Moving in from Chicago, with his newly single Mother, Ethel, newcomer Ren McCormack is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town of Bomont is so different from the home he has left behind.
Ren soon finds himself at odds with the repressive atmosphere in Bomont, where the spiritual life of the community is overseen by the powerful local Minister, Reverend Moore. Ren is stunned to learn that dancing is not allowed anywhere within the town limits of Bomont. His new friends explain that this law dates back five years to a car accident that claim the lives of four Bomont teenagers. In the flood of grief and guilt that followed the tragedy, Reverend Moore managed to convince the town council to ban dancing. The only person seemingly unphased by Rev. Moore’s iron fisted control is his daughter Ariel.
Frustrated by his new stifling environment, Ren vows to ‘take on this town’ and insights a revolution by his classmates to throw a dance.
Ren drives Ariel and their friends outside of Bomont to a dance hall where they party into the night and teach Willard how to dance.
Influenced by their new found enjoyment, the teenagers back Ren up in his quest to abolish the outdated law.
At the long awaited town council meeting, Ren makes his case for a dance with Ariel’s help. When the motion is defeated, he is devastated, but his mother convinces him that Rev. Moore ‘fixed’ the vote, and urges him to try again by speaking privately with the Minister.
Ren goes to the Moore household but, after a brief discussion, in which Reverend Moore is unable to share his fears and motivation for continuing the ban he asks Ren to leave and turns away. Appalled by his own actions, it is only then that the Minister realises how much the pain of his son’s death – one of the teenagers killed in the fateful car accident – has overshadowed his life, and the lives of everyone in Bomont. After a struggle with his conscience, he announces to his parishoners that he has has had a change of heart – that in fact a dance might be a good idea.
And so, for the first time in years, the young people of Bomont are able to dance freely, and as everyone joins in, the evening becomes not only a celebration but finally an ecstatic expression of feeling.
VENUE: Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton
DATE: Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th April 2018