Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Kerry Fager who is performing as Bickle in Footloose . Read on to hear what this talented dancer has to say about his experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular musical interested you?
KF: This is a dance-heavy musical, and being a former dancer, I was very excited to be a part of it.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Footloose can you tell us about the show?
KF: This takes place in the 1980’s in Bomont, Texas, where dancing is prohibited. Ren McCormick moves there from Chicago and has a tough time dealing with not being able to let out stress by dancing like he was able to in his hometown. The basis of the story is the struggle between Ren and the town of Bomont.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Footloose. How have you developed this character?
KF: I play the part of Bickle, one of the high school kids and eventual friend of Ren. Bickle is the stereo-typical supporting role who gives his own humorous input on the conflict between Ren and Bomont. I’ve become a high school-aged Texan by having an easy-going attitude, but I’ve also given the character a little frustration inside due to Reverend Shaw’s strictness.
LA: Why should people come and see Footloose?
KF: It’s a classic man versus society conflict which includes some exciting and well-known songs which were made so popular by the feature film. Plus, there’s some great dancing and humor as well!
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
KF: I’m extremely impressed at the way everyone has put themselves in the shoes Bomont citizens (except Ren and Ethel, of course), acquiescing to Reverend Shaw’s control, or rebelling against it (whichever side their character falls upon). One actor I’ve particularly been impressed with is Evan – he has brought the sincerity and innocence of Willard to life, but also stayed true to the humor that is so important to the character.
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Footloose?
KF: It’s a triple threat – the whole cast, crew, and artistic staff must put together a show that has excellent dancing, singing, and acting. And the people involved in this production of the show have definitely done that.
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
KF:Very simple – the dancing!
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?
KF: Without trying to spoil the outcome of the show, the finale dance scene. The whole show has been building up until just before that point, and the kids of the town are finally granted their desire to dance!
LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why?
KF: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. There is not one song I dislike in the whole show. It’s based on my favorite Bible story and Biblical hero. What makes it unique is the outrageously and ridiculously cheesy humor. Plus, like Footloose, it requires good dancing, singing, and acting on the part of the cast.
LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?
KF: Aladdin in….Aladdin!
LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?
KF: Sermon on the Mound – a story about a baseball team that interweaves themes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the book of Matthew.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
KF: I’m a recent business college grad who would like to pursue some type of professional performing (dance, music, theater, etc.), but I also run an online marketing business and enjoy serving God in ministry.
LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on?
KF: I would like to thank the cast and artistic staff of Lyric Arts’ Winter production of Joseph, since they encouraged me to continue pursuing theater and performance