The musical "Rock of Ages," in which Top 40 hits from the 1980s are employed to tell the story of two aspiring performers on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip, will be the final show for Imagine Productions of Columbus at the Northland Performing Arts Center.
The troupewill move to the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave, for its 2019 season.
"We are looking to find our own space in the near future," said Esther Stinson, a member of the board of directors.
The theatrical group, which began staging productions at Northland Performing Arts Center in January 2016, will not be going quietly into that good night with its farewell show. Songs from famed "hair bands" Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Poison move the plot of the musical, director Damon Barnett said.
Performances of "Rock of Ages" are scheduled for 8 p.m Aug. 2-4 and at 3 p.m. Aug. 5.
Tickets cost $23.
The Northland Performing Arts Center is located at 4411 Tamarack Blvd.
"Rock of Ages" was nominated for a Tony Award for best musical in 2009, Barnett said. It tells the story of two would-be rock stars, busboy Drew Boley and Sherrie Christian, who just arrived in Los Angeles from Kansas.
The plot revolves around people trying to reach their dreams, and it shows that the "dreams you came with may not be the ones you leave with, but it still rocks," Barnett said.
"One thing I absolutely love about this show, with most jukebox musicals they have to kind of pull the story along," he said.
"Rock of Ages," choosing from a wealth of hits, is able to employ the lyrics to help tell the story, Barnett said.
"It's the music I grew up with, and it's my favorite music," he said.
It's not the music that some of the younger cast members grew up with. In fact, some had never heard the songs before.
Matt Gleason of Grove City, who plays Drew, said he had major reservations when Barnett surprised him by offering the lead part.
"It just took a big leap of faith," he said. "It is without a doubt the best decision I've ever made and the best show I've ever been part of.
"Drew has ambitions and passion for the music, but he's this nice guy and he's never put himself out there. He's nice, but he doesn't always think his actions through. He's just young and naive."
Dante DeNucci of Columbus, who plays Franz, said he was vaguely familiar with some of the songs, but now that he's been rehearsing them, he's become a fan.
"I love it to death," DeNucci said. "I feel like there was so much emotion in them. It was all about big dreams."