It’s the beginning of eighth grade, and Nat Beacon is nervous. Not only will she be the New Kid, but the New Kid in a Wheelchair. And the school year starts off rocky: No one seems friendly, and she can’t get to the cafeteria without help. But there are a few bright spots. Namely, her best friend, Hudson, her boyfriend (swoon!), Malik, and her very favorite thing: theater. This year, there’s a middle-school theater competition, and any production that wins their regional competition will get the chance to perform-on a real Broadway stage!
Nat couldn’t be more excited. This is her chance to make it big and prove she belongs at her new school! Nat wows the director and gets cast in the school production: Footloose! But rehearsals are super stressful. Dance diva, Skye, wants more complex choreography, Malik keeps flaking for band practice, and Hudson gives Nat the cold shoulder, leaving Nat confused and alone. Nat starts to wonder whether she can really carry the show to Broadway and whether, without her friends, it’s worth doing theater at all.Full of heart, friendship, and so much song, Cut Loose! by Tony Award winner Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz is an uplifting story about embracing your strengths, standing out, and standing up for what you believe in.