THE MUSIC At the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts, August 12

Music Theater Works presents the regional premiere of Zorro: The Musical at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, August 11-21 as the third production of its 2022 season featuring music by Gipsy Kings and John Cameron, lyrics by Stephen Clark, book by Clark and Helen Edmundson, directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, music directed and directed by Justin Akira Kono with choreography by Laura Savage.

The program of performances includes a preview on Thursday August 11 at 1 p.m. with press opening on Friday August 12 at 8 p.m. The duration is 2:45, including a 15-minute intermission. The show schedule is Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from $39 to $106, and tickets for guests 25 and under are half off at MusicTheaterWorks.com.

Get ready for extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword fighting and incredible magic in the theater as Music Theater Works tells the story of the legendary swordsman and defender of justice in Zorro: The Musical. Zorro has captured the imagination of millions for over a century, in books, movies and TV – now he takes to the stage in a thrilling original musical. Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy caballero, leads a double life as a masked hero entangled in adventure and romance, struggling to protect his people from tyranny and to win the love of the beautiful Luisa.

In association with Ensemble Español, this regional premiere is an unforgettable, action-packed experience, featuring dazzling choreography and a captivating flamenco-based score by international pop sensations, Gipsy Kings.

The cast of Zorro: The Musical includes Cisco Lopez (Diego); Laura Quiñones (Luisa); Emmanuel Ramírez (Ramon); Alix Rhode (Inès); J. Christian Hill (Garcia); Luis A. Galvez (Don Alejandro, Old Gypsy); Víctor López (together, U/S Garcia); Malachi Marrero (together, U/S Ramon); Jazmine Tamayo (together. U/S Luisa, Inez); Kaitlyn Pasquinelli (Ensemble, Dance Captain); Henri Cartaya (together); Luis Del Valle (together); Trill Falotico (together); Jair Herrera (together); Bruce Holtman (together); Liora Lahav (together); Isabelle Ramírez (together); Autumn Thelander (together); Lina Bulovaite (flamenco dancer); Jocelyn Leving (flamenco dancer); Karla Tennies Koziura (flamenco dancer); Diego Salcedo (Flamenco guitarist) and Ellie Prendes (Swing).

Zorro: The Musical includes Justin Akira Kono (bandleader/drums); Nina Saito (violin); Gregory Strauss (trumpet 1); Ryan Hobbs (trumpet 2); Linda Madonia (keyboard); Stephen Boyer (keyboard); Thomas J. Logan (guitar); Marcel Bonfim (bass) and Tina Laughlin (percussion).

Zorro: The Musical’s creative team includes Adrian Abel Azevedo (director); Justin Alikra Kono (music director); Laura Savage (choreographer); Luis Beltran Ureña (Spanish dance choreographer); Will Hughes (technical director); Jacqueline Penrod & Richard Penrod (decorators); Adriana Díaz (costumer); Andrew Meyers (lighting designer); Eric Backus (sound designer); Alice Salazar (hair and make-up artist); Sheryl Williams (director of privacy); Nick Sandys (fight choreographer); Aaron Shapiro (production manager); Chelsea Lynn (master electrician, programmer); Justin Dougan-LeBlanc (costume assistant); Julie Fehler-Render (costume assistant); Karlika Clayborne (hair and makeup assistant, runner); Trillium Falotico (Captain of Intimacy); Sean Michael Mohler (stage manager); Sam Gonzales (assistant stage manager); Kristen Brinati (Clothing Team); Alexis Lotspeich (wardrobe team); Alon Stotter (spotlight operator); Linda Madonia (Orchestra Contractor) and Kyle A. Dougan (Artistic Director Producer).

All guests will be required to wear a face mask regardless of their vaccination status and present photo ID with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with an approved vaccine.

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