’80s nos­tal­gia

Ac­tors guild rolls out ‘Xanadu Jr.’ next week­end

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR

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.”

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