Xanadu
June 10-13, 2015
Directed by Paul J. Hustoles
Musical Direction by Nick Wayne
Choreography by Emily Scinto
Scenic Design by David McCarl
Costume Design by Catherine Schmeal-Swope
Lighting Design by Steven Smith

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Just in case you forgot where you were, Sonny and the Muses spell it out for you. They are (left to right):
Sonny (Steven Labine), Euterpe (Leigh Jacobson), Thalia (Matthew Stairs), Terpsicore (Daniel PaulJohn Lane),
Erato (Jessica Staples) and Clio (Emily Scinto).

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A soldier (Daniel PaulJohn Lane) appears in a flashback shared by
Clio (Emily Scinto) and Danny Maguire (Jake McInerney).

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Sonny (Steven Labine) shares a confusing moment with Clio (Emily Scinto).

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Melpomene (Emily Jansen, rear) and Calliope (Amanda Mai) get crazy.

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Clio (Emily Scinto, center in pink) tries her new persona out on Sonny (Steven Labine), while her
sister Muses look on. They are (left to right): Thalia (Matthew Stairs), Euterpe (Leigh Jacobson),
Erato (Jessica Staples), Melpomene (Emily Jansen), Calliope (Amanda Mai) and Terpsicore (Daniel PaulJohn Lane).

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Muses Thalia (Matthew Stairs) and Terpsicore (Daniel PaulJohn Lane)
give Clio (Emily Scinto) a lift.

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It's a Muse dance!

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The Centaur (Daniel PaulJohn Lane) arrives as Clio (Emily Scinto) confronts the gods.

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All hail the gods of Olympus.

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Clio (Emily Scinto) takes a ride on Pegasus.

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Striking a final pose (left to right): Calliope (Amanda Mai), Melpomene (Emily Jansen), Sonny (Steven Labine),
Terpsicore (Daniel PaulJohn Lane), Danny Maguire (Jake McInerney), Thalia (Matthew Stairs), Clio (Emily Scinto),
Euterpe (Leigh Jacobson) and Erato (Jessica Staples).

Xanadu roller skates into Minnesota State Mankato June 10-13

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present the fun and delightful Xanadu
as the second show in its 49th annual Highland Summer Theatre season. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday,
June 10-13, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is made possible by an anonymous donation.

The music by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar of the group ELO is the soundtrack for the musical, which is based on the Universal Pictures’
cult classic movie of the same title. It follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Clio, who descends from the
heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, CA, in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest
artistic creation of all time—the first roller disco. But, when Clio falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters
take advantage of the situation and divine chaos abounds.

The part of Clio is played by Emily Scinto, a junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Lakeville who last year was Mabel in
The Pirates of Penzance, Estrella in Life is a Dream and a Silly Girl in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast after playing Janet Van de Graaff
in The Drowsy Chaperone in her freshman year. She will also choreograph. Sonny is played by Steven Labine, a senior BFA Musical Theatre
candidate from Detroit Lakes show last year was a Wolf in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and a Pirate in The Pirates of Penzance.

Xanadu is directed by Department Chair Paul J. Hustoles, with musical direction by Nick Wayne. David McCarl,
the department’s costume designer in the school year, is scenic designer. The cast features Emily Jansen, 2013 BFA Musical Theatre
alum from St. Peter as Melpomene; Matthew Stairs, senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Casper, WY, as Thalia; Leigh Jacobson,
senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Champlin who will be Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family later this summer,
as Euterpe; and 2014 BFA Musical Theatre graduate Jake McInerney as Danny Maguire.

Tickets for Xanadu are $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current
Minnesota State Mankato students. They are on sale online at MSUTheatre.com and through the Theatre & Dance Box Office
from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

 

Photos by Mike Lagerquist