Glendale mayor, school board members to take the theater stage

Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman and two members of the Glendale Unified School Board -- Christine Walters and President Joylene Wagner -- have been cast in the upcoming musical production of "Footloose" by the Stepping Stone Players, a Glendale-based community theater company.

Friedman, Walters and Wagner will star as characters on the town council of Bomont.

"We're thrilled to have their talents and authentic experience to play these roles," Director Bob Stewart said in announcing the show.

During a recent rehearsal in the auditorium at Hoover High School, Wagner said she joined the show because "I could use some fun," according to the theater company.

"Footloose" is a story about the choices made in dealing with deep loss and the power of dance to recover lost joy.

The Stepping Stone Players is a nonprofit that receives financial support from Glendale Arts, Glendale Kiwanis Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Gwendolyn Sexton Foundation, Lexus of Glendale and several other private donors.

Performances of "Footloose" are from Sept. 9 through 25 at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Hoover Theater, 651 Glenwood Road, Glendale. Performances interpreted with American Sign Language are Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.

Tickets cost $18 for general admission or $12 for students and seniors online at or at the door. Call (818) 548-3180.

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