Playhouse Presents “Xanadu”
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Playhouse Presents “Xanadu”

The Dayton Playhouse will skate into 2017 with the campy, outrageous, musical comedy, Xanadu, with book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.  Opening night is January 20 and performances will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through February 5.  Friday and Saturday start times are 8 pm and Sundays start at 2 PM.  The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45414.  The play is being directed by Tina McPhearson, with musical director, Judy Mansky, and choreographer, Annette Looper.  Set design by Chris “Red” Newman.

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 own 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. Xanadu is the rare musical with a big heart, an even bigger funny bone, and a tongue stuck firmly in its cheek.

The cast of Xanadu includes:  Desmond Thomas as Sonny Malone, Ellie Krug as Kira, Amy Askins as Melponeme, Tamar Fishbein as Calliope, Adee McFarland as Euterpe, Shanna Camacho as Erato, John Nussbaum as Thalia, Richard Waldeck as Terpsicore, and David Shough as Danny McGuire.  

Tickets for the production are available at www.daytonplayhouse.com.  The cost is $18 for adults and $16 for seniors, students and military.  Tickets may also be purchased through the box office at 937-424-8477.  Messages may be left at any time and calls will be returned.

The Dayton Playhouse is a community theatre providing outstanding theatrical productions to Miami Valley audiences of all ages for more than fifty years.  The Playhouse is nationally recognized for FutureFest, an annual festival of new plays.

2015-16 Blackburn Certificate of Achievement Recipients

At the Blackburn Awards Gala, many volunteers were recognized with Certificates of Achievement for their performances or production work on the shows from our 2015-16 Season. These certificates are awarded on the basis of Patron ballots provided in the programs of every performance. Below is the list of Certificates of Achievement presented on September 25, 2016.

Technical:

Tina McPhearson – Costume Design – Diary of Anne Frank
Sarah Caplan – Props – Diary of Anne Frank
Alan Shotwell – Lighting Design – Diary of Anne Frank
J. Gary Thompson – Sound Design – Diary of Anne Frank
Paige Hanshaw – Choreography – Carousel
Teresa Kahle – Costume Design – Carousel
Tina McPhearson – Props – Carousel
Chris Newman – Set Design – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Kathleen Carroll – Costumes – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Dawn Roth-Smith – Props – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Molly Lamperis – Lighting Design – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Bob Kovach – Sound Design – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Bob Kovach – Sound Design – 1776

Direction:

Jennifer Lockwood – Director – The Diary of Anne Frank
Shawn Hooks – Assistant Director – Carousel
Richard Brock – Assistant Director – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Judy Mansky – Musical Director – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Stacey Ward – Assistant Director – 1776

Supporting Actress:

Heather Campbell Martin – Supporting Actress – The Diary of Anne Frank
Emily Church – Supporting Actress – The Diary of Anne Frank
Jill Lynott – Supporting Actress – The Diary of Anne Frank
Sandy Coleman – Supporting Actress – The Diary of Anne Frank
Pam McGinnis – Supporting Actress – The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
The Pontecorvo Dancers – Supporting Actress – Carousel
Christy Carson – Supporting Actress – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Krissy McKim-Barker – Supporting Actress – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd

Supporting Actor:

Jack Lewis – Supporting Actor – The Diary of Anne Frank
Rick Johnson – Supporting Actor – The Diary of Anne Frank
Ray Geiger – Supporting Actor – The Diary of Anne Frank
Richard Young – Supporting Actor – The Diary of Anne Frank
Malcolm Casey – Supporting Actor – The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
Eric Thompson – Supporting Actor – Carousel
J. Gary Thompson – Supporting Actor – Carousel
Brad Bishop – Supporting Actor – Carousel
Brad Bishop – Supporting Actor – 1776
Mark Van Luvender – Supporting Actor – 1776
Alain Alejandro – Supporting Actor – 1776
Mark Reuter – Supporting Actor – 1776
Brian Laughlin – Supporting Actor – 1776
Matt Lindsay – Supporting Actor – 1776
Charles Larkowski – Supporting Actor – 1776

Lead Actor:

Chris Tuell – Lead Actor – 1776
Shawn Hooks – Lead Actor – 1776

Specials:

Orchestra – Carousel
Orchestra – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Ensemble – Carousel
Ensemble – Urchins – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd