Local Westfield teens to appear in musical

From left: Jealous Muses Melpomene (Anna Christianson) and Calliope (Ivy Bott) use their magic to make Sonny (Ike Wellhausen) and their sister, Kira (Grace Ruddell), fall in love in the musical comedy XANADU. (Photos by Zach Rosing)

From left: Jealous Muses Melpomene (Anna Christianson) and Calliope (Ivy Bott) use their magic to make Sonny (Ike Wellhausen) and their sister, Kira (Grace Ruddell), fall in love in the musical comedy XANADU. (Photos by Zach Rosing)

Jealous Muses Melpomene (Anna Christianson) and Calliope (Ivy Bott) plot against their sister in the musical comedy XANADU.

Jealous Muses Melpomene (Anna Christianson) and Calliope (Ivy Bott) plot against their sister in the musical comedy XANADU.

Lace up your roller skates and dig out your disco ball as Footlite Musicals presents the Indianapolis premier of the hit Broadway musical comedy, XANADU, on Aug. 9 through 11 and 15 through 18.

XANADU, directed by Ed Trout, is Footlite Musical’s Young Artists Production, featuring talented performers from ages 13 to 18. Westfield teens Anna Christianson and Rowan Whitcomb will appear in the roles of Melpomene and Erato.

XANADU follows the journey of Kira, a magical and beautiful Greek muse. She has descended from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, in a quest to inspire Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! When Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

This roller-skating musical is based on the classic cult movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. It features a book by Douglas Carter Beanne (Sister Act) and a score full of chart-topping tunes by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar (“Magic”, “Suddenly” and “Evil Woman”).

XANADU will be performed 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hedbeck Theatre, 1847 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis. Cost is $10 for Thursday and $15 from Friday through Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 926-6630 or visit www.footlite.org.

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