Friday, November 18, 2011

Not Just Any High School Musical

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM

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If you missed last night's opening performance of Scarlet Pimpernel at Leo Rich Theatre (260 S. Church Ave.), you are in luck. The show, performed by Desert Christian High School students, continues tonight and tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. There are matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Deemed "Broadway's Most Intriguing Musical," the show "tells an intriguing tale of blood lust, heroism, and feats of derring-do, but above all, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a love story—passionate and moving, yet also humorous and inspiring," says Desert Christian musical director Cathy Simon.

Tickets are $20 to $25 online at www.desertchristian.org. Here's more info from a press release:

With more than 100 cast and crew members required to mount a full production of the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel,’ Desert Christian High School, whose student body numbers less than 200, has its work cut out for it. However, like the show’s hero at the battlefront, fearless musical director Cathy Simon, forges ahead undaunted, “To commemorate Desert Christian’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I wanted to present something sensational, something original and, as always, something challenging to the students. We are thrilled to be to be the first organization in Tucson to produce this wonderful Tony Award-nominated musical.”

'The Scarlet Pimpernel' is a riveting action adventure set during the French Revolution’s infamous ‘Reign of Terror.’ Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton's musical adaptation of Duchess Orszy's classic story features a cast of unforgettable characters, particularly the title’s hero, which introduced modern-day audiences to the concept of “the masked crusader." A captivating musical score, elaborate costumes, and multiple sets transport audiences back to the 18th century, from the fashionable courts of England to the grisly guillotine of war torn France.

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