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March 10, 2010 > Theatre Preview: Aida

Theatre Preview: Aida

Submitted By Alicia Jones

Irvington High School's Center for the Creative Arts, in conjunction with Ohlone College, is pleased to announce its spring musical production of Elton John and Tim Rice's soft-rock musical Aida. This timeless love story is an adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi's majestic opera of the same name, updated in the modern pop style and formula of a Disney musical through the collaboration of the songwriting team of Elton John and Tim Rice.

Prepare to be transported back to ancient Egypt at the Valhalla Theatre March 12 - 27, where two star-crossed lovers struggle against palace intrigue, treason, and conflicting loyalties to overcome the cultural differences that threaten to separate them forever. The entire show is a beautiful vocal masterpiece. The cast includes: Aida (Katherine Dela Cruz) a Nubian princess, Radames (James M. Jones) as her lover, Amneris (Allison D'Ambrosio) Pharaoh's daughter. Other character roles are Zoser (Trevor Meyer) Radames father, Mereb (Dominic Hernandez) Nubian servant to Radames, Pharaoh (Danny Carpenter), and Amonasaro (Kevin MacPherson) Aida's father. All character roles listed are graduating seniors.

The 2010 musical will showcase forty-two actors/dancers/chorus, twenty-two musicians (conducted by Charlie Rodda) and fifteen production crew members. Every high school in Fremont is represented in our FUSD Arts Magnet production of Aida. This show is under the direction of Linda Jackson-Whitmore, with vocal direction by Daina Joly, choreography by Lauren Benjamin, costume designers Elizabeth Whitaker and Evan Boomer, and set designers Fred Alim and Beth Zeigler.

March 12 to March 27
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
March 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinees
March 14, 21
2:00 p.m.

Special Events:
ASL Interpreted Performance, Saturday March 13
Half Price Nights on Thursdays, March 18 and 25

Irvington High School
Valhalla Theatre
41800 Blacow Road, Fremont

Opening Night Performance - all seats $10
$15.00/General reserved, $12.00/Seniors and children 12 and under
$10.00/students w/ASB cards (sold at door)

For more information or to order tickets call 510-656-5711 x46423 or visit

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