Arnie Field back on stage for Footloose
August 28, 2017
Durban, South Africa: Back by popular demand, the 17th annual Young Performers Production for this year is a remake of Footloose, and returning to stage from a stint abroad is long standing Durban actor, Arnie Field, who plays the ultra-conservative Reverend Shaw Moore.
With almost 45 years experience in the entertainment industry, Field is one of the professional actors performing alongside and mentoring the young high school talent in this production.
Field studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, majoring in English and Drama. He is originally from the Bluff and matriculated from Wentworth High School. He has been working in the UK for over a decade, and moved back to South Africa last year. Footloose is his first production on home soil since 2005.
Field says being involved in the Young Performers Project has reminded him why he loves theatre and has given him back his passion for performing. “Like all performers, I love the applause and attention. I also love taking on different personas and being somebody else. I'm not the most religious person and so playing Reverend Shaw is really going to require some acting!” says Field.
Field is impressed by the cast’s work ethic. He said: “The entire ensemble of young actors works very hard to put together a good show. The young leads have tremendous potential, as do some of the chorus members.” He encourages all musical theatre lovers to come and watch the show and witness the future of performing in Durban and South Africa. Field compliments the young cast on their maturity, commenting, “It is hard to believe that these are high school students.”
Footloose tells the story of a tenacious and rebellious city teenager, Ren (played by Joshua Milne), who moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned by the conservative Rev Shaw Moore (played by Field) and his wife (Sarah Heron) and the town council. Ren leads the young people of the town, including Rev Moore’s rebellious daughter Ariel (Leah Mari), in a protest against the town’s banning of the annual dance.
The 2017 Young Performers Project sees Daisy Spencer as both the director and choreographer working together with co-choreographer Jarryd Watson and Des Govender as vocal coach, Dawn Selby is MD, with live music from The Reals. Production supervisor is Themi Venturas.
Directed for the first time by Spencer, Footloose runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN Campus, from 7 – 18 September at 7pm Tuesday – Saturday evenings and 2pm Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Tickets are available through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers; by phone on 0861 915 8000; or online at www.computicket.com Book early to avoid disappointment.
Footloose the Musical is presented by arrangement with DALRO.
For further enquiries please call Riaan Timson on 082 696 3507.