The whimsical “Xanadu” rolls through Aspinwall’s Allegheny RiverTrail Park


A musical fantasy with radiant costumes – on wheels – will transform the stage at Allegheny RiverTrail Park for an out-of-this-world rendition of “Xanadu.”

The young artists of the Riverfront Theater Company will transport the public to the disco era of 1980 for the adventure of roller skating. It will be presented at 7 p.m. from August 3 to 6 at Aspinwall Park.

“I think audiences can expect an unforgettable experience full of heart and humor,” said Tyler Drum, a recent graduate of Fox Chapel Area, who landed the role of Danny Maguire.

Like a real theater in the park, performances will take place outdoors. Tickets start at $25 and are available at

“Xanadu” is a Tony-nominated show that follows the adventures of a struggling artist in Venice Beach, California, who falls in love with a Greek muse who descends from the skies of Mount Olympus. The storylines teach perseverance and self-confidence, while rolling to a hit score that’s brimming with upbeat, upbeat melodies.

“I’m very excited for the songs I’m going to sing as Danny Maguire because I think they’ll all be great,” said Drum, 18, who first caught the acting bug in production. from “Les Miserables” by Fox Chapel Area. .”

The cast includes 20 young artists from across the region, representing 13 school districts. There are several Fox Chapel Area students, including Vie Filar, Grace Gouwens, Kris Pizzella, and Sophia Rike.

Other schools include Falk, Ellis, Woodland Hills, North Allegheny, CAPA, Hampton, Peters Township, Shaler Area, Lincoln Park Performing Arts, Westinghouse Arts Academy, Riverview, and Oakland Catholic.

At 15, Piper Redford is already a veteran of the scene. A sophomore at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Redford has been acting since he was six years old. The electrifying and energetic “Xanadu” will be his 35th show.

“I’m excited because I can show off a lot of my skills like roller skating, tap dancing and using accents,” she said.

The show is directed by longtime local comedian Jim Froehlich and choreographed by Jenna Bowman.

Travis Rigby, music teacher at the Westinghouse Arts Academy, serves as musical director. For the past 12 years he has worked as a musical director, conductor or performer in many capacities. Her first show with Riverfront Theater Company was “Company” earlier this year.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing family now,” he said. “The energy levels of the cast are off the charts and they’ll have everyone laughing. Our creative team is fantastic, really well balanced, and they all bring the show to life in different ways.

Rigby said audiences can expect a stellar cast of students.

“They brought 100% to every rehearsal and they always amazed me how quickly they can learn music as well as their attention to detail,” he said.

“If you closed your eyes and listened to them sing, you would never know they were children.”

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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