[Posted April 22, 2016] If you haven’t been back to Uni in a while, now is the time to plan your trip to the intersection of Texas and Westgate for Disney’s “High School Musical”!
The show will premiere at Uni’s Stivelman Theater on April 26, with three additional performances on the 27th, 28th and 29th.
Uni’s Director of Theater Arts, Ronnie Sperling, is excited about this show! “Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ is our most ambitious production to date,” he notes. “Exciting choreography, a large cast, awesome sets, contemporary costumes, some modern lighting, and a surprise appearance by the Uni High Drumline will combine to make this Disney Channel classic come to life on our Stivelman Theater stage.”
Supported by UCLA’s Beyond the Bell program for the performing arts, four performances are slated for the Stivelman Theater (entrance on Texas Avenue):
(1) April 26 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m.
(2) April 27 (Wednesday) at 3:30 p.m.
(3) April 28 (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m.
(4) April 29 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Check out the Show Program by clicking here!
All performances will be in honor of Dick Agbabian ‘75 (see below for more information).
Tickets may be purchased for all shows in advance (up to the day prior to the show) at BrownPaperTickets.com: $10 for adults and $5 for students (with identification) via credit card, or at the Uni Student Store or at the door (cash only). Online purchases carry a 99-cent fee plus a 3.5% charge for credit-card processing.
Parking is available on-campus in the Barrington Avenue or Westgate Avenue lots, not to mention the ample street parking around the Uni campus.
For those who remember Dick Agbabian, a happy-go-lucky personality who enjoyed a laugh as much as playing varsity baseball or performing in Theater Arts, the skies have been dark for some time. And getting darker. Uni Theater Arts director Sperling explained:
“Uni High is pleased to dedicate all performances of this spring’s Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ to a special alumnus, Dick Agbabian (Class of 1975). An honors graduate and active member of the Uni Theatre group, Dick was completing his senior year at Azusa Pacific University when he underwent a routine surgery that went tragically wrong. Since then, for the past 37 years, Dick has had to face life with severe disabilities, without the ability to talk, walk, eat without assistance, or do any of the other things that most of us take for granted.
“While a settlement for the malpractice enabled Dick to receive loving care from his family and a wonderful caregiver for many years, his increasing medical needs have taken a toll on Dick’s finances, with devastating consequences. Whether you knew Dick Agbabian or not, would you be willing to help his family with his special needs? Please visit www.gofundme.com/friendsofagbabian to see how you can help. Thank you!”
The April 29 performance has been designated as “Dick Agbabian Night” with members of his family to attend. Please give if you can, but remember Dick for the vivacious person he was.