ODU Panther Players Present “Footloose: The Musical” on April 17-25


ODU Panther Players Present “Footloose: The Musical” on April 17-25


Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU) student theater group, the Panther Players, will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Footloose: The Musical” on select dates from April 17-25. The performances will take place in the Matesich Theater, located in Erskine Hall on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus 43219.


Several cast and crew members are graduates from local public and Catholic High Schools, including Newark Catholic High School, Bishop Watterson High School, Bishop Ready High School, Bishop Hartley High School, Pickerington North High School, and many more.

General admission is $8 and children 5 and under are admitted free. Admission is also free for students, faculty, and staff who show their ODU ID. Free parking is available in the Gold lot, located west of Sunbury Road.

“Footloose: The Musical” will be presented on the following dates:

7pm, Friday, April 17

7pm, Saturday, April 18

7pm, Thursday, April 23

7pm, Friday, April 24

5pm, Saturday, April 25

April 17th is alumni night. All alumni are encouraged to attend. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the performance that night.


Play Synopsis


When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t’ prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. Based on the 1984 film, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.



Director: Carrie Ghiloni (Graduate of Newark Catholic High School)

Assistant Director: Baylee Stepien

Choreographer: Crestina DiNucci (Graduate of Bishop Hartley High School)

Music Director: Timothy Kincer

Production Manager: Andrea Haller

Stage Manager: Bernadette Gallant (Graduate of Bishop Watterson High School)



Ren: Mark Willis (Graduate of Newark Catholic High School)

Ariel: Alexis Haynes

Willard: Patrick Ferguson

Wendy Jo: Hannah Frank

Urleen: Shyloe Mayle

Rusty: Ryleigh Kirby (Graduate of Bishop Ready High School)

Reverend Shaw Moore: Reade Green (Graduate of Pickerington Central High School)

Vi Moore: Elizabeth Maloof (Graduate of Bishop Hartley High School)

Ethel: Alliane Gingras

Chuck: Clayton Hildebrand

Wes: Andy White

LuLu: Emily Schneider


Whitley Wade

Paul Andy Schaffner

Hunter Rohn

Shakita Kabicek

Jansen Hartzler

Cassady Detrick (Graduate of Teays-Valley High School)

Luke Carothers (Graduate of Pickerington North)


Panther Players is a student organization of Ohio Dominican where participants enhance their communication and acting skills. Students have the opportunity to act, direct and build set designs for various productions.

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.

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