Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Music by Tom Snow
Stage Adaption by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Director: Michael Brindisi
Choreographer: Tamara Kangas Erickson
Music Director: Andy Kust

Call Type: Video Submission
We are seeking video submissions from Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and non-AEA actor/singer/dancers.
All roles are open – none have been pre-cast.
Auditions are only available for adults 18+. There will be no youth auditions for Footloose.

Production Information
First Rehearsal: January 4, 2022
First Preview: January 28, 2022
Opens: February 4, 2022
Closes: September 10, 2022

**Currently, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) requires cast and crew to be fully vaccinated by first rehearsal. We will continue to follow current guidelines set by the CDC and AEA.**

Casting Information
BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to audition, and all roles are open to inclusive casting. The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is committed to becoming a more anti-racist organization on stage and throughout the company, and shall conduct all auditions in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, ability statuses, and body types. To learn more about the work that we are doing, please visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page on our website. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About The Show
Having been abandoned by his father, Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small town on the Great Plains. They encounter rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is reeling from the grief of having lost his son in a car accident. In this heartfelt story that celebrates youth, dance becomes a metaphor for personal freedom.

For your convenience, we are giving you the option of singing a cutting from the title song “Footloose”. We have provided a PDF of the sheet music, as well as tracks in 3 different keys so you can choose which one shows off your vocal range.




1. Fill out the form and include a link to a 2-minute video of a song and monologue. Please prepare one 60-second cutting of a song from the score, or in the style of the show. You may sing with live/recorded accompaniment or a cappella. Also, please prepare a 60-second contemporary dramatic or comedic monologue of your choice. Record your video in landscape orientation, full body, with a clear view of your face.

2. Email your headshot and resume (as separate files) to Nick Haug at


Submission Deadline
Friday, August 6, 2021



Callback Information
Actors who are called back will be notified via email. Dancers will be sent a short dance combination video to learn from and then will be asked to send in one final video of themselves doing the combination.

Callbacks may or may not take place in person. We will be conducting all callbacks in accordance with local, state, and national COVID-19 advisories, along with guidance from Actors’ Equity Association.

Youth Auditions
Auditions are only available for adults 18+. There will be no youth auditions for Footloose.

Out-of-Town Submissions
Local actors are encouraged to submit. Generally, housing for out-of-town actors is not budgeted for productions.



Footloose Character Descriptions

Ren McCormack (Lead): Male, 18-25. Tenor. Energetic, emotional, rebellious, likeable; emotes his pain through quirky sarcasm and dance; strong dancer.

Reverend Shaw Moore (Lead): Male, 35-55. Baritone. The powerful, traditional local church leader; strict, stern, and solemn, still struggling with the death of his son.

Ariel Moore (Lead): Female, 18-25. Mezzo-Pop. Smart, a bit of the bad girl with an edge, sweet, the rebellious minister’s daughter; role requires strong belt, must be a strong singer/dancer.

Vi Moore (Supporting): Female, 30-50. Soprano. Reverend Moore’s loving, supportive, resilient wife.

Rusty (Supporting): Female, 18-25. Great soprano/pop voice. Ariel’s friend; a bit scatterbrained, sweet, fun, knows everything about everything; role requires strong belt, strong comedic timing and dance.

Willard Hewitt (Supporting): Male, 18-25. Tenor. A simple country bumpkin with a warm heart and a big smile; comedic timing and dance a must.

Ethel McCormack (Supporting): Female, 35-45. Soprano. Ren’s mother; had a tough go, just trying to make it…would do anything for her son.

Chuck Cranston (Supporting): Male, 18-25. Tenor. The local bad boy and Ariel’s boyfriend.

Urleen (Supporting): Female, 18+. Mezzo/Alto. Ariel’s friend; the smart one of the group; role requires strong belt, comedic timing, and dance.

Wendy Jo (Supporting): Female, 18-25. Mezzo. Ariel’s friend; strong belt, comedic timing, and dance required.

Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 18-70. Townspeople, students; need strong character people (all age ranges) for many roles (listed below); teenage through adults; chorus singing, dancing parts; all teens dance, all adults dance at the prom.

Casting Status

The Music Man
  • Casting is complete. No more auditions will be scheduled.
    • Auditions will take place via video submission.  See info above.

Questions about auditions and casting?

Email Nick Haug –


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a professional status theatre company presenting members of Actors’ Equity Association. As a member of these unions, CDT primarily employs union members. A union contract permits us to hire a very small percentage of non-union actors. Auditions are held for both union and non-union actors a few months prior to each CDT production.

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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a professional status theatre company presenting members of the American Federation of Musicians.  We do not hold auditions for musicians.  AFM membership required.  If you would like to be considered, please email your resume of experience to Nick Haug.  You will then be contacted by the music director if a position opens up.

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