July 22 - 30, 2016

BAYLESS HIGH SCHOOL / DIRECTED BY GARY LONG / BOOK BY DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE / MUSIC AND LYRICS BY JEFF LYNNE AND JOHN FARRAR

Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

This Tony Award-nominated hilarious musical adventure on roller skates rolls along to an original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures' cult classic movie of the same title, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. 


Proceeds Benefited

St. Louis ArtWorks provides meaningful work experience through apprenticeships in the arts for youth in the St. Louis metropolitan area.


Under Gary Long’s direction, the cast displayed a nice feel for the gentle self-mockery in [the] book, and the musical numbers were a treat.
— Gerry Kowarsky, Two on the Aisle
 

CAST

Kira (Clio) / Jazzy Danziger
Sonny Malone / Evan Fornachon
Danny Maguire (Zeus) / Pat Wheatley
Melpomene (Medusa) / Melissa Lueke
Calliope (Aphrodite) / Christen Ringhausen
Erato / Melody Valen Quinn
Euterpe / Aurielle Macchi
Terpsicore / Allen Berryman
Thalia / Tyler Gruen
Polyhymnia / Mackenzie Koehne
Urania / Sarah Polizzi
Misuses / Terri Beilstein, Jan Seitz Wheatley

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Director Gary Long / Assistant Directors Michael Huelsmann, Karen Fulks, Dan Boyer / Choreographer Jenn Koehne / Music Director Nate Jackson / Costume Designer Colene Fornachon / Set Designers Bill Beilstein and Josh Smith / Lighting Designer Charles Huelsmann / Sound Designer Karen Fulks / House Manager Correen Macchi / Promotional Photographer Kimberly Smith / Poster and Program Designer Jazzy Danziger / Casting Assistant Jon Hey

 

NOMINATED FOR EIGHT 2016 BROADWAYWORLD ST. LOUIS AWARDS

Best Musical
Best Direction of a Musical (Gary Long)
Best Ensemble Performance
Best Actor in a Musical (Evan Fornachon)
Best Actress in a Musical (Jazzy Danziger)
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Melissa Lueke)
Best Costumes, Musical (Colene Fornachon)
Best Scenic Design, Musical (Bill Beilstein)