Meet Cassie Lanyon who is performing in "Footloose"

LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular musical interested you? CL: Footloose has always been one of my dream shows to be a part of because dance is such a big part of it.

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Footloose can you tell us about the show?

CL: The show is about kids fighting for their rights in the small town of Bomont, TX, where they have made a law against everything from drugs/alcohol to dancing.  In the beginning, the kids in town followed these laws even though they didn’t agree with them.  But when Ren, a new kid from Chicago, turns the town upside down, the rest of his classmates face the decision of whether to follow or fight the law.

LA: Talk about the character that you play in Footloose. How have you developed this character?

CL: I am a member of the teen ensemble in Footloose, which means I dance more than anything else.  As an ensemble member, there’s only so much you can do to develop your character because you don’t want to draw attention away from the principle roles.  However, I have been trying to get into my character more by imagining what life would be like if things like dancing were against the law and then portraying those emotions on stage.

LA: Why should people come and see Footloose?

CL: It’s a great show for all ages and there’s something for everyone.  Adults can identify with the parents in the show, and the kids with their counterparts on stage.  Furthermore, the message of fighting for what you believe in is one that everyone can relate to.

LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?

CL: I can honestly say that I think the cast of Footloose is incredibly talented.  From the first rehearsal, the actors in the principle roles had such great chemistry, and it just gets better every day.  Everyone has been working really well together, and that kind of energy just makes the show that much more believable for the audience.

LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Footloose?

CL: I think the big contemporary musical numbers are a really powerful part of the show, as well as the multiple dance numbers.

LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?

CL: My favorite part of the show is definitely all the dancing.  Dance has always been a big part of my life, so the amount within this show makes it a lot of fun for me.

LA: Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc?

CL: I’m really excited to see everything come together and get a sense of the final product, but I think the costumes and styling are what I’m most excited for.

LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why? 

CL: I would have to say that Chicago and Rent are tied as my top show right now.  Both are fun, controversial shows with great music (the jazz style of Chicago and the rock score of Rent).  Chicago also has the dance element that I love.

LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?

CL: My two dream roles go along with my two favorite musicals.  I would love the opportunity to be either Velma Kelly in Chicago, or Mimi in Rent (or both, if I could be so lucky).

LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?

CL: The first show I was involved in was Dear Edwina Jr. at my middle school in 6th grade.  I was just a member of the ensemble, but I did get a small solo in which I sang the letter my character had written to “Edwina”.

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

CL: I am 19 years old and I love performing.  I have been dancing since the age of 3, and in musicals and plays since 6th grade.  I graduated in June 2010, and after a year of figuring out what I wanted to do with my life I am finally on my way to Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia to be a musical theater major.

LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on?

CL: Not really... I’m just super pumped to be a part of this show!