Acclaimed musical comedy runs one weekend only – April 8, 9, 10

By Cara Van Dijk

The angelic voices of ALTAR BOYZ take to the Palm Canyon Theatre stage for one weekend only, April 8-10. The musical comedy follows the fate and faith of five small-town boys as they rise from bingo hall fame to a national “Raise the Praise” tour.

The Christian group has everything you’d expect from a boy band… Matthew, played by Nicholas Sloan, is the heartthrob leader of the group. Mark, played by Alex Keane, is the seemingly obvious effeminate one, but no one seems to notice. Juan, played by Charlie Bostick, is the Latin lover; the ethnic member of the group. Luke, played by Jospeh Paul Rykert, is the bad boy. And, then there’s Abraham, played by Scott Clinkscales; he’s the Jewish one!

The boyz have it all – tight harmonies and cool choreography. And, they are saving the world one screaming fan at a time with hits like, “Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait” and “Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone.” At the end of their big tour, the boