ROGERS, AR -- Break out your roller-skates and legwarmers! Rogers Little Theater is bringing Xanadu to Northwest Arkansas opening July 25. The 1980's movie featuring Olivia Newton John has been formatted for the stage, promising high energy, bright colors and lots of motion. The musical, however, is a farce, poking fun at the original.
"I think this is probably unlike anything that Rogers Little Theater has done. This is the first time that Xanadu has been performed in Arkansas, I believe," said Mick Broach, who plays Danny McGuire and Zeus. "It's a lot of fun, there's a lot of great 80's music."
This show marks Broach's debut at Rogers Little Theater. "I am friends with the musical director here and she told me about it. I had sung for her before so she thought I would be a great fit for this role," he said.
The cast, comprised completely of volunteers, has been working on the show for about six weeks.
"It's very fast schedule," said Broach. "It's challenging but a whole lot of fun."
The quick rehersal schedule is not the only challenge the cast must conquer in order for the show to go on. "I'm on roller-skates the entire show, actually, which is was very fun," said Lexie Hardcastle, who plays the role of Clio and Kira in the musical. "It's a really fun show. Very energetic."
Lexie Hardcastle recently played in the theater's productions of Les Miserables (Cosette) and The King and I (Tuptim).
For Reid Evans, who plays the role of Sonny Malone, this production means transitioning from drama to comedy. "It's probably the most sheer fun show I've ever been in. It's a lot of fun to do," said Evans. "You know I saw a little bit of the movie and I like the stage version a lot better."
Evans also performed in the Rogers Little Theater's production of Les Miserables (Enjolras).
Xanadu is scheduled to run from July 25-August 10. Tickets are on sale with $48 per person for Dinner Theater Seating, $17 per person for Balcony Seats, and $10 per person for students with a current university ID. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.