'Broadaway' makes its way to Los Banos

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 2, 2013 

A new face in the arts scene hopes to use the best of Broadway to transform the city’s theater landscape.

A Broadway-like musical review will be coming to Los Banos later this month.

Robert Pagan is directing “Los Broadway,” which will run Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Ted Falasco Arts Center, 1105 Fifth St.

“We’re taking clips from some of the best musicals that ever went to Broadway, ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Wicked,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Annie,’ ‘Oliver’ and a lot more,” Pagan said.

The review is set at the Royal Theater in Wonderland, where the queen is considering banning musical theater.

Pagan, 26, has gathered a cast of 52 ranging in age from 4 to 65. The production is part of his vision to establish a community theater program in Los Banos. He said he’d like to have eight or nine community theater productions each year.

Pagan, who moved to Los Banos from Hollister two months ago, runs Fifth Wall Theater Project, which he’s hoping to advance by using local talent. However, the community theater project is first.

“Los Broadway,” a playful phrase combining Pagan’s new city and his love of theater, will act as a fundraiser for the community theater program. Pagan has joined the Los Banos Arts Council with his community theater idea in tow.

He first contacted Arts Council member Cyndi Roelofs with the idea.

“Robert called me, said he was moving to town and asked if the Arts Council would be interested,” she said. “I thought it was something we’d been wanting for a long time. I thought it was too good to be true. It’s wonderful.”

Pagan said there is a desire for community theater in Los Banos.

“A lot of people were looking for something like this and they had to drive to Merced to be able to do it,” he said.

For more information or tickets, go to www.fifthwall theater project.com or www.los banosarts.org, or call (209) 827-4126 or (209) 675-7605.

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