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News Release

Xanadu Opens at The Lynn Theatre March 24

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on March 15, 2017

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – The community is invited to travel back to 1980 where they will meet Kira, a Greek muse, and Sonny, a struggling artist, in the musical fantasy Xanadu. In Xanadu, Kira descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California on a quest to inspire Sonny to achieve the greatest creation of all time – the first roller disco. The plot takes a turn when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny. Her jealous sisters then get involved, and chaos abounds. Written by Douglas Carter Beane, with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), Xanadu is sure to get you smiling, and possibly, singing.

The Lynn Theatre at John Tyler Community College is presenting six performances of Xanadu in March and April. The shows will be held:

  • Friday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. After the March 26 performance, audience members are invited to stick around and enjoy a free improv show by Tyler’s in-house performance company, The Improvables.
  • Friday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. The April 1 performance is also Alumni Night, which will feature a special reception for John Tyler alumni after the show, held as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.
  • Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets to Xanadu are $10. Admission is free for John Tyler students who have a valid student ID. Tickets may be purchased online at or at The Lynn Theatre Box Office. The Box Office will open an hour prior to curtain, and the house will open 30 minutes before show time. Arrive early for the best seats.

The Lynn Theatre is located in the T Building at John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian Campus, located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway. Parking is free. For directions to the Midlothian Campus or for a map of the campus, go to

To learn more about The Lynn Theatre, visit To learn more about the Theatre Program at John Tyler Community College or to find out more about the upcoming performance of Xanadu, contact Kerrigan Sullivan, professor of communication studies and theatre, at 804-594-1498 or

John Tyler Community College, celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to Central Virginia, is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers affordable, quality programs for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,100 students during the 2015-16 academic year, offers more than 60 majors, including associate degrees and certificates. The institution also serves more than 12,000 non-credit trainees and over 900 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance.

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