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Schoolhouse Theater to get down with 1970s show

By Staff | Jun 23, 2010

Kevin T. Murphy, Geoffrey Nelson, Samantha Rotella, Gina Gloria and Lexie Dorsett will be starring in the Schoolhouse Theater’s light-hearted “The 70’s Show”. The show opens Saturday, June 26 and is running Wednesday and Saturday nights until Aug. 14.

An oil slick in the gulf, challenging economy, unrelenting heat and political woes can put a damper on the carefree days of summer.

Alas there might not be a magic pill for any of these complex problems and issues.

But the Herb Strauss Theater has a way to forget about the strife and problems in the form of a bubbly musical production about the 1970s.

The Schoolhouse Theater is featuring “The 70s Show”, a light-hearted romp through an era known for self-expression, women’s empowerment, independence and carefree living. The 1970s – filled with the roiling turmoil of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights movement – stirred up the music of the Bee Gees, Motown and edgier rock music.

To highlight this time of hard rock music, disco and Motown, the Schoolhouse Theater will be performing pieces from Abba, disco-style music, Captain and Tennille and the Jackson 5.

“It’s pretty much the 1970’s wrapped in a tight package,” said Victor Legarreta, the creative director for the Schoolhouse Theater.

“The 70s Show” opens Saturday, June 26 and is running Wednesday and Saturday nights until Aug. 14.

Afros, bell bottom pants will all take center stage as the Schoolhouse Theater cast work to bring patrons on the journey back to the 1970s.

“It’s going to be very upbeat,” Legarreta said.

Songs like “Night Fever”, “Proud Mary” and “Dancin’ Queen” are on the list to be performed.

The show is designed to bring people back into the heart of 1970s musical era.

“People are going to laugh because they’re going to remember,” said Miguel Cintron, the drummer for the performance.

Cintron said the show will be filled with fun dance tunes as well as soulful pieces by Motown singers such as Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.

“As a musician I like something that has true musicianship,” Cintron said.

But perhaps what Cintron is looking forward to most during the upcoming performance is the joy to be generated as folks get a chance to relive their own personal history in the 1970s.

“As a drummer I can see the reaction of the crowd,” Cintron said. “You can see that memory register in their eyes.”

Lexie Dorsett, Gina Gloria, Samantha Rotella, Kevin T. Murphy and Geoffrey Nelson star in the musical revue under the direction of Legaretta and musical director Sarah Lawing.

Opening night will have a special pre-show reception so patrons are encouraged to buy tickets in advance since opening nights at The Schoolhouse tend to sell out.

“80s to the Max” is still playing at the Schoolhouse Theater as well. This family-oriented musical contains hits like “Love Shack”, “Footloose”, “Material Girl” and many, many more! “80s to the Max” runs Tuesday and Thursdays until Aug.12.

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Summer prices are in effect so adult tickets are $25 and children are $10. All performances are at 7 p.m. To make a reservation or request more information call the Box Office at 472-6862 or visit their website at www.TheSchoolhouseTheater.com