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February 27, 2013

Tickets on sale for DWU’s spring musical, ‘Xanadu’

MITCHELL —  If looking for light-hearted comedy coupled with pop-rock performed on a stage with 1980’s whimsy – look no further. Tickets are now on sale for Dakota Wesleyan’s spring musical, “Xanadu.”

“Xanadu” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., March 15-16, and March 22-23; and at 2 p.m. on March 17 and 24, in the Patten-Wing Theatre within Hughes Hall on campus. General admission will be $10 and tickets are on sale at County Fair Food Store in Mitchell and will also be available at the door the night of each performance. Tickets must be purchased in person and cannot be reserved by phone.

“This production h as been an awful lot of fun to work on,” said Dan Miller, DWU theatre director. “The show is hysterical and the cast is incredibly talented. Don’t expect to see the movie on stage. This hilarious musical totally pokes fun at the movie and the ’80s.”

The musical comedy of “Xanadu” follows the journey of Kira, a beautiful Greek muse, and Sonny, a struggling artist. Set in 1980, this quirky tale unfolds as Kira comes to Sonny to inspire the invention of something the world has never seen – the first roller disco. As in all Greek stories, sibling rivalry rears its ugly head when Kira falls into forbidden love with Sonny and her jealous sisters prove they have a part to play, as well.

Audiences may recognize the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, including, “Magic,” “All Over The World,” “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive,” “Evil Woman,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu,” to name a few, and the musical based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.

DWU’s version will bring to stage a cast of recognizable faces, including Jenna Callies, Mitchell, who will be recognized from Area Community Theatre’s “Footloose,” and DWU’s “Damn Yankees.” Alex Smith also comes back to center stage as Sonny – audiences will remember him as Joseph from DWU’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

 

 
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