WHEN the curtain goes up on Newstead College's Xanadu tonight, it will be the first time Maggie Campbell has sung in front of an audience.
In fact, it will even be the 16-year-old's first time performing on the Princess Theatre stage, and she will be doing it on rollerskates.
Maggie has always loved Broadway shows, yet has never been in a show before. ``And I love terrible movies,'' she said.
So as soon as the opportunity opened up for the lead role of Kira, a beautiful Greek muse in Xanadu , she jumped at it.
``I just wanted to do the biggest thing that I could do,'' Maggie said.
If biggest means learning to dance in rollerskates, learning three accents, wearing sequins and singing songs Olivia Newton-John once did, Maggie has it spot on.
Xanadu features a cast of 60, supported by about 40 backstage crew members and an on-stage band.
It follows the story of Kira, who descends from Mount Olympus to inspire a struggling artist called Sonny, played by Jarrad Enniss, to develop California's first roller disco.
Xanadu director Barry Wenn said the show was ready, it just needed an audience. ``In certain scenes I'm starting to get little tingles go up and down my spine, so I feel yes it's there,'' he said.
WHAT: Xanadu, presented by Newstead College.
WHERE: Princess Theatre, Launceston.
WHEN: Tomorrow at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm.
TICKETS: Adults: $29.95; children: $19.95.
BOOKINGS: 6323 3666, Princess Theatre box office or visit theatrenorth.com.au.