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Emerald Coast Theatre Company Present: Xanadu

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This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the 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, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.

The show opens Thursday, May 13, and runs two weekends through Sunday, May 22. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Thursday, May 19 and Sunday May 15 and 21.

Slap on your roller skates, pump up the glitter, and get hip to the muses in “Xanadu,” the laugh-out-loud musical stage adaptation of the 1980 film. “Xanadu” follows Clio, the lovely and precocious Greek muse who decides to put on some roller skates, legwarmers, and an Australian accent in order to help Sonny Malone, a chalk artist with half a brain and a heart of gold, rediscover his creativity. With both help and hindrance from the other muses — and from a clarinetist-turned-real estate mogul named Danny Maguire — Sonny and Clio work to rebuild their “apex of the arts” — a roller disco. More than a dozen pop songs from this ‘80s cult classic round out the soundtrack including “Xanadu,” “I’m Alive,” “Dancin’, “Have You Never Been Mellow” and more.

“We invite everyone to forget their troubles and join us for this hilarious roller-skating musical adventure filled with ‘80s pop rock music,” says ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We are thrilled to cap our season with such a fun and funny show.”

This production is directed by Nathanael Fisher. Vincent Pelligrino is musical director and choreographer. Lighting and set design are by Rebeca Lake. Costume design is by Kristen Taylor. Sound design and stage management is by Phillip Padgett, assisted by Madi Fann.

A part of the Professional Theatre Mainstage series, “Xanadu” will be staged in ECTC’s performance space located on the second floor of 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach. Arrive early to enjoy the display of original artwork in the ECTC Lobby Gallery sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. The exhibit features artwork by local artists. All of the artwork is available for purchase. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its theater education programs.

Tickets to “Xanadu” are $36 per person for adults, $34 for seniors (55 years old and up)/military and $30 for students (must show ID). Purchase tickets online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org

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