“Best of Broadway”

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Friday & Saturday, May 10-11 & 17-18, 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m.

$15 adults/$10 students & seniors

All ages

Truckee High School Auditorium

Truckee, Calif.

 

Colorful costumes, resounding voices and contagious songs are part of the hard work of 30 students as the Truckee High School Drama Club presents “Best of Broadway!”

“Since February, performers have been rehearsing to orchestrate what just might be their most challenging and rewarding performance yet – a compilation of songs and dances from great Broadway hits including “Chicago,” “A Chorus Line,” “Hair,” “Mama Mia,” “Rent,” “Spring Awakening” and other favorites,” shares Barbara Wilkinson, this year’s producer.

Highlights of the show include dancers from InnerRythms performing in a number of songs including “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.” Inner Rhythms’ director Elizabeth Archer is the choreographer for the musical.

The show’s vocal coach, Linda Saxton, youth program director at the Nevada Opera, brings more than 35 years of musical expertise to the production and costumes, designed by Jennifer Boehm, vary as the eras depicted in the various featured musicals.

 

“50 Shades of Bea”

Saturday, May 11

6:30 & 9:30 p.m.

$15 advance/$18 day of show

18 & older

Pioneer Underground

Reno, Nev.

 

“50 Shades of Bea” is a one-man musical comedy that pays homage to the fabulous Bea Arthur. This night of domination with America’s most opinionated Golden Girl stars the talented Adam Whitney as Bea Arthur. The show features fabulous musical numbers, standup comedy and storytelling. In true Arthur fashion, “50 Shades of Bea” promises to be a fun-filled night that will make you laugh in your nooks and crannies.

Whitney has been an actor, singer and dancer in the Northern Nevada area for more than 15 years. He has toured extensively and was most recently seen as Wilbur Turnblad in Eldorado’s “Hairspray.” He also has worked as an actor, director, choreographer and costumer at Brüka Theatre, as well as other Northern Nevada theaters for more than a decade.

Adam Whitney and Sandra Brunell Neace, who also directs, wrote the musical.

 

Thrive

Sunday, May 12

10 p.m.

Free

21 & older

MontBleu Resort

Stateline, Nev.

 

Hybrid reggae/rock band Thrive is pioneering a unique sound in that ever-growing genre of music. In a world where materialistic and careless attitudes prevail, Thrive is carving a positive, new musical niche within multiple musical markets.

With founders Aaron Borowitz (lead vocals/guitar) and Kenny Rogers (lead vocals/drums) building the foundation for the band, they are now joined with seasoned saxophonist and vocalist Scott Schipper, bassist Andrew Forgy and most recently multi-instrumentalist talent Matt Masih on keyboards and vocals.

“We’ve worked hard to maintain our originality,” says Borowitz, who founded the group in early 2008.

Much like most bands, they perform their own versions through the styles of music they choose to listen to, which vary between band members. Elements of rock, reggae, blues, jazz, pop and everything else are infused into the music to create the sound, which shares positive lyrics, precise music