Circle Players open their 60th season with this iconic (maybe, by now, even retro) 80s story made famous through film and a rather popular television show. The stage versions musical score doesnt exactly match the movies, though a few original tunes survive. Yet the tale of students at New York Citys legendary High School for Performing Arts essentially remains intact, tracing their four-year journey to excel at their art while dealing with emotionally charged adolescent issues. Tim Larson, who has lately been directing quality stuff at Nashvilles oldest community theater, oversees the staging, which features plenty of multistylistic dancing under the guidance of choreographer Kate Adams-Johnson. The company has also tapped members of Music City Salsa, an established ensemble with national cred, to perform in key scenes. The energetic cast of 24led by Brentwood Academys Faith Kelmis comprised of high schoolers, college students and recent grads, plus a few community theater players, including Circle vets David Arnold, Cat Eberwine and Hannah McGinley. Oasis Center, the local non-profit organization that assists youths at risk, will benefit from a portion of ticket sales on Thursday nights. The show is rated PG-13.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: July 24. Continues through Aug. 9, 2009