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Kevin Bacon Tells Students at “Footloose” High School That He’ll See Them on Prom Day, “I Gotta Come”

Kevin Bacon Prom

The students at Payson High School have been heard— Footloose star Kevin Bacon will kick off his Sunday shoes and cut loose at their final prom.

The Utah school served as the backdrop for the 1984 classic, and after this year, it will shut down. Because it is the film’s 40th anniversary—and the last year students will flood the iconic building’s halls—they wanted Kevin to help make their prom extra special.

So the students have been putting together social media videos and flash mobs under #bacontopayson to get Kevin’s attention. They also promised to raise funds for the actor’s SixDegrees.org foundation if Kevin Bacon made a cameo at their prom.

Kevin heard their pleas.

Kevin Bacon Inspired by Students at Payson High School

On March 22, the entire student body gathered in the gymnasium for a special video call from the actor himself. And he announced that next month, they’d get the chance to meet him in person.


#Footloose was filmed at Payson High School in Utah, and for months, the students there have tried to get the actor to attend this year’s prom, which will be the last at the building as the school will be relocating at the end of the academic year. Students put on an all-out blitz to get Bacon to come to their prom, using the hashtag BaconToPayson, re-creating scenes from the movie, learning the “Footloose” dance and hosting an event on prom day to benefit Bacon’s charity, sixdegrees.org . #TODAYShow

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“I have been so impressed with everything that’s been going on there with this crazy idea to get me to come back,” he said to the silent crowd. “You know, I don’t need to say it, but the movie and Payson High School was a big part of my life. I’ve been amazed at the work that all of you have put into this with the musical, and the flash mobs, and the recreations. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by me. Not to mention the fact that you’ve tied in Sixdegrees.org, our foundation, and are trying to figure out ways to give back to your community. It’s really inspirational.”

“So, thank you, thank you,” he continued. “I’m gonna come. I gotta come.”

According to the Today Show, Payson High School’s prom is about one month away. And they’ll be there to catch Kevin Bacon on camera. So be sure to check back for clips of the special day!

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