Footloose

June 14 – 24, 2017

Tickets on sale until June 24, 2017
Dates & Times

  • June 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
  • June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • June 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
  • June 17, 2017 - 8:00pm
  • June 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
  • June 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • June 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • June 22, 2017 - 2:00pm, 8:00pm
  • June 23, 2017 - 8:00pm
  • June 24, 2017 - 8:00pm

Ticket Price

$35

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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. 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 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.

Footloose The Musical is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

Meet the Cast

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Ben Ahlers

Travis

Bio

Ben Ahlers is a rising junior at the University of Michigan in the BFA Musical Theatre program. His credits there include Gruesome Playground Injuries (Doug), Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Florizel), and A Man of No Importance (Peter). He is thrilled to be making his Wagon Wheel debut! Thank you all for coming!

Andrew Alstat
Andrew Alstat

Jeter

Bio

Andrew is a freshman in Musical Theater at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is thrilled to be appearing on the Wagon Wheel stage for the first time in some of his favorite shows. Andrew was recently seen as a storyteller in CCM’s production of “Children of Eden.” Roles outside of school: Legally Blonde (Emmett Forrest) and Anything Goes (Billy Crocker) at the McLeod Summer Playhouse, and Les Miserables (Joly) at D4G Theatrics.

Leanne Antonio
Leanne Antonio

Rusty

Bio

Leanne Antonio is a rising junior in the Musical Theater Department at the University Of Michigan. Some of her past roles include Ragtime (Sarah), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), and Once on This Island (Mama). She is super excited to be making her Wagon Wheel debut and hopes you enjoy the show! GO BLUE!

Blake Bojewski
Blake R. Bojewski

Willard Hewitt

Bio

Blake R. Bojewski is currently a junior in University of Michigan’s BFA Musical Theatre Program. His hometown is Erie, Pennsylvania, and he plans to move to New York City after graduation to pursue a career in performance and songwriting.

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley

Cowboy Bob

Bio

Michael Bradley is making his Wagon Wheel debut this Summer. He will be going into his senior year at Florida State University and graduating with his BFA from their Musical Theatre Program. His previous credits include Captain Braid Beard in How I Became a Pirate, as well as Don Kerr in A Chorus Line. Professionally, he was seen last summer as A-Rab in GLOW Lyric Theatre’s production of West Side Story. He would like to thank all of the crew and his fellow actors for their professionalism and outstanding work, as well as Mom, Dad, Kelley, Chris, and Gabi for their incredible love and support.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Ariel Brown

Wendy Jo

Bio

Sarah is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory and currently resides in New York City. Recent credits: West Side Story (Opera North), Beauty and the Beast (Musical Theatre West). She is thrilled to be a part of the Wagon Wheel company, and sends all her love and gratitude to her family and Bri.

Matthew Copley

Matthew Copley

Ren McCormack

Bio

Matt Copley is thrilled to be joining Wagon Wheel’s 2017 company as Ren in Footloose and the ensembles of Newsies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Young Frankenstein, and The Crucible! Credits include: Children of Eden (CCM), Home Street Home (CCM Workshop Series), Hockey, The Musical! (World Premiere). He’d like to thank his family, Bri, and the rest of the company and creative team at Wagon Wheel for an incredible summer! CCM Musical Theatre Class of 2020.

Elaine Cotter

Elaine Cotter

Betty Blast

Bio

Elaine couldn’t be happier to be back at the Wheel! In previous summers she was seen in Little Women (Jo March), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Sister Act (Sister Mary Roberts), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Maggie Cutler), Grease (Frenchy) as well as others.

In New York she was most recently involved in the the first staged production of Under the Bodhi Tree (Yasodara) through Royal Family Theatre Productions. She was also seen in the New York City Children’s Theatre production of Young Charles Dickens.

Elaine would like to thank Scott, the entire creative team, cast and crew for their talents, dedication and hard work. She would also like to thank her family and Noah for their never ending support and guidance.

Jennifer Dow

Jennifer Dow

Ethel McCormack

Bio

This year marks Jennifer Dow’s 19th year at the Wagon Wheel as a performer, her 9th year as the wig designer, and her 5th year as a year-round resident and wearer of many hats including working on the popular WWJunior program.  After receiving her BFA in Music Theatre from Millikin University, Jennifer’s favorite place to work quickly became the Wagon Wheel Theatre.  Her most memorable roles on the WW stage are:  Always, Patsy Cline (Louise), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Seussical (Gertrude), South Pacific (Nellie), A Midsummers Nights Dream (Puck), and Addams Family (Grandma).  Other regional credits include:  Cats (Rumpleteaser) at the Marriott Lincolnshire, Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Water Tower, Jekyll & Hyde (Emma) at Pheasant Run, and performing as a singer with the Rockettes for 3 seasons in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  She wants to send much love and thanks to the Warsaw community for welcoming her and her husband, Scott.

