The Ashland Community and Technical College Drama Club will present From Broadway to Hollywood Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 and Friday to Sunday, April 20 to 22, in the J.B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m.
The musical is a showcase of college and high school student talent, and it features the best of musical theatre from Oklahoma! to the present.
Songs are presented through a series of vignettes showing a day in the lives of people affected by the entertainment industry. Leading characters include two young upcoming Broadway performers, an aging Hollywood actress, Broadway theatre critic, Hollywood movie star and a former Broadway chorus member now selling papers in Times Square.
The cast includes ACTC Theatre majors John Freeman and Michael Seagraves from Ashland and Aaron Pennington from Fort Gay, WV; Anna Baker, a Kentucky Christian University student from Catlettsburg; Alex Lewis and Aaron Lewis, Paul Blazer High School students from Ashland; and Chace McKenzie, a Morehead State University junior from Ashland.
The production was written in 1998 for ACTC Summer Musical Theatre presentations by Edward Figgins, ACTC Director of Theatre and Associate Professor of Theatre and Communications. He recently updated the musical to include medleys from Disney, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Frank Wilhorn productions.
Songs include Popular from Wicked, Bless the Lord from Godspell, I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, Somewhere from West Side Story, Circle of Life from The Lion King, With One Look from Sunset Boulevard and People from Funny Girl.
Figgins is the director. Max Jackson, ACTC professor Emeritus, and Karen Curnutte, ACTC Childrens Theatre Director, are handling the music and vocals. Lynette Muncy is the production choreographer. Paula Krepsik, ACTC Theatre Costume Designer, is the costumer. Roger Hagley, ACTC interactive TV Facilitator, is the sound designer.
From Broadway to Hollywood is being produced by the Drama Club to give theatre students additional performance and backstage experience.
Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more; and $2 for ACTC and MSU-Ashland students. Tickets may be reserved with major credit card through the College bookstore, 606-326-2014. Unsold tickets will be available at the door for payment by cash or check (with photo ID).
For more information, call the ACTC Theatre Office at 606-326-2073.