by Peter Carruthers
ALL the students taking part in rehearsals for the Proserpine State Schools stage performance would not have been around more than 30 years ago when Kevin Bacon graced the silver screen in fa ilm about a town which had outlawed dancing.
But that has not stopped 96 students hitching up their leotards and climbing into their off the shoulder sweat shirts in the school's production of Footloose.
Head of the school's arts program, Jenny Napier said the production including off-stage roles offered a huge learning curve for students and there were many members of the community mentoring the cast and crew.
"When I announced the production on parade last year, they all cheered,” Ms Napier said.
"Because they are familiar with Footloose and love Footloose.”
Jack Taylor will take on the lead role of Ren after previously playing the lead in a former production of Oliver.
Former student Hayley Martin ,now working on the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Brisbane, helped out for a few hours earlier this year and "mastermind” set builder Reg Muller also contributed.
The big night of the school's Footloose production has been scheduled for May 10-12.