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You can't stop the kids from dancing.

What sort of holiday season would it be if we didn't celebrate the greatest story ever told? You know the one: A mother comes to town with a special child, a rebel and natural leader who will change everything, armed with nothing but his will to dance. That's right, I'm talking about Footloose. The 1998 Broadway musical of the 1984 movie about a teenage fella who just wants to dance even if the preacher-man says it's wrong has proven popular in little theaters around the country, and why wouldn't it be? It features all the songs from the Kevin Bacon flick (like "Almost Paradise" and "Holding Out for a Hero") alongside the inevitable original numbers by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford, who had written many of the old songs to begin with.

Now a mob of forty students ages ten to seventeen from the Kids Take the Stage Teen Educational Theater program in Alameda cuts loose with the rock musical at Berkeley's Julia Morgan Center for the Arts. Let's just see you try to stop these young whippersnappers from dancing. Footloose plays Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., December 21-22 at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. Tickets cost $8-$15, available at 510-527-1138 or KidsTakeTheStage.com.


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