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Footloose: Cast Spotlight


On October 12th, the amazing cast of the Footloose Fall Musical took the stage for the first time. The theater stars of Cypress Creek High School put on an incredible show, a recreation of the 1984 film Footloose. The musical was formed by many talented students from diverse backgrounds, working as a community to create a beautiful performance.

One of the ensemble members, freshman Marielvira Gomez Fuentes, took part in her first ever musical during Footloose. Her dance and choir background helped her find her spark for musical theater.

She stated, “I started dancing and performing in front of people at the age of six when I got into the Marisol Academy of Ballet in Venezuela. Then when I moved here, I joined my church choir. This is my first year doing a production like this.” Additionally, she stated,” My background with dance and choir taught me how to kill it on stage, and that’s exactly what I did.”

Along with the numerous ensemble cast members, many students went on stage Mic’d Up, portraying the main characters of Bomont. One of these characters, Jeter, was played by Senior Jhonathan Arias-Aranguibel also known as JA the Great. JA had a talent and passion for musical theater and was inspired by his idol Bruno Mars. With talent shows, musicals, and even street performing, JA’s confidence and experience with being in the spotlight helped him dance through this musical with perfect execution in every scene.

“My background in performing art helped me perform in the play because it built up my confidence, because once you do it so many times, you’re able to do it.” said JA. “I was street performing as well down in downtown Colorado. We just put our guitars and me and my best friend, we just performed music, all of our songs and covers.”

There were many amazing songs in the musical, each with strenuous vocal moments. Senior Evangelina Fox, who played Rusty, described her audition process as scary. Because of her vocal background, she felt intense pressure to nail all her songs. Her most difficult song to perform was, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy.”

Regarding her audition process, she stated, “I was scared. I’m not gonna lie I was very nervous about it, especially coming from a vocal aspect, I definitely pushed myself a lot with this show and with my music.”

Even through scary audition processes and many late rehearsals, everyone in the cast supported each other throughout the entire journey. “Everybody was very supportive,” expressed Marielvira Gomez Fuentes. “I am so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this event. It is a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and is just a great community.”

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Lily Nguyen, Writer/Photographer
Lily Nguyen is a writer and photographer for CCHowler. She is a freshman at Cypress Creek High School. She joined the photojournalism group with interest in photography, which she now discovered to be very enjoyable. She wants part in saving the memories and history of CCHS through photographs and meaningful stories.

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