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Rock of Ages

Trustus Theatre brings the hit musical Rock of Ages by Chris D’Arienzo to the Thigpen Main Stage this summer. Showing from June 2 – July 1, 2017, this show brings chart-topping 1980s hair-band tunes together for a musical where the audience will be singing along all evening. Tickets may be purchased at www.trustus.org, or by calling the Trustus Box Office at (803) 254-9732.

By the end of the 1980s,Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip has definitely seen it’s better days. The sex, drugs and rock and roll scene has been raging hard but the fairytale is about to be shattered, as those at the storied Bourbon Room venue are well aware. German developers have come to town and they’re not leaving until they have thrown out the wild party venues and implemented a more “clean living” atmosphere along the Strip. Drew, resident toilet cleaner, is waiting for his chance to take the stage at the Bourbon Room while he chases after Sherrie, a small-town girl who has just moved to Hollywood with stars in her eyes. Will Drew get his big break on stage? Will he get the girl? Will all chaos break loose in an effort to save the Strip? Travel back to the 1980s with Rock of Ages to see if Drew, Sherrie and the gang can save the Strip – and themselves – before it’s too late.

The book was written by Chris D’Arienzo and the musical is directed by Trustus Company Member Dewey Scott-Wiley (Rent, Hair, Reefer Madness The Musical). Music direction is by Trustus Company Member Christopher Cockrell (The Rocky Horror Show, American Idiot) and and Columbia dance artist Monessa Salley of TO Dance Inc. makes her choreographic debut with this production. Rock of Ages features music by Journey, Styx, REO Speedwago, Pat Benetar, Poison, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Night Ranger, and many more.

Trustus Theatre’s Artistic Director and Rock of Ages cast member, Chad Henderson, had this to say about the show: “There are so many out there who are nostalgic for the 80s, and the songs from that decade continue to burn holes in our heads. Rock of Ages is a self-aware musical comedy that pokes fun at the rock personalities and pop culture of the time. It’s a show about dreamers and dreams. It’s a show about how art can serve us more than shopping malls and other capitalist fare. It’s a show about standing up for what you believe in. When you wrap all of those things into one production, you have a very positive evening in the theatre that will put a smile on your face. Trust us – it’s just plain fun.”

Rock of Ages will run from June 2 – July 1, 2017 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Trustus Theatre Box Office at (803) 254-9732 or online at trustus.org. Opening night is Friday, June 2, at 8pm. The performances following are on Saturday, June 3, at 8pm; Thursday, June 8, at 7:30pm; Friday, June 9, at 8pm; Saturday, June 10, at 8pm; Sunday, June 11, at 3pm; Thursday, June 15, at 7:30pm; Friday, June 16, at 8pm; Saturday, June 17, at 8pm; Sunday, June 18, at 3pm; Thursday, June 22, at 7:30pm; Friday, June 23, at 8pm; Saturday, June 24, at 8pm; Sunday, June 25, at 3pm; Thursday, June 29, at 7:30pm; Friday, June 30, at 8pm; Saturday, July 1, at 8pm.

Rock of Ages is sponsored by FOX 102.3 and ROCK 99.7.

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