North Central Returns To The 80’s With Rock Of Ages Musical

North Central Musical Announcement

The setting begins in the late 80’s as an aspiring rocker, Drew (Zac Turner) works as a busboy in the trademark Hollywood club The Bourbon Room, run by Lonny (Kaleb Faler) and owned by Dennis Dupree (Nathan Traxler). Keeping the club running smoothly are their “rocker” waitresses (Kayla Votaw, Erin Ryan) and barbacks (Brock Zuver, Michael Pryslak). Drew falls instantly for the new girl, Sherrie (Heather McConnaughey), who arrives from Kansas hoping to make it big in acting. After being hired by the club, Sherrie accepts Drew’s invitation to go on a picnic. There, he mistakenly suggests that the two are just friends. Later, at the Bourbon Room, ladies’ man and lead for the band Arsenal, Stacee Jaxx (Kaleb Geiser), is interviewed for a popular magazine by Constance (Aleea Lonabarger) before playing one of the band’s last gigs. Stacee instantly hits it off with Sherrie. Subsequently, Drew also proves his musical ability in the club and is chosen to be the opener for Stacee and his band.

Meanwhile, German city developers, Hilda (Allyson Hutchison) and her son Franz (Josh Roesener), convince the city’s Mayor (Alyssa Swank) to abandon the “rock-n-roll” lifestyle of the Sunset Strip to introduce “clean living” into the area. It is revealed that the clubs will be torn down in the process, much to the anger of the Mayor’s city planner, Anita (Makayla Hayes), who rallies her protestors (Tristen Tomblin, Cady VanDeVoorde, Megan Laney, Kelsie Beres, Jessi Cummins, Kelsie Sutton).

Eventually, Drew tells Sherrie about his anger when she left him for Stacee. After an argument ensues, Sherrie announces that she had actually liked Drew but is now over him. Sherrie then sees through Stacee’s uncaring nature. By this point, Drew’s rocker image has been changed to that of “boy band” status by his new record producer Ja’Keith (Josh Bailey). Eventually, an upset Sherrie meets Justice (Makayla Rizor), the owner of another nearby club called The Venus. Justice can relate to Sherrie’s story and offers her a new job at her dance club.

When Stacee arrives at The Venus, he is pleased to see Sherrie now working there, though Sherrie is not happy to see Stacee! Drew also arrives to admit his feelings to Sherrie, but becomes disheartened when he sees what appears to be the two enjoying each other’s company way too much.

Others rounding out the cast include Isaiah Livensparger, Alyssa Shipman, Steven Williams, Kirsten Helinski, Peggy Michael, Madyson Bonney, Layne Cogswell, Stephanie Loney and Sidney McKarns. Helping out as student directors are Dakota Wiseman, Bethy Winters and Brock Zuver. Taking the helm as sound and light crews are Dakota Pitts, Nick Henry, Derek Morris, and Josh Wehrle. Other crew members include Jessica Cheesbro and Payton Taylor.

The amazing production team of adults giving generously of their time include Dustin Campbell, Marcia Geiser, Kendra Ely, Dave Deetz, Rich Meyers, Travis Creek, Linda Cochran, Julie Taylor, Ashley Kimpel, and Jaymie Lashaway along with band members Sharon Deetz, Paul and Joy Gruetter and Joe House.

Will Sherrie and Drew ever admit their true feelings? Will the Sunset Strip be saved? Will Stacee continue to lead his band Arsenal, and will Anita find true love? Join us April 22-24 to find out and be ready to rock to original 80’s music by Poison, Night Ranger, Jefferson Starship, Styx, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Quiet Riot, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon, Journey and many more.

This year the annual spring show will take place at Quality Inn and Suites (North Atrium) located in Holiday City. Shows will be held April 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. The April 24 show will be presented at 2:30 p.m. General admission ticket prices run from $4 (students and senior citizens) to $8 (adults). General admission tickets may be ordered at any time and will be available at the door. Payment must be included with ticket order. For more details, please email , call 419.737.3403 or visit


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