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home : news : local   April 30, 2016

1/13/2013 5:52:00 AM
IVCC hosts auditions for roller disco play 'XANADU'

NT Staff

Illinois Valley Community College will hold auditions for the spring musical “XANADU” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Fireplace Lounge, Room B216, where all rehearsals also will take place.

Under the direction and choreography of Don Grant Zellmer and produced by Dr. David A. Kuester, IVCC is the first community college in Illinois to produce this Broadway musical hit spoof of the Olivia Newton-John movie. Consistently on the list of the worst movies of all time, XANADU’s subject matter was successful on Broadway.

“Sometimes,” said Kuester, “bad movies make great stage shows.”
Set in 1980, the show moves between Mt. Olympus and Venice Beach, Calif., offering a variety of parts for all ages and types of performers.

“While the show is ultimately about the opening of a roller disco,” said Zellmer, “not everyone needs to roller skate. We are looking for singers who are comfortable with pop music, as the score from the movie is by Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John.”

Adult male and female performers are needed. Those interested in auditioning should bring a CD with backup tracks to the audition and be prepared to dance and read scenes from the script.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21 as well as the following weekend at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at St. Bede Little Theatre while the IVCC Cultural Centre is under construction.

For information, call Kuester at (815) 224-0352. Those interested in IVCC Show Choir will be considered at this audition and will go through the same process. Auditions are open to the public.

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