OREM — The musical hit "Xanadu" gives a whole new depth of meaning to the "Break a leg" phrase meant to wish a performer good luck.
For the cast members on roller skates in the Hale Center Theater Orem production, it means staying in control on the postage stamp-size stage.
It also means working on the skating for hours between rehearsals at the local Classic Skating rink.
"We have a little system," director Chris Clark said. "If you fall, you get a doughnut. We've gone through a lot of doughnuts!"
That's because not only is the leading lady on roller skates but the entire cast dons the wheels for the roller disco finale.
"It's just yucky because the space is so small," Clark said. "There's no room for error."
Clark said he even tried the skates so he could appreciate what his cast members are dealing with.
"I was horrible on them. I feel their pain," he said.
But despite the mobility challenges, "Xanadu" promises to be a delightful, exciting show, Clark said. "It's colorful. It's just so much fun. It's very family-friendly. I've been taking my kids with me to rehearsals."
"Xanadu," relatively new to the theater world, is based on a movie starring Olivia Newton-John and recently popular on Broadway as a stage show.
"We're the first ones to do it down here," Clark said.
Kate Bailey and Delaney Westfall share the lead role of Kira, the Australian muse who helps a chalk artist rediscover his gift. Darick Pead and David Holmes share the male lead role of the discouraged artist known as Sonny.
The music is lively, written by the Electric Light Orchestra, and will be familiar to those who lived through the 1980s, Clark said. Plus, there are new songs added to the Broadway version.
If you go:
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North
When: Opens Feb. 23 with preview shows Feb. 17, 18, 20, 21, through April 7
Tickets: 801-226-8600 or www.halecenter.org