What do you get when you combine two phenomenal musical theatre companies, roller skates, Greek myth, and disco? Clearly, you get XANADU! Yes, I saw the original film in the theatre, likely the week it was released, and loved it, so it's got that working for it. It also is being presented by SatCo (whose previous Edmonton Fringe shows include American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Dog Fight) and Uniform Theatre (Sterling nominated for last years' Fringe hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). The cast and creative team for this production are top-notch and if you add this to your list, you'll get a show that is so much more than a Fringe show. It's family friendly too, so that's a plus. I am very intrigued to find out how the roller skating is going to translate to the Strathcona High School performance space!
Sterling nominated companies SatCo and Uniform Theatre have teamed up to present a totally rad rock musical in the Edmonton Fringe! XANADU tells the story of Greek Muse Clio, who descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach in 1980 to inspire a struggling artist to create the greatest artistic creation of all time - A ROLLER DISCO! But when she falls into forbidden love with the mortal, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds!
XANADU features the music of ELO, with a hilarious book by Douglas Carter Beane. It’s 90 minutes of rock, glitter, and 80s magic that you won’t want to miss!
Featuring the talents of: Arden Phillips, Brian Christensen, Nelson Bragg, Mackenzie Reurink, Kristin Johnston, Emi Gusdal, Victoria Suen, Ryley Tennant and Dustyn Tennessen.
Director: Linette Smith
Musical Director: Stephanie Urquhart
Stage Manager: Kandice Laurie
Assistant Stage Manager: Logan Stefura
Lighting Designer: Freida Wang
Sound Designer: Russell Ault
Band: Stephanie Urquhart, Sam Malowney, Sam Vesely, Peter Zawalski
Venue 25 - Strathcona High School (10450 72 Avenue)
Tickets on sale August 8 at noon through Fringe Theatre! Click here for tickets or more information.
Photo Credit: Kaylin Schenk
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