View an Exclusive Interview with Resident Actor Julia Kelly-Davis, Starring as Rusty in “Footloose”



Q: Where did you grow up? Were there any activities you did as a child that led to your passion for the arts?
I grew up in Anthem, Arizona, and I always sang and danced around the house. My first show I ever performed in was Seussical: The Musical when I was 10 years old and I played Gertrude McFuzz!


Q: Where did you receive your training? How did this prepare you for your work in the theatre world?
I was a part of my local theatre, Musical Theatre of Anthem. I was able to receive dance training and vocal lessons from the instructors at this company, and they have been such great teachers and role models throughout my life.



Q: You are playing the iconic role of Rusty. What are you looking forward to with this experience?
I am so excited to be playing the role of Rusty. I love singing “Let’s Hear It For The Boys” with all of the amazing ladies in the cast!


Q: Why is Footloose still relevant for audiences to see?
Footloose is such a classic story that all audiences can enjoy. The whole cast has worked so hard on both our dancing and vocals, and we hope to give everyone who comes to see us a great experience through this upbeat musical!


Q: You are also a Resident Actor this season. What are you most looking forward to with this experience with Charleston Stage this season?
I’ve already grown so close with all of my fellow Resident Actors, and I can’t wait to continue on this journey with them. We’ve had so many opportunities through both educating and performing to grow in our craft, and we have had the best time doing it.



Q: What other roles will you be performing with Charleston Stage this season?
After Footloose, I will be playing Annabelle Lee in Nevermore! Voyage Into the Netherworld, The Reverend in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Jovie in Elf The Musical, and Lucy in Bright Star!


Q: What makes you “Cut Loose”?
Monday dark days with my RA pals.


Performances of Footloose continue running Sept. 12th thru Sept. 22nd at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Tickets available online by clicking here.