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Verona Area High School’s XANADU Production Promises To Take You Back to the Age of Roller Disco

VERONA, Wis. – Attention all 80s music fans, the Verona Area High School Theatre and Music Departments are taking a journey to 1980 with their upcoming production of XANADU, a 2008 Tony Award® nominee for Best Musical. This will also be the first show at the VAHS Performing Arts Center located within the new Verona Area High School.  

XANADU is 90 minutes of family fun and inspiration to follow your dreams despite the limitations. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday, October 7-9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at   

Directed and choreographed by Brian Cowing, this roller skating musical adventure follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira (Bella Becker), who descends from the heavens to inspire the greatest of artistic achievements – the first roller disco!  Along the way she falls in forbidden love with a mortal, bumps into an old acquaintance, and chaos abounds when her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation.

 "A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True" was the tagline for the "Xanadu" film that starred Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and Michael Beck. The show features some well-known tunes including “Magic,” “Xanadu,” “All Over the World” and “I’m Alive”-- all top 20 Billboard hits.

In addition to Becker as Kira, VAHS’s Xanadu cast includes Brennan Pelletier as “Sonny,”  Daniel Christian as “Danny”,  Eva Perez and Lora Reinfeldt as the evil muses “Calliope” and “Melpomene,” respectively. The muses also include: Maizy Auger, Abby Elson, Jori Gasser, Maddie Hoida, Aimika Ketilson, and Jordan Sommers. Gods, Goddesses, Sirens, and other mythological creatures are played by: Julia Beardsley, Henry Gabrielski, Ruby Hicks, Addy Killinger, Lilly Lambrecht, Amelia Leiber, Vivian Neher, Hayley Rahn, Amara Rea, Ava Stevenson, Drake Tasch, and Blaise Westphal.

Heather Thorpe directs the music production. The design team includes Rafael Castanera (scenic design), Dawn Bankers (lighting design), Leslie Frank-Taylor (costume, wig and makeup design), Kyle Spradling (sound design), and Danny Halminiak (technical director). Eric Anderson conducts the orchestra.


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