Liva Arts Company travels into past

Latrice Smith
Arts & Life
Correspondent

The University’s Liva Arts Company will open its latest musical, “Back to the ‘80s,” on Nov. 13.

The musical is told through the eyes of Cory Palmer, the main character played by Chris Mays. Palmer is reminiscing on his high school days, which take place in the ‘80s. The show follows Palmer and the antics of his senior year, from the election of his senior class president to his interactions with his love interest Tiffany Houston, played by Tara Demko, and his constant competition with the coolest guy in school, Michael Feldman, played by Ian Weir.

The musical includes various dance and singing numbers to some of the most popular songs of the ‘80s such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper and “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins.

Actor Caitlyn Gilby said that the audience members, both young and old, will be able to connect with this musical.

“Everyone in the audience should expect to want to get up and dance themselves by the end. The show is bright and happy and has a ton of comedy and drama that everyone has experienced during their high school years,” Gilby said.

Jonathan McNamee, director of the musical, said they are going to start off this season with an amazing show.

“This show is just a total blast from the beginning of the show to the end that all age groups can enjoy,” McNamee said.

Liva’s performance of this energetic musical will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 14, and at both 2 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Elm Park U.M. Church. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

 

Nov. 6, 2014

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