“Xanadu” the Musical Presented at SOU February 15-25, Don’t Miss It

Xanadu rolls onto the stage February 15th at SOU


Thursday, February 8, 2024 (Ashland, OR). Xanadu the musical, will roll its way onto the Southern Oregon University Main Stage Theatre with 8 performances beginning February 15 and running through February 25th.


Presented by the Oregon Center for the Arts and the School of Arts and Communication at Southern Oregon University, the show will offer both 2:00pm matinee and 8:00pm evening performances with limited seating on stage in the round.


The book and screenplay were written by Douglas Carter Beane, who created a silly, joyful fantasy with Xanadu the musical.  While the film was a cult classic at the movie box office during the summer of 1980, the revised Tony-nominated stage musical seems like the perfect campy and fun comedic relief that we all might need to move through Q1 of 2024.


But whether you were a teenager in the bell-bottomed disco era or you’re more akin to the retro hustle, SOU’s Xanadu has something for everyone. Prepare for laughter, romance, and a nostalgic journey between the mythical Mount Olympus and the sun-kissed shores of Venice Beach, California.


“It’s been a joy getting to play the role of Kira,” said Corrine Maddox, a senior theatre major at Southern Oregon University. “And it hasn’t been hard to find the silliness in this role – I’ve always wanted to be a nutty, immortal goddess with an Australian accent! And I’ve been learning to roller skate from scratch basically, which has been challenging, but rewarding – spills and all,” said Maddox.


The ride from movie flop to Broadway hit is inspiring to us all, but especially any cast that ascends the hurdles of the complex choreography of Xanadu. And it wasn’t just the choreography that was a challenge. The SOU cast faced delayed rehearsal schedules (due to winter weather), challenging music, new dialects, and learned to roller skate – all in 6 weeks’ time.


The dance choreography is expertly crafted by director Lauren Blair. Blair is a dance educator and has choreographed more than 50 musicals in her 25-year career.


“I believe so strongly in educational theatre and how it shapes not only a student’s art but their whole life. I will always find time to continue to teach and learn from others and am grateful for all the collaboration with students, staff, and faculty creating Xanadu,” said Blair.


The Xanadu cast is comprised of: Corrine Maddox (Kira), Aidan Jenkins (Sonny), Grant Halverson (Danny), Georgia Black (Melpomene), Violet Love (Calliope), Julia Gibbs (Erato), Alyssa Hertzog (Euterpe), Byers Sullivan (Thalia/YoungDanny), Micah Kelson (Terpsicore), Zia Allen (Hera & Others), Gabi Vidana (Thetis & Others), Brooklyn Williams (Aphrodite & Others), Alexis Edwards (Medusa & Others) Tim Turner (Zeus & Others) and Sam Hunke (Hermes & Others).


“This show has been the most thrilling and most challenging thing I’ve done with theatre in recent memory. To be singing in the range of these catchy songs, while dancing, while dancing in skates– it’s been a doozy. But there is no group of wonderful castmates, crewmates, and fabulous director that I would trust more to cast the magic of this show. We talk a lot about inspiration in this show… this group is my inspiration,” said Aidan Jenkins, a junior theatre major at SOU.


Xanadu runs 90 minutes in length with no intermission and the catchy music expertly composed by duo of Jeff Lynn and John Farrar and recorded by The Electric Light Orchestra will have you singing “Strange Magic” long after you exit the stage.


Tickets for Xanadu are available in-person at the OCA Box Office Monday-Friday from Noon-6pm on the Southern Oregon University Campus. Reserved seats are $25 per person/$20 for seniors. Accommodations for seating and listening devices are available by request. For tickets call the OCA Box Office at 541-552-6348, or purchase online at https://sou.universitytickets.com.




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