Behind the Scenes of Footloose – The Musical: Stephanie & Camryn
Two young ladies who have acted together in the past are taking to the Keyano Theatre stage again - Stephanie Ross and Camryn Hannigan. Last season they appeared together in the KTC production Into The Woods directed by Paul Gelineau, where Stephanie played Granny and Camryn was no other than her on-stage granddaughter: Little Red! Both Stephanie and Camryn and born and raised Fort McMurrayites and besides Into The Woods, they have been involved in the theatre before: Stephanie first appeared as Orphan Lizzie in Annie (2005) and was the Assistant Stage Manager for Keyano Theatre's Stage 2's production of Steel Magnolias (2016). Camryn appeared in A Christmas Carol (2014) and as various roles in Keyano's Drama Force summer program, she also visited Greenland as an Alberta cultural team member last year!
Now they appear on the Keyano Theatre main stage again, this time in Footloose the Musical as friends Urleen (Camryn) and Wendy Jo (Stephanie)!
How has being involved in Footloose been so far?
Stephanie: "So fun! We have a great cast and we're always laughing! My favourite part about community theatre is learning new things and challenging myself. It brings people together and it's nice to be a part of that!"
Camryn: "It has been absolutely fantastic! Getting to see each and every awe-inspiring musical number and scene come to life firsthand is an opportunity I cannot believe I've been given. Although the hours are long and the work challenging, with the guidance of our amazing music, dance and acting directors, I know that by opening night Footloose will be both a sight to behold and a story you can really 'cut loose' to."
What's the biggest challenge?
Camryn: "Personally, the biggest challenge I have faced in Footloose is the singing. Learning to sing without straining my voice (while also hitting the correct note!) is a constant obstacle for me."
Stephanie agrees: "There's a few high notes that challenge my vocal range."
"Theatre brings people together which is exactly what the community needs after what we went through last May" says Stephanie. "Footloose is a feel good piece with lots of laughs, heart and soul, it's the perfect musical to present following 2016!"
Author: Hanna Fridhed