Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Danny Adams who is performing as Chuck Cranston in Footloose . Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular musical interested you?
DA: One reason this show interested me was because it was a show that was completely out of my comfort zone. Jokes and being funny is not out of my comfort zone, but being dangerous and breaking rules and being was something that I wanted to try.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Footloose can you tell us about the show?
DA: Footloose is about fighting back and fighting for a right. The main protagonist Ren McCormack does exactly that. Moving from Chicago, living in a party city for some of his life he thought every other town was like his, but Ren gets a slap in the face when he moves into Bomount. Rev. Moore, the towns pastor, passed a law in Bomount that says it is illegal to dance. When Ren finds out he thinks it is all a big joke, a prank on the new kid, but his new friend Willard tells him so. Ren cannot believe this and throughout the show Ren fights to pass a law and have a dance.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Footloose. How have you developed this character?
DA: The character Chuck Cranston is a rugged, high school dropout, a drug dealer, who has went to jail, and evicted from a trailer park. So basically the bad-ass of Bomount. He teaches people that if they don't play by his rules, they will be hurt. The way I have developed this character is by making him just the biggest tool and making him annoying. He is still very angry and rude but when he is around his friends he is just the most annoying guy.
LA: Why should people come and see Footloose?
DA: People should come and see Footloose because it is a high energy show that will never make you want to get out of your seat. This a show that makes you want to dance in your seat. I know that sounds stupid, but in some songs like I'm Free it just makes you want to get up and pump your fist with the people on stage.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
DA: Since we haven't really been together running the show full on, I have not seen much of characters being formed. Seeing the Vi and Shaw scenes as they are very particular in how their characters act. Even if it's a comb of the hair in anger or a light touch on the shoulder to calm down someone it is very powerful towards their scenes.
LA: What do you feel are the “wow” elements of Footloose?
DA: The wow moment is defiantly I'm Free, because it is just energizing throughout the whole song. The music will make you tap your feet and the perseverance that is put behind this song for the kids to have a dance is unbelievable.
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
DA: An aspect of the show that I like is that the set is right up in the audience face and we can interact with them more easily, than if it was set was far back.
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?
DA: I'm excited to get the dress rehearsals going because tech would be done and you can run straight through the show and get a feel of how it would be running all the way through.
LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why?
DA: I really enjoyed the musical RENT, because it is a musical. It wasn't one that would have long dialogue breaks and have an occasional musical number. It was a musical that has music all the way through and if there is any talking it would be quick and describe what is happening. It is also a very emotional piece about love, how hard it can be to lose something, and how strong a bond can be through friends.
LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?
DA: The Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone.
LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?
DA: The first production I was in was Peter Pan at Top Hat Theater. I played the part of John when I was 8 years old.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
DA: My name is Danny Adams, 16 years old, and I got to Totino-Grace High School. I am involved in the nationally acclaimed show choir at Totino called Company of Singers. I am also involved in student council, student ministry, and many theater productions. I enjoy playing many sports including tennis, baseball, and ping-pong.