La Mirada Theatre Presents FLOYD COLLINS, Now thru 4/13

La Mirada Theatre Presents FLOYD COLLINS, Now thru 4/13

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is thrilled to present a remarkable musical about dreamers and hope, FLOYD COLLINS, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, book and additional lyrics by Tina Landau, musical direction by David O and directed by Richard Israel. FLOYD COLLINS will preview tonight, March 27 and tomorrow, March 28 and runs through Sunday, April 13, 2014, live "ONSTAGE" at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Get up close and personal with the new ONSTAGE series at La Mirada Theatre! An intimate theatre experience has been created by placing 199 audience seats on the actual stage of the theatre which will be filled with this incredible award-winning musical AND the audience. Join La Mirada for this extraordinary new series which allows you to be as close as you can to the performance! Seating is VERY limited - 199 seats all on the La Mirada stage. Last year's inaugural ONSTAGE production of SPRING AWAKENING was nominated for 7 Ovation Awards!

With a large cast and live musicians, feel the adventure of Floyd Collins's dream of fame and fortune as he is trapped in a narrow cave 200 feet below the surface. See how his goal of creating a tourist attraction becomes a reality, with him as the main attraction. With music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) and book and lyrics by innovative theatre artist Tina Landau, this haunting musical, which won a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Obie Award when it premiered in New York, tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer.

In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when he got trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into the first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the property, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath.

RICHARD ISRAEL (Director)'s recent directing credits include Kiss Me Kate for Cabrillo Music Theatre, the west coast premiere of The Burnt Part Boys for Third Street Theatre, Dead Man's Cell Phone for ICT, and the multiple Ovation nominated Having It All for the Laguna Playhouse. Prior to these productions, he directed The Full Monty and Falsettos (both for Third Street Theatre), Once Upon A Mattress for Cabrillo, Avenue Q for DOMA Theatre Company and Gypsy for West Coast Ensemble Theatre (L.A. Weekly Award Nominations for Directing and Outstanding Musical). Other credits include Meet Me In St. Louis for Musical Theatre West, Leading Ladies for ICT, A Christmas Carol and A Grand Night for Singing (both for the Norris Theatre) and Bell, Book and Candle for The Colony Theatre, as well the critically acclaimed west coast premiere of Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins for West Coast Ensemble Theatre. He has directed several staged readings for the Musical Theatre Guild and for the ASCAP/Festival of New Musicals, including Violet, High Fidelity, Dani Girl and Rocket Science. Richard is recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Career Achievement Award for Directing and is a proud member of SDC.

DAVID O (Musical Director) returns to La Mirada Theatre, after musically directing both The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and "Little Shop of Horrors". David's other musical direction credits include the world premieres of Sleepless in Seattle: the Musical, 13, Toy Story: the Musical, and the West Coast premieres of See What I Wanna See and The Wild Party. Many young Angelenos and their parents know David as "The Professor" from his six years of performing with "Summersounds at the Hollywood Bowl". David's critically-acclaimed compositions include "A Map of Los Angeles" (LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall), the soundtrack for "Bronies: the Completely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony", and his Ovation Award-winning score for "Ubu Roi". Other awards include multiple LA Weekly, Garland and LADCC Awards, and the LADCC Joel Hirschhorn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.

The cast of FLOYD COLLINS will feature Mark Whitten as Floyd Collins, Kim Huber as Nellie Collins, Victoria Strong as Miss Jane and will also feature Gary Lee Reed, Jay Donnell, Matt Magnusson, Larry Lederman, Jonah Platt, Josey McCoy, Joe Hart, Michael Haller, Zach Spound and Michael Byrne.

The design team for FLOYD COLLINS is as follows: The Scenic Design is by Rich Rose. The Lighting Design is by Lisa D. Katz. The Costume Design is by Kara McLeod. The Sound Design is by Josh Bessom. The Prop Coordinator is Terry Hanrahan. The Casting Director is Julia Flores. The Stage Manager is Donna Parsons.

Performances of FLoyd Collins will be 7:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8:00pm on Saturdays; 2pm and 7pm on Sundays (with no performance on Sunday, April 13 at 7pm).

Tickets range from $20 - $60 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student and Senior discounts are available.

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is now in its fourth decade. This beautiful state-of-the-art theatre has been producing quality productions for its Southern California audiences since 1977. The theatre has produced several national tours and is the recipient of many accolades including Ovation and Emmy Awards and Tony Award nominations. Brian Kite is the theatre's Producing Artistic Director.

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