Bailee Endebrock

Bailee Endebrock

Urleen

Bio

Bailee is thrilled to be joining the Wagon Wheel Theatre family! She will be starting her sophomore year at CCM in the fall studying musical theatre.  She has performed at McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, Illinois, as well as A Chorus Line and Mack and Mabel this recent year at CCM.  Thanks to God and her amazing family!

Brett Frazier

Brett Frazier

Reverend Shaw Moore

Bio

Brett J. Frazier is so excited to be returning to Warsaw for the summer after appearing on the Wagon Wheel stage this past December as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.  Prior to that, Brett had been seen at WWCA as Bill Sykes in Oliver.  A Midwest native, Brett has performed on stages throughout the Midwest, the East Coast and New York City.  Brett’s other recent credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Sam Phillips), Pinkalicious The Musical (Mr Pinkerton) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Triton).

Kira Lace Hawkins

Kira Lace Hawkins

Vi Moore

Bio

Kira Lace Hawkins is so thankful to be back for another summer season at Wagon Wheel! Favorite credits at the Wheel include Hello, Dolly! (Dolly Levi), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) and Legally Blonde (Paulette). Favorite regional credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles) with Theater Latté Da and The Threepenny Opera (Lucy Brown) with Frank Theatre, both in Minneapolis. She studied music and theater at St. Olaf College and holds an MFA in Acting from Penn State University. Kira also directs and teaches at Manchester University and teaches acting classes and directs with Wagon Wheel JR. Thanks to her MN family, her IN family, husband Zachary, and daughter Nila.

Emma Hearn

Emma Hearn

Ensemble

Bio

Emma Hearn is a Philly native and Senior Musical Theatre major at Texas State University. She is honored and excited to be making her summer stock debut at The Wagon Wheel. Last summer, Emma made her Off-Broadway debut in a new musical, Nickel Mines. Most recently at Texas State she played Vivienne in Legally Blonde and is gearing up to play Cassie in A Chorus Line this fall. She would like to thank her family and friends for their all of their love and support. Enjoy the show!

Britton Hollingworth

Britton Hollingsworth

Chuck Cranston

Bio

Britton is a recent graduate of Florida State University. He is thrilled to be working at Wagon Wheel, wants to thank Scott for the incredible opportunity. Favorite roles include Marius in Les Miserables and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. He want to thank God for his gifts and his family for their love and constant support.

Evan Kinnane

Evan Kinnane

Bickle

Bio

Evan couldn’t be more excited to be making his Wagon Wheel debut! Originally from the small town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Evan is a rising senior at the Boston Conservatory. Regional credits: West Side Story at Opera North and Harold and Maude at 2nd Story Theatre. Conservatory credits include: Bernstein’s Mass (Celebrant), Spring Awakening (Otto), Hair (Claude) Lord of the Flies (Simon), and Catch Me If You Can (u/s Frank, Dollar). All love and thanks to his family, mom, dad, and MANTS.

McKenzie Kurtz

McKenzie Kurtz

Ariel Moore

Bio

McKenzie is a rising junior at the University of Michigan. Her most recent roles at school include Atina/Ensemble in The Little Mermaid, a swing in The Drowsy Chaperone and a Hot Box Girl/Ensemble in Guys and Dolls. She’s so thrilled to be making her Wagon Wheel debut this summer and wants to thank everyone involved. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Chris Mahan

Chris Mahan

Principal Harry Clark

Bio

Chris Mahan is a Life & Master Business Coach, author and freelance writer who loves to be involved on stage whenever possible.  He played Peter in the Oakwood Passion Play for several years and has appeared in You Can’t Take It With You, M.A.S.H. and The Foreigner, productions of the Center Street Community Theatre.  “I’m thankful to this year’s WWT cast for welcoming me – it has been great getting to know and work with you.  I’m especially grateful for my wife, Lisa, who always encourages and supports my dreams.”

Riley McFarland

Riley McFarland

Lyle

Bio

This spring, Riley McFarland graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan. He is extremely excited to begin his post-graduate career at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. His previous roles include Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific at Summer Repertory Theatre, Freddy in My Fair Lady at The Encore Musical Theatre Company, and Feldzieg in

The Drowsy Chaperone at The University of Michigan.

