School of Theatre Arts to Present Electrifying Xanadu

Xanadu Poster

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present Douglas Carter Beane, John Farrar and Jeff Lynne’s musical comedy Xanadu from April 10-15 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).

Based on the Universal Pictures 1980 cult classic movie of the same title, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels, quite literally, as characters roller-skate through this musical adventure. The Tony-award nominated musical centers around the lovely Greek muse Kira (Kara Ryan ’19), who helps chalk artist Sonny Malone (Jeffrey Keller ’19) rediscover his creativity. The production also features the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends John Farrar, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Jeff Lynne.

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Jean MacFarland Kerr will direct the production. Cast members include: Dana Clouser ’18 (Calliope), Stefano Egleston ’20 (Thalia), Kamilah Lay ’19 (Erato), Jace LeGarde ’19 (Danny), Jessica McGrew ’19 (Melpomene), Kira Rangel ’20 (Euterpe) and Braden Tanner ’20 (Terpsicore).

Curtain is at 8 p.m. each evening except for the matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Tickets are $14 for Friday and Saturday, and $12 for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Wednesday’s performance is free. All other performances are $2 for students with an ID. Tickets can be purchased at the School of Theatre Arts box office or online.

For additional information, please contact the box office at (309) 556-3232 or visit

By Vi Kakares '20