Xavier Players, University Singers bringing back past with 'Totally 80s Snow Ball'

Original interactive show set during high school winter dance, includes big hair, music, hors d'oeuvres, mix of characters | December 1, 2006

Dig out your skinny ties, shoulder pads, scrunchies and hair gel for "Totally 80's Snow Ball," an interactive show performed by the Xavier Players and University Singers, Dec. 7-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Xavier Armory. The show is set during a 1980’s high school winter dance, complete with band, hors d'oeuvres and big hair where the audience is part of the action.

The mix of characters from the fictional Franciscan North High School includes fiery Rita, the "Spanish Fury," to the friendly Principal Father Dan O'Sullivan.

“Interactive improvisation is the most difficult and most intimate form of acting—deceptively simple because you must completely inhabit your character through an entire evening nose to nose with your audience,” explains Cathy Springfield, Xavier's director for performing arts.

Xavier Players have had some experience with this style of interactive drama having performed "Tony and Tina’s Wedding." Springfield says what has made that show a success is a carefully created story arc, back stories and actors never breaking character and persistently getting information out to the audience.

“We decided to create our own version with the considerable talents of the University Singers as our centerpiece performing a live, all 80s, choreographed concert to which the Players would add the story line and encourage the audience to participate,” says Springfield.

Tickets are $5 for students, seniors and Xavier faculty and staff; $15 for all others. Tickets are available by calling the Players box office at 513 745-3939.