It was the largest musical spectacular put on by the Estevan Comprehensive School, and it blew audiences away; Footloose at the ECS this past weekend was an overwhelming success.
Discover Estevan spoke with director and producer Evanne Wilhelm about the weekend:
"It went unbelievably well," Wilhelm told us. "Better than we could have ever possibly anticipated. It was the first time in ECS Musical history that all four shows were sold out."
There were 604 regular seating tickets available for pre-purchase, most of which sold before opening night. An additional 40-50 rush seating options were added on the opening night and tickets were still being sold each night for standing room only. In the end, over 2,600 people attended Footloose and were entertained by some of Estevan's most talented young singers, dancers, and actors.
"Part of the reason we were so successful was due to the musical being a popular show; where people recognize the music and characters," Wilhelm elaborated.
"But in addition, it is because of the reputation we have built up. We have an amazing group of kids, and some of them have been involved with Musical for three productions. They're well trained and super talented; people know coming through the door to expect great things and they're never disappointed."
Fan highlights from the ECS production of Footloose include an all-male Barber Shop Quartet number called "Mamma Says" and the audience participation dance number finale.
Wilhelm adds that the highlight for her this year was working with her repeat students, many of which will graduate in 2019. It was a tearful finale performance on Sunday afternoon, with many heartfelt goodbyes, and a memory Wilhelm says she will carry with her for a long time.
Congratulations to the community volunteers, the cast, and the crew of Footloose. It was a night to remember!
Photos Courtesy of Freeze Frame Photography