Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 19, 2015
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Conway Junior High School drama teacher A.J. Spiridigliozzi, center, stands with the leads of Footloose, the high school’s spring musical. Mary Nail will perform as Ariel Moore, the preacher’s rebellious daughter, and Joel Fountain will perform as Ren, who takes on the town and its ban on dancing. “I sing about my troubles moving to this new town with my father gone,” Fountain said. Spiridigliozzi said the show will be a crowd-pleaser. “It was a movie that never seems to get old, and the musical is still one of the more popular,” he said.

Almost Paradise

Footloose ready to rock Conway High School stage

Conway High School students weren’t born when the original Footloose movie came out in 1984, but its themes of teenage angst and rebellion against authority are timeless. The dancing doesn’t get old, either. Footloose, the musical, will be performed by Conway High School at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, at the James H. Clark Auditorium at Conway High School. Tickets are $4 for students, through the 12th ... READ MORE

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