Behind the Scenes of Footloose – The Musical: Krista

Many of us have heard of Krista Balsom before. Krista is the founder of Balsom Communications, publishing Your McMurray Magazine and the Fort McMurray Child Magazine and she is a passionate community advocate. Originally from Random Island in Newfoundland, she moved to Fort McMurray in high school and graduated from Westwood Community High School in 2003, and then studied at Keyano College before heading to the University of Ottawa. She has since been actively engaged in politics, marketing and communications. She is a wife to Jason, step-mother to Madison and Jayden, and she loves to have fun, celebrate life and work hard to make Fort McMurray a better place to live, work and play. You might have seen her on the Keyano Theatre stage in Hometown… The Musical (2013) and Les Miserables (2014). In February, she will appear on the Keyano main stage once again, this time as Eleanor Dunbar and a Choir Member in the production of Footloose – The Musical directed by Karen Johnson-Diamond!

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The cast of the 2014 Keyano Theatre Company production of Les Miserables, directed by Claude Giroux. Photo credits: Keyano Theatre
As 2017 kicks off with a bang, rehearsals for Footloose is in full swing, having begun dancing and blocking rehearsals.

 

How has being involved in the production of Footloose been so far?
“Great! I love getting to know the new cast and crew – some from my old shows at KTC, but mostly new cast members and crew so it’s great to get to know them and be a part of the energy as we all figure out the show together.
The best thing about being part of Footloose and the Keyano Theatre Company in general is getting to know the cast of people involved in the show – from the KTC staff, volunteer actors and the professional artistic crew – so many incredible people who are putting their everything into the show. The creative energy that flows around you is intense!
I love how [community theatre] brings together so many different people from all walks of life and age groups that wouldn’t typically be friends. By the end of a production you’re really a family that leans on one another for support, laughter and lifelong friendship. I think it’s more important than ever that people in our community spend time relaxing and enjoying the positives in life – and community theatre – whether on stage, behind it or in the audience is a great way to do just that!”
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Krista with fellow actor and community champion Russell Thomas in Hometown… The Musical (2013), directed by Claude Giroux. Photo credit: Keyano Theatre

 

What are you most excited about with Footloose? What’s the biggest challenge?

 

“I’m most excited about opening night! The adrenaline is something I’d love to bottle up and save for every day of the year. The biggest challenge would be trusting the process. When you start a show you start learning the choreography, musical numbers and blocking and it seems impossible that it will all come together into an dynamic, cohesive show that the audience will enjoy. BUT – it always does in the end. After a few shows, I have learned to trust the process, but it’s always a challenge and I find myself reminding myself during every rehearsal to do just that and by the time opening night comes, we’ll all be ready! Together.”
Author: Hanna Fridhed
Footloose – The Musical – Tickets available here.
Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim SteinmanPreview: Feb 16, 8:00 pm
Opening: Feb17, 8:00 pm
Show dates: Feb 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 2017 8:00 pmGenre: Musical
Rating: Mature (16+) without adult supervision

 

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