Save the date July 8 -11th for outdoor performances of Xanadu, JR. and Disney's Moana, JR. Fendig Theatre for Children chose to rehearse & perform two productions this summer to help keep participant groups small & serve our mission of providing creative performing arts opportunities to children in our community.
Some may recognize these titles, but for others they might be something new. Fendig is thrilled to provide these performance & education opportunities to our community and bring the entertainment to you. Read more about each show below.
A hilarious musical adventure about following your dreams in the face of obstacles, Xanadu JR. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek Muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980. Kira is on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time... the first ROLLER DISCO! (Remember, it's 1980). But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.
Xanadu JR. features a charmingly witty book by Douglas Carter Beane and great pop music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. The student version of the show is based on the Tony nominated Broadway musical, which was based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel, which in turn, was inspired by the 1947 film “Down to Earth.”
Xanadu JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by
Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Script, music and all other material © 2010 iTheatrics Broadway Junior and MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection are trademarks.
See the line where the sky meets the sea? You’ll love this thrilling and heartwarming stage adaptation of the coming-of-age tale of Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. She and the demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as she learns to harness the power that lies within. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite songs by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” With its empowering message of bravery, Moana JR. is sure to awaken your inner hero!
Moana is a celebration of the rich stories of Oceania and is based on the beliefs and cultures of real people. In creating the original film, the producers at Disney Animation formed an Oceanic Trust. This group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from islands including Samoa, Tahiti, Mo’orea, and Fiji was integral in the creation of the film, providing feedback and notes on character design, song lyrics, and the depiction of culture onscreen. This respect and careful attention to detail was carried forward in the creation of Moana JR. for the stage. Materials for the show include information, research, and best practices for respectfully celebrating Oceanic culture.
Disney’s Moana JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY (212) 541-4684 mtishows.com
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One of the most common questions we get from participants is "what if I don't want to be on stage?" While we always encourage participants to try their hand at being on stage & singing and dancing with the rest of the cast, there are plenty of other roles & opportunities in the theatre world to make a show come to life.
We put together this blog post that highlights our recent Fendig Theatre Experience videos about other roles that are technical theatre opportunities. Watch the videos below to learn about stage managers, standbys, swings, sound designers, light designers, costume designers, scenic design, music directors, choreographers & more.
What roles do you wish you knew more about? Tell us in the comments below.
We would like to thank the Jasper Newton Foundation and Jasper County REMC Operation Roundup for their grants. In addition, we would like to thank Alliance Bank and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana for their donations. It is because of these organizations that we were able to continue our community outreach through theatre.
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