Musical set for LTCHS

An artist finds his muse — literally — in the romantic musical Xanadu, which will be staged by Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School students starting on Feb. 2.

An artist finds his muse — literally — in the romantic musical Xanadu, which will be staged by Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School students starting on Feb. 2.

This will be the Canadian high school premiere of the stage musical, based on the 1980 roller-disco film starring Olivia Newton-John, with music by the Electric Light Orchestra, Cliff Richards and The Tubes.

The fantasy, written by Marc Reid Rubel, will feature two different casts of students, who will alternate performances during the show’s run until Feb. 11.

The musical is about artist Sonny Malone, who paints album covers for a living but dreams of fame beyond his job. One day, he nearly collides with a beautiful woman named Kira who kisses him and roller-skates away. Unbeknownst to Sonny, she’s one of the Muses who visit Earth to inspire people to pursue their dreams and desires.

Sonny is eventually encouraged by Kira to open a nightclub with a former band leader who lost his muse in the 1940s. More problematically, Sonny discovers he’s fallen in love with Kira — although her parents, the Greek Gods Zeus and Mnemosyne, aren’t impressed.

Can love bridge time, space and the god-human divide? Xanadu suggests it just might be possible.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. shows are $17.50 ($12 students, seniors and children) and are available from Ticket Central. (There’s also a 12:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 4).

For more information, call 403-347-1171, Ext. 1711.

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