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‘You have to believe we are magic’: Xanadu JR. performances set for Nov. 16, 19

Students ages 7-14 from across our community will bring on the magic when they take the stage to present the musical comedy Xanadu JR. at The J. Two public shows will take place in Pizitz Auditorium — on Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are on sale now ($10 for adults and $4 for children up to age 12):

Be prepared to show ID for admittance.

The story involves Greek muse Kira as she travels from Mt. Olympus to help Sonny, a struggling California artist, achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time: the first roller disco. The show is set to familiar tunes from the original 1980 movie, Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton John. 

Making her directorial debut, LJCC Youth Theater Director Jill Marlar says this small and mighty cast will wow their audiences with robust sound and high-energy moves. 

“I have never worked with such an independent and cooperative group of young people in my 20-plus years of teaching,” she says. “This group brings so much joy and creativity to rehearsals each week that I often find myself sitting back to watch them build their show. 

“It is an honor to be a part of this process with such a fine group,” she adds. “My sincere thanks to the families supporting our efforts.”