by Isringhausen Imports

                        $35/30/27/25/18

                        Dinner, 5 p.m.*

Wed. 13            Peter Pan                                                         10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

                        (Class Acts Series-Sponsored by Bank One)

Sat. 16              Illinois Symphony Orchestra                               2 & 8 p.m.

                        Holiday Pops

                        2 p.m.-$16

                        8 p.m.-$25/22/20

*Dinner will be served in the UIS cafeteria, PAC level 1. Tickets are $16 (adults), 13.50 (Terrific Friends & up), and 11 (children 12 & under).

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