MusicWorks presents 'Xanadu Jr.' June 7
Western North Carolina residents and visitors are invited to crimp their hair, put on their roller skates and rock some legwarmers in celebration of MusicWorks Studio of Performing Arts’ upcoming performance of the pop-rock musical comedy “Xanadu Jr.” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Regular admission is $12 for ages 13 and older, and $9 for ages 3-12 years. A limited number of reserved seats are available and will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. The box office will be open one hour prior to each show time and the auditorium will open for seating a half hour prior to show time.
A student version of the award-winning Broadway musical is set in 1980, done in the style of a classic Greek tragedy and follows a Greek Muse named Kira who chooses to help and guide a struggling artist.
The musical comedy features an original hit score by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes songs like “Magic,” “All Over the World,” “Suddenly,” “I'm Alive,” “Evil Woman,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu.”
“The students from MusicWorks are working together to tell this vibrant musical story about overcoming obstacles in order to pursue one’s artistic passion,” said Freddie Gershon, ECO of Music Theatre International. “We think you’ll agree that their communication, collaboration and creativity is a quantifying-life lesson.”
This hilarious musical adventure about following one’s dreams in the face of obstacles, “Xanadu” follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek Muse, Kira — played by Cameron Robinson — who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in 1980.
Kira is on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny — played by Ben Sears — to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time, the first roller disco.
But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal, Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.
The show features Morgan Meadows as Melpomene and Madison Sugg as Calliope, the jealous and slightly evil sisters. Gracie Fulghum, Caroline Cloninger, Tessa Rabideau, Marina Battenfeld, Jonathan Delozier and Javan Delozier complete the cast of sister Muses/sirens.
Craig Summers plays the role of Danny McQuire, a real estate magnate and owner of the Xanadu Theater. “Xanadu” is directed by MusicWorks owner Lynne Meyer.
Xanadu features a charmingly witty book by Douglas Carter Beane and great pop music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. The student version of the show is based on the Tony nominated Broadway musical, which was based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel, which in turn, was inspired by the 1947 film “Down to Earth.”
For more information, call 565-0381.
“Xanadu Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com