Allsun O'Malley

Allsun O’Malley

Ensemble

Bio

Allsun is delighted to return to Wagon Wheel! Other credits include: Wagon Wheel’s West Side Story (Maria) and Bye Bye Birdie (Suzie), The New London Barn Playhouse’s How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary), Brigadoon (Jane Ashton), Shrek (Peter Pan/Bluebird), and Crazy For You (Mitzi), and Penn State’s The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Twelfth Night (Feste), Titanic (Alice Beane), and Avenue Q (Kate Monster). Allsun hails from Winchester, Massachusetts. She is a rising senior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Penn State University.

Michael Pacholski

Michael Pacholski

Ensemble

Bio

Michael Pacholski is a rising senior earning his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University. This is his first time working at Wagon Wheel and he is thrilled to be a part of this amazing cast. Some of his credits at Western Michigan include Man of La Mancha (Anselmo), Showboat (Jeb/US Gaylord Ravenal), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ensemble/US Trevor Graydon). He would like to thank all of his family and friends for their constant love and support.

Collin Phillips

Collin Phillips

Garvin

Bio

Collin Phillips is thrilled to be in his first productions at Wagon Wheel. He is currently a BM Music Theatre major at Florida State University. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.

Ahmad Ratliff

Ahmad Ratliff

Ensemble

Bio

Ahmad is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a rising Sophomore at Florida State University where he is pursing a BFA in Musical Theater. Recent Credits: A Chorus Line (Butch) at The North Carolina Theater, Dreamgirls (Lil Albert) at Theater Raleigh, and Beauty and The Beast (Carpet) at FSU. He would like to thank: CJA, Scott, Ray, Tito, his mom, James, and his family for all their love and support.

Noah Ruebeck

Noah Ruebeck

Ensemble

Bio

Noah Ruebeck is absolutely ecstatic to be spending his first summer at Wagon Wheel!  He hails from Easton, Pennsylvania, and attends the BFA Musical Theater program at Penn State University, where he was a part of American Idiot.  Some favorite previous credits include Benjy Stone in My Favorite Year and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing.

Lori Widman

Lori Widman

Eleanor Dunbar

Bio

Lori Widman is thrilled to be making her debut in the Summer Season of the WWT!  A member of the Center Street Community Theatre, she has acted on this stage twice before, however, as Penny Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You and as  Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in M*A*S*H.  Singing puts her in front of crowds on a regular basis.  In fact, she won Judges Choice at Warsaw Idol Night on this very stage in 2011 with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.  Lori has lived in Winona Lake for 38 years.  She has been married to Jay for 34 years – they have two grown, married children and three grandchildren.  Lori and Jay own Widman Builders, Inc.  Lori loves sharing doTERRA Essential Oils, entertaining in her home and sharing Christ’s love with others.

Mike Yocum

Michael Yocum

Coach Roger Dunbar

Bio

Michael Yocum is thrilled to return to the Wagon Wheel stage where he first appeared in 1983 (yes, he’s old enough to be the dad of almost everyone in the cast). He has played old men, old women and every other random character you can imagine.  Some of his favorite roles include the Major General and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, the coach in Damn Yankees, FDR in Annie and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray mostly because his good friend Bob Miller played Edna.  Mike, his wife and daughter live in Winona Lake where he is a professor of Communications and the director of the theatre program at Grace College.  Mike looks forward to working with Scott, Tom and rest of the great Wagon Wheel cast and crew for another season!

Tim Yocum

Tim Yocum

Wes Warnicker

Bio

Tim Yocum (a.k.a. Mike’s brother) was first seen on the Wagon Wheel stage in 2002 as Charles Clarke in Titanic.  Since then he has appeared in Anything Goes (Captain), Footloose (Wes), State Fair (Lem), Guys and Dolls (Lt. Branningan), Miracle on 34thStreet (Judge), A Christmas Carol (young Marley), Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi) and Ragtime(J.P. Morgan).  Other Wagon Wheel shows include Brigadoon, Pirates of Penzanceand The Unsinkable Molly Brown.  Tim is the athletic director and theatre director at Lakeland Christian Academy in Winona Lake, where he lives with his wife, Cindy.  He is excited to be working again with the whole WW family!

Kara Ziringer

Kara Ziringer

Lulu Warnicker

Bio

Kara Ziringer is thrilled to be returning to the Wagon Wheel Theatre for the summer season! Kara graduated from the Florida State University last May with a BFA in Music Theatre and has been living in New York City ever since. Previous credits include A Chorus Line (Maggie), Legally Blonde (Serena), A Christmas Carol (Sally/Ensemble), and Little Shop of Horrors (Ensemble/Assistant Choreographer). She would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering support and love, as well as Scott and the rest of the Wagon Wheel family for this wonderful opportunity. Enjoy the show!