The Musical’ – Chico Enterprise-Record
The Chico Inspire School of Arts and Sciences will present a production of “Grand Hotel: The Musical” from February 25-27 at the Paradise Performing Arts Center in Paradise.
Set in Berlin, Germany during the height of the 1920s, the musical follows the story of six visitors to the illustrious Grand Hotel whose lives intersect and unfold over the course of a single weekend. At the time, the world was between two wars and the economy was booming.
“It just felt like it was time to do something Charleston — 1920s, Roaring 20s, and we stumbled upon the show and were really excited about it,” production manager Jarrah Myles said. “There’s all kinds of fun dancing, great songs, a full orchestra with those classic 1920s jazz melodic lines.”
Inspire students have been working on the production since the start of the school year, conducting research to create costumes and sets based on the period. Myles said the show gives students a chance to hone their skills for bigger productions.
“The students did tons of research on the 1920s design. All the costumes are original design and all the sets are original design to fit the era,” Myles said.
The musical is based on the 1989 Broadway version of the book written by Luther Davis, which is based on Vicki Baum’s original 1929 novel.
“It’s a bit darker than your average show. It’s got really mature storylines and it gives them something more advanced to work on,” Myles said. orchestrate, sing, play, dance; all at a pre-professional level.
The school will host a special fundraising opening night on February 25 called “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” where attendees are encouraged to dress up in a 1920s theme for a costume contest. The fundraiser will also have a silent auction, photo booth, backstage tours and feature specialty drinks.
Tickets for the Feb. 25 opening night will be $50 and doors open at 6:15 p.m. at the Paradise Performing Arts Center located at 777 Nunneley Rd, Paradise, which can be reached at 530-872-8454.
Additional screenings are Feb. 26 at 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; and February 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $16 for adults and $10 for children under 13 and can be found at https://www.inspirechico.org/event/inspires-grand-hotel-the-musical/.