Script delivers a timeless story with relevance across generations

by: CONTRIBUTED IMAGE - Mt. Hood Community College is presenting 'Footloose.'

Jump back to small-town life with a rebellious city teen bucking the city council’s ban of rock ‘n’ roll.

Mt. Hood Community College is staging the musical “Footloose” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Feb. 21-23 and 28 and March 1-2 at 26000 S.E. Stark St.

“It is a coming of age story, so either you are a young person trying to establish your own identity, or you’re an adult who has already been through this period of transformation,” Artistic Director Mace Archer said in a news release.

“Either way, absolutely everyone can relate to it. It is also a wonderful story of healing and forgiveness, the story of a community that needs desperately to heal the wounds of the past. The story is timeless.”

MHCC’s production features a cast of 26, with Luke Swearengin playing Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon’s part in the 1984 movie), Sydney Hope as Ariel Moore (Lori Singer’s part), Alex Giorgi as the Rev. Shaw Moore (John Lithgow’s part) and Tootsie West as Vi Moore (the Dianne Wiest part).

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MACE ARCHER - Sydney Hope as Ariel Moore and Luke Swearengin as Ren McCormack in Mt. Hood Community College's production of 'Footloose.'

“There’s a generational struggle that repeats,” Archer said.

This story is about the ability to forgive and move on when bad things happen — a recurring theme in all of our lives.

“MHCC really has incredibly talented, exemplary (students) singing and dancing,” Archer said.

Tickets are $12 for adults ($15 at the door), $10 for students ($12 at the door).

For more information, visit or call 503-491-7154. Anyone requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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