'Fame – The Musical' on stage at RIC, April 14-17

Cast members rehearse for the upcoming production of 'Fame – The Musical' at RIC.

Cast members rehearse for the upcoming production of 'Fame – The Musical' at RIC.
The RIC Theatre production of "Fame – The Musical" will bring passion, excitement and memorable songs to Roberts Hall from April 14-17.

David De Silva, who conceived, developed and produced MGM’s 1980 Academy Award-winning musical film version of "Fame," will be in attendance at the April 17 matinee performance.

De Silva has donated $1,000 to the college for the production of "Fame."

Based on the 1980 film, the story follows a vibrant, diverse group of starry-eyed teenagers who have been accepted to P.A., New York City’s acclaimed high school of the performing arts. The students embark on a four-year journey in which their lives, loves, friendships and hardships are vividly on display.

RIC’s production of "Fame" is directed by Bill Wilson, RIC professor and director of musical theatre, with choreography by Angelica Vessella, director of dance. Musical direction is provided by RIC alum Anthony Torelli.

“All of the members of the cast of “Fame” are trying to be triple threats: musicians, actors and dancers, so it is a golden opportunity for our students to perfect those three skills,” Wilson said.

De Silva, who is known as “Father Fame,” was also the consulting producer on the "Fame" television series that ran for six years on network television and in syndication, was shown in 68 countries, and performed in nearly every language in the world.

“To know oneself is a life long process. It helps us along the way if we recognize that Life is Theatre. There are many sides to the ‘character’ we play in it. We are always making our ‘entrances’ and ‘exits,’” De Silva said on his Fame Network website.

“Fame” will be staged from April 14-16 at 8 p.m., and on April 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, with discounts for seniors, RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni, and children. Tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or at the Roberts Hall Box Office, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.