`Xanadu' opens Thursday at DPP
By ELISA SAND, Staff Reporter
The musical production of Xanadu opens on stage at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse Thursday.|
The Dakota State University spring show runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night with a 1:30 p.m. matinee Saturday.
Xanadu is a love story about a muse who breaks the rules of the gods and appears to inspire a young man and ends up falling in love. The story is based off the 1981 movie.
"The stage version pokes fun at the movie," Play Director Kelly MacLeod said explaining that the script is peppered with fun, silly and cheezy humor.
The stage is set up with special seats for 24 audience members on stage. MacLeod said these audience members will have opportunities to interact with the characters in the play.
"It's a participatory theater experience," she said.
Traditional seating is also available. Those who chose to sit on stage will receive a special gift.
The show depicts the story of Sonny Malone (played by Jason Ehlenfeldt) who is an artist in need of inspiration so he paints a chalk mural of three Greek muses. But, when one of those muses (Kira, played by Marissa Tambornino) steps out of the painting to inspire him she falls in love and creates art, both of which she is forbidden to do, and inspires Malone to follow his dream and open a roller Disco.
The 18-member cast includes both DSU students and community members. Music Director is Lorri May; Stage Manager is Logan Viet; and members of the orchestra are Ian Nelson, Zach Fuerst, Joel Brick and Monica Pickard.
The balance of the cast is Alex Monroe (Melpomene); Alyssa Ternes (Calliope); Alicia Davidson (Erato, siren, chorus); Tawny Jones (Euterpe, siren, chorus); Ethan Shafer (Terpsicore, siren, chorus); Dustin Stage (Thalia, siren, chorus); Jared Jankord (Danny Maguire); Olyvia Schuurmans (Andrew's sister, Aphrodite, chorus); Autumn Van Scoy (lead singer of Tubes, Cyclops); Ann Weismantel (Andrew's sister, Thatis, chorus); Aaron Anderson (Zeus, chorus); Matt Bailey (Hermes, Medusa, chorus); Britany Mann (swing dancer, chorus); and Dustin Daily (swing dancer, chorus).