Springer Opera House producing artistic director Paul Pierce thinks that teenagers and young adults are fascinated with the 1980s, just as his generation loved anything 1950s, and flocked to see “Grease.”
So the Springer Opera House is opening the 2009-10 season with the musical version of “Footloose.”
And the Springer is bringing the theater into the electronic age via a musical.
In Neil Simon’s “The Star-Spangled Girl,” set in the 1960s, two young radicals are publishing an alternative newspaper.
Pierce decided to update it, turning the newspapermen into online bloggers.
The rest of the season: “Inherit the Wind,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” The Studio Series are “Route 66,” which is the touring show, and “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.” The holiday shows are “Peter Pan” and “A Tuna Christmas.”
“I’m proud of the season,” Pierce said.