"Footloose" is the story of the city kid that moves to a small town where dancing and rock music is banned. It began as a movie in 1984 starring Kevin Bacon and has gone on to spurn a remake in 2011 and several different versions of a stage show. One of those is being produced by Voorhees Middle School in New Jersey which is also rolling out a paperless approach to the productions.
In a recent Sun News article, drama club director Leta Strain spoke about the different ways that the drama department was able to save money by going green. They started using Unistrut – a reusable material – instead of lumber to create sets, repurposed as many costumes as possible and are using technology to cut back on paper spending.
"We are using technology to save energy and to save trees. We are considering electronic playbills," Strain told the news source.
She went on to say that for a typical year, 2,000 playbills are created with 100 bi-fold pages each. They use 50 sheets of paper per playbill. The new digital version was created with Apple's presentation program Keynote and will be projected on the screen at productions with scrolling advertisements. This version will also be available to anyone to download if they choose.
Strain said that they are also considering using Keynote as a way to digitally create backdrops for the shows instead of creating physical versions.
Eliminating paper is a simple move that is helping this middle school save money. This decision can also be done by any company as a way to save on spending, improve information sharing and increase productivity.