OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Department of Performing Arts production of “Xanadu” has been selected for the American College Theatre Festival Region VIII competition!
Encore Performances (and fund raisers) of “Xanadu,” directed by Jim Christian, run February 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee February 4 at 2 p.m., in the Eccles Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 for all shows and are available in advance at Dee Events Center Tickets, 1-800-WSU-TIKS, weberstatetickets.com or at the door beginning one hour before the performance. No comp tickets will be honored for the fund-raising performances.
Xanadu, a book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, is based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name. The 2007 musical ran for more than 500 performances on Broadway, earning an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. It was also nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book.
Xanadu, a metaphor for opulence in Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan,” becomes a humorous joke when describing the dream of Sonny, a struggling artist in 1980. His greatest creation will be a roller disco. He is inspired and assisted by a Muse from Olympus, Clio, disguised as an Australian skater named Kira. Complications arise when Clio/Kira falls in love with her mortal, inspiring jealous trouble-making by a couple of her sister Muses and breaking the rule set by her father, Zeus, to NOT fall in love with a mortal.
A feature of the production is actual roller-skating on stage. Our WSU actors have been on wheels at rehearsals since early in September but have been practicing individually since before auditions. Blocking this production in the Eccles (Black Box) Theatre has been a challenge for director, Jim Christian, but he and the cast have risen to it, and fallen a few times, too.
Because of limited seating in the Eccles Theatre (112 seats) and the anticipated popularity of this production, it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance. Parents are advised that the word “bitch” is used for comic effect and that there are some mild sexual innuendos.
Van Tinkham, scenic designer, is busy with his crew turning the Eccles Theatre into a disco skating palace. Tyler Banks, a WSU Theatre major, is the costume designer. Expect costumes to bring back 80s nostalgia with a touch of Classical Greece.