Abbotsford residents are invited to crimp their hair, flip up their collars and rock some legwarmers in celebration of Clayburn Middle School students’ performance of the pop-rock musical comedy Xanadu JR., beginning March 11.
A student version of the award-winning Broadway musical, Xanadu JR., is set in 1980, done in the style of a classic Greek tragedy and follows a Greek Muse named Kira who chooses to help and guide a struggling artist. The musical comedy features an original hit score by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, which includes songs like “Magic”, “All Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”, “Evil Woman”, “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu.”
Xanadu JR. is part of the Music Theatre International (MTI) Broadway Junior Collection®, MTI’s special collection of musicals for young performers which includes “JR.” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children and “KIDS” titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children.
“The students from Clayburn Middle School are working together to tell this vibrant musical story about overcoming obstacles in order to pursue one’s artistic passion. We think you’ll agree that their communication, collaboration, and creativity is a quantifying-life lesson,” says Freddie Gershon, CEO of MTI.
Clayburn Middle School will present the MTI Broadway Junior production Xanadu JR. on March 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at the Robert Bateman High School Round Room, located at 35045 Exbury Ave. Tickets cost $7.50 and may be purchased at Clayburn Middle School
The production involves 46 cast and crew ages 11 to 14 and is directed by Vince Dimanno with music and choreography direction by Kristina Paule.