Both 17, William and Bethany are perfectly cast to star in the hit musical 'Footloose', which is set to rock The Lights from 30th November - 3rd December 2022.
"As soon as it was announced I knew I wanted to be involved. Although the dancing has been tricky!" says Will. "I've really enjoyed the process of learning to dance and put in a lot of effort to make it look as natural as possible!" So it's no surprise that Will, who will be going on to study Vocal Musical Performance at the Royal Conservatoire, was cast as Ren McCormick, the teenager from Chicago who finds himself at odds with most of the town of Bomont, including the Reverend Shaw-Moore, who is the father of his love interest, Ariel.
The break out stars of the show, in their first lead roles are appearing in their first adult production together and after the unexpected break for COVID...it has been a long wait.
"I've been involved with Starlights since their first production and so I always wanted to be involved" Bethany mentions. I love to dance and thought Ariel was a really cool character. It's been an intense character to play, plus she's very confident."
Both William and Bethany agree that their favourite scenes are some of the most emotional points of the show. "The show deals with some serious topics and Ariel's character goes through a lot of emotive issues, especially the scenes with my Dad."
Will agrees "Some of the most poignant parts of the show are some of the more simple scenes between the characters and we've worked really hard on making these as powerful as possible."
However, despite some of the more emotional parts of the show, there is lots of fun to be had with classic 80's hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.
"It is such a fun show, everyone is loving the songs and the dancing. It's a really fun and emotional show". mentions Bethany. "There are songs everyone will know and will be tapping their foot to for sure" says Will.
Tickets are still available for the show, performing between Wednesday 30th November - Saturday 3rd December (7:30pm) with a matinee on Saturday 3rd December (2:30pm). To book your tickets now, go to The Lights Box Office at www.thelights.org.uk or call 01264 368368.
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