SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Viking Road is soon to become the way to "42nd Street" with the first student performance to take the stage at the new Viking Theatre at South Tahoe High School's Tahoe Arts and Design Academy.
For those who want to experience the big bold musical production of 42nd Street, the curtain rises at 7 p.m., Dec. 9-10, and Dec. 17. Matinee performances will be held at 3 p.m., Dec. 11 and 18. Tickets are on sale at South Tahoe High School's Associated Student Body office at $5 for students; $10 for attendees older than 65 and $15 for general admission.
Directed by Liz Niven, "42nd Street" is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love all set in 1933. It's a celebration of Broadway dreams and the people involved in shows.
The story revolves around the big Broadway director Julian Marsh, played by Jack Percival, and the songwriters played by Isaac Mirzadegan and Ashley Wallick. All of whom are in the process of putting on a brand new musical called "Pretty Lady" starring Dorothy Brock, played by Shelby Osborne and Billy Lawlor, played by Alec Niven.
The focus moves to an aspiring chorus girl, Peggy Sawyer, played by Courtney Reese, and takes us along her journey. Musical hits include "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames," "I Know Now," "We're In the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and "42nd Street."
The show requires a high level preparation with regard to the dancing skills.
"In all my years of producing shows this is the most intense level I've seen with the students working very hard on their dances," said choreographer Marcia Sarosik.
Bob Grant is the Musical Director, Casson Scowcroft is the Orchestra Conductor, and Drake Niven is the Technical Director.
The show includes a bevy of energetic chorus dancers and singers led by Dillon Daggs, Jessica Robberson, Lindsey Weik, and Riley Chapman and includes lively tap dances and production numbers. Rounding out the play is Mac by Emery Mulligan, Pat Denning by Preston Quick and Abner Dillon by Keanu Rodriguez-Valencia.
The Performing Arts Booster Association (PABA) will host a special fundraising event 'Stars Night Out' with an exclusive showing at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. The event will be catered by STHS Culinary Arts with appetizers, drinks, silent auction and entertainment in the Tahoe Arts and Design Academy Lobby. Tickets are available for $40 at LTUSD Ed. Center and on event night at STHS TADA lobby. The Stars Night Out silent auction will feature Christmas gift items such as jewelry, goodie baskets, framed photography, and more (cash or check only). There will be a special dessert and coffee served at intermission.