The Great American Melodrama has set the world premiere of its new musical comedy for Thursday.
Set on the Central Coast, "The Karaoke Kid" is a musical parody of classic 1980s movies like "The Karate Kid." It features new versions of classic rock and pop songs, with a script by artistic director Dan Schultz.
“We are thrilled to share 'The Karaoke Kid' with our summer audience," the author said. "It’s the prefect show for people who like big laughs and great music.”
"The Karaoke Kid" is the story of Daniel Mancuso, played by Mike Fiore. After he and his mom relocate to Pismo Beach from the East Coast, Daniel just doesn’t fit in. He has no friends, no car and he’s bullied by the cool kids at school.
Rather than fighting to solve problems, the kids in Pismo battle -- karaoke battle. There’s just one problem: Daniel can’t sing. He meets a mysterious old master, Mrs. Muskogee (Sierra Wells), who trains him in the ancient art of karaoke.
Along the way, Daniel falls in love with the popular girl (Rachel Tietz) and starts finding his voice. Can he overcome his fears and win the Five Cities Karaoke Contest?
The family-friendly show pays tribute to '80s and '90s music. Schultz also directs. Lyrics are by Colleen Perry, choreography by Zach Johnson and musical direction by Kevin Lawson.
Following each performance of "The Karaoke Kid" is the Melodrama’s new vaudeville revue, "The Great Outdoors." The revue features comedy sketches and songs all about camping, hiking and making your way in the natural world. The revue is directed by Suzy Newman, with musical direction by Kevin Lawson.
"The Karaoke Kid" and the "Great Outdoors Vaudeville Revue" will be performed from June 15 through Sept. 16. Showtimes are Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6 pm. Beginning July 13, these shows will run in repertory with "The Tavern" and begin playing on alternate nights.
Tickets are $20 to $27, with discounts available for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Melodrama Box Office, at 805-489-2499, or visit www.americanmelodrama.com.
The Great American Melodrama is located on Highway 1 in Oceano, just three miles south of Pismo Beach. The Melodrama has been providing professional family entertainment on the Central Coast since 1975.