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MUSICAL – When Ren and his mother move to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing. 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 pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

With dynamic new songs augmenting the powerhouse hits from its bestselling Oscar-nominated score, Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness.

Approximate Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

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Production Team

Directors – Jay Haslem and Molly Haslem
Music Director – Molly Haslem
Choreographer – Taunia Wheeler
Assistant Choreographer – Hannah Benedicto
Stage Manager – Karen Laub
Assistant Stage Manager – Heather Bascom
Costumes – Jessica Walton
Props – Patty Hardinger

Footloose – September Audition Information

Audition Dates: July 15 & 16
Callbacks July 17, by invitation
Directors: Jay Haslem and Molly Haslem

A few things to note:

  • Songs must be memorized and kept to 60 seconds or less. Time limit will be enforced.
  • Auditioners must provide their own pianist or back up track without vocals.
  • Be prepared to completely fill out the rehearsal calendar at your audition with any and all conflicts that may arise during rehearsal. The production team is sacrificing time to be at rehearsals and it is pointless to rehearse with no one there. Be clear on your conflicts. Any conflicts reported after casting may result in a change of role or require withdrawal from the show. (A tentative rehearsal schedule is attached below. Please know that this is subject to change based on need & availability of cast members.)
  • Performances are September 10-18. There will not be double-casting therefore actors must be available for all performances.



  • Auditions will be held July 15 & 16 from 6p to 8p. Callbacks held by invitation July 17 from 1p to 4p.
  • Roles are available for men & women ages 14+. All roles are open.
  • Email to sign up for an audition time. 
  • Prepare a section of a Rock song or an upbeat rock-style Broadway song cut to 60 seconds or less. Time limit will be enforced.
  • Bring a recent headshot – 4×6 color.
  • Be prepared to completely fill out the audition form, including the rehearsal calendar with a list of conflicts between July 19 and September 18. 
  • All auditions are held at Vernal Theatre: LIVE, located at 40 E Main Street in Vernal.
  • Video auditions are accepted. Please email for information on how to submit your audition.


Director Notes:

  • For the production of FOOTLOOSE, we would like everyone to audition with a rock song or an upbeat rock-style Broadway song cut to 60 seconds or less. Ideas and suggestions include:
    – Rock bands from the 80s (no cussing or vulgar language)
    – Broadway Musicals such as ‘School of Rock’, ‘Chess’, ‘Rock of Ages’, ‘Aida’, and others
    – No ballads
    However, do not feel restricted to these bands/shows. Do something to show off YOUR voice and personality.

    Please remember to email to schedule your audition time.​

    We hope you have an enjoyable experience auditioning and if you do not get cast, please come see the show and audition for future productions. We are also looking for people to help on the production team. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know either by emailing the theatre or filling out the Google form below (scroll past the audition info).

    Email any questions to


    TENTATIVE Rehearsal Schedule attached below. Please know that we are very aware of your time and our own. We will cancel rehearsals if we don’t need them and make sure that your time at the theatre is well-spent. Specific people & groups will only need to come specific days and times. Those will be determined specifically after auditions.


    Rehearsal Schedule and Audition Form Download

     ​We had an incredible Season 4 at Vernal Theatre: LIVE and cannot wait to have an even better Season 5. Below are a few tips and tricks that will help you prepare for auditions. Enjoy and we’ll see you at auditions!

    1. Know the expectations and follow them. Read the notices that are posted – every audition is different and may require different things to be prepared. Come ready and knowing what the director expects you to give.

    2. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.

    3. Personality. Let it shine through!

    4. Connection. Make one with the character you’re portraying and the production team. Be memorized on your audition material. Don’t ask who they (the production team) are. Introductions waste time, time you could use for showing off your acting chops. They are there to do their job, just like you’re there to do your job. You are equals. You’re selling, and they’re buying. Treat them with respect and courtesy, and they’ll do the same.

    5. Stick to the time limit. If you prepared a monologue or a song, you (usually) get 60 seconds starting from your first line. And 60 seconds is plenty. So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your monologue or song. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed. And if they cut you off, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they need to give everyone else time to show too.



    Want to be involved but don’t want to audition?

    Maybe you did theatre in high school or are looking for a creative outlet, maybe your family is auditioning and you want to spend this time with them but don’t feel up to singing and dancing. Maybe you want a shorter time commitment or to learn something new – a Production Team is the spot for you! We are always looking for individuals to participate on our Production Teams. You can be part of a crew or be a leader, there is a spot for you. Just fill out the form linked below or email to learn about opportunities for upcoming productions. We’d love to have you!

    Production team form:


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    September 10-18

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