Xanadu the Musical
- Presented By: Verona Area High School Theatre and Music Department
- Dates: 10/7/2021, 10/8/2021, 10/9/2021
- Location: VAHS Performing Arts Center
- Time: 7:00 PM nightly; 2:00 PM matinee on Saturday
- Price: Adult $15, Student and Senior $12
XANADU: A Place Where Dreams Come True
Verona Area High School Theatre and Music Department’s present XANADU, a 2008 Tony Award® nominee for Best Musical. Please join us for the very first show at the New Performing Arts Center, 234 Wildcat Way, Verona WI. "A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True" was the tagline for the "Xanadu" film that starred Olivia Newton-John as Kira, Gene Kelly as Danny McGuire and Michael Beck as Sonny Malone. Although the disco-era film flopped spectacularly, its soundtrack recording went double-platinum and the Broadway Musical was a hit!
Douglas Carter Beane wrote the book for XANADU based on the film of the same name and was the winner of the 2008 Drama Desk Award® for Outstanding Book of a Musical. The score, by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, includes the hits, “Magic,” “Xanadu,” “All Over the World” and “I’m Alive” -- all top 20 Billboard hits. Lynne wrote and produced all of the music of Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O). Farrar was also responsible for most of the hits that were performed by Olivia Newton-John in the 1970’s.
Verona Area High School’s Xanadu is Directed/Choreographed by Brian Cowing with Music Direction by Heather Thorpe. You will be taken back to 1980 California. This hilarious roller skating musical adventure, follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira (Bella Becker), who descends from the heavens to inspire the greatest of artistic achievements – the first roller disco! Along the way she falls in forbidden love with a mortal, bumps into an old acquaintance and chaos abounds when her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation.
The Cast includes: Brennan Pelletier as “Sonny,” Daniel Christian as “Danny”, Eva Perez and Lora Reinfeldt as the evil Muses “Calliope” and “Melpomene,” respectively. The Muses also include: Maizy Auger, Abby Elson, Jori Gasser, Maddie Hoida, Aimika Ketilson, and Jordan Sommers. Gods, Goddesses, Sirens, and other mythological creatures are played by: Julia Beardsley, Henry Gabrielski, Ruby Hicks, Addy Killinger, Lilly Lambrecht, Amelia Leiber, Vivian Neher, Hayley Rahn, Amara Rea, Ava Stevenson, Drake Tasch, and Blaise Westphal. The design team includes Rafael Castanera (scenic design), Dawn Bankers (lighting design), Leslie Frank-Taylor (costume, wig and makeup design), Kyle Spradling (sound design), and Danny Halminiak (technical director). The orchestra is conducted by Eric Anderson.
XANADU is 90 minutes of family fun and inspiration to follow your dreams despite the limitations. Reserve your seats today online @ vahs.vbotickets.com Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 7th - 9th at 7:00pm; with a matinee on Saturday the 9th at 2:00pm. Masks are required.