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June 10-13: Musical ‘Xanadu’

Play is second show in the 49th annual Highland Summer Theatre season.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 5-27-2015

In the photo, Clio (Emily Scinto, center in pink) is surrounded by her sister Muses as she contemplates the fate of the strange artist-human, Sonny (Steven Labine). The Muses are (left to right starting in lower left corner): Euterpe (Leigh Jacobson), Calliope (Amanda Mai), Thalia (Matt Stairs), Terpsicore (Daniel PaulJohn Lane), Malpomene (Emily Jansen) and Erato (Jessica Staples).

Mankato, Minn. -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, Calif., 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.

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 and through the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661. 

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