MAR 24 – APR 16

Act I: 64 min | Act II: 33 min


Adult $31
College/Educator $21
Youth $15

What’s a nice Greek Muse from heaven doing in 1980’s Venice (California)? Romantic roller-skating! Yes, it’s the cult hit musical Xanadu. This hilarious spoof of the Olivia Newton-John movie goes nostalgic on big hair, shoulder pads, leg warmers, ruthless business, and music from the Electric Light Orchestra.


Clio/Kira: Caitlin Ellis, Sarah Beth Ganey
Sonny: Joey Panek
Melpomene: Alyssa Goudy
Calliope: Jamie Becker
Danny: Ken Basque
Thalia: Charlotte Crowley
Erato: Brenna Griffith
Terpsichore/Young Danny: Tanner Fults
Euterpre: Julie Kulin
Ensemble/Head Skater: Kristin Collins


Pinkerton Theatre

At Venice Theatre
140 Tampa Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285


Located inside our main building on the west side. Seating is general admission

Vanessa Russo

Vanessa Russo *


VANESSA RUSSO has been having an exciting professional Musical Theatre career as a Choreographer, Dancer and Performer. Born and raised in Sarasota, FL, some professional credits include: BILLY ELLIOT (First National Tour), BILLY ELLIOT (Amsterdam), WEST SIDE STORY (Asian/European Tour), OKLAHOMA! (First National Tour), Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Feature Film: (Across The Universe), among others. She has choreographed for the following: St. Pete Opera, MPAC, Sarasota Players, CANDance, and Sarasota Academy of the Arts.

Katrina Ploof

Katrina Ploof


In the past 35 years Katrina has directed, choreographed and coached over 200 productions in the US and Canada including the world premiere of T.K. Lee’s Paper Thin and the regional premieres of Tectonic Theatre Project’s groundbreaking work, The Laramie Project. Other productions include works by Chekov, Shaw, Sondheim, Ibsen, Wilder, Wasserstein and McNally. She has been adjudicating festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada for over 20 years. Katrina is also a published playwright, and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Laboratory since 2000.

Michelle Neal

Michelle Neal

Music Director

Michelle was born and raised in Florida and has lent her hand as a Music Director and pit performer for various theaters. Some of her favorite experiences and shows include West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Yank! A WWII Love Story, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Funny Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Let it Be, and Jersey Boys (aboard the Norwegian Bliss!) You can also catch her as a cocktail pianist and singer, playing piano for the Florida Studio Theatre Improv, singing and performing on piano for various churches, teaching a children’s show choir, giving private piano and voice lessons, and spending time with the love of her life and fiancé, Corey! Michelle is incredibly excited for audiences to enjoy the hilarious and very talented cast of Xanadu, appreciate the top-notch production value from the incomparable VT staff, performance crew, and creative team, and to fall in love with the comedic, beautiful music of THE Electric Light Orchestra!!

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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Tom & Shelley Devine, Devine's Wine Bar

Beth & Jack Gehring in Memory of Barbara Bluhm