Actors guild rolls out ‘Xanadu Jr.’ next weekend
Parents will get a taste of nostalgia through the lens of today’s youth next weekend at a local theater group’s rendition of an ’80s movie.
The Actors Guild of Schuylkill County will be presenting “Xanadu Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. May 20 at the Theatre at Simon Kramer, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia. Tickets are free for children 3 and younger; $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and $15 for anyone 13 and older, and are available at the door or through the guild’s website at www.agosc.org.
Based on the 1980 film “Xanadu,” the play “follows the journey of a magical Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount 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. But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation of chaos abounds,” the play’s director, Amy Mills, said, adding “the stage show actually has a bit more of a story to it than the movie. It has many funny lines and fantastic music made famous by ELO and Olivia Newton-John.”
As in the movie, the lead actors are set to stroll around on roller skates in this part Greek myth, part “age of glitter” reprisal.
Those actors and actresses include: Riley McDonald as Clio/Kira, the lead muse; Michael Spotts as Sonny, the struggling artist; Alexa Gauvreau as Melpomene and Ava Frantz as Calliope, the main antagonists; and Logan Miscannon as Danny McGuire — “a businessman
who had also been inspired by the muse Clio in his younger years,” according to Mills; as well as Bo McDonald, Caitlin Cappella, Callie Seisler, Ella Frantz, Genevieve Smith, Lauren Bennyhoff, Madison Munley, Marcus Smith, Payton Miller and Peyton Fetter, Mills said.
Despite the cast being born about two decades after the movie was released, they are “really enjoying the music and the extra dancing they do in this show,” said Mills, who has been directing the AGOSC youth musicals for eight years. “I would say the most difficult part of the show will be for my two leads who not only have to act, sing and dance, but also roller skate. They both only started skating when they were chosen for the parts and they are doing remarkably well.”
In addition to the youth musicals, Mills has directed some adult shows and musicals at AGOSC, including “Of Mice and Men,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Next on AGOSC’s agenda is a June presentation of “Forbidden Broadway,” which Mills described as a “cabaret revue sharply spoofing wellknown show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals.” The guild, a nonprofit group dedicated to bringing theater to the Coal Region, is always seeking new volunteers to get involved in the production, ranging from crews, actors, stage managers and directors and more. For more information, visit the AGOSC website or visit them on Facebook.
Michael Spotts, Frackville, left, and Riley McDonald, Orwigsburg, take on the lead roles of Sonny and Kira in the Actors Guild of Schuylkill County’s production of “Xanadu Jr.” The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. May 20 at...
Bo McDonald, Orwigsburg, is one of the cast members of “Xanadu Jr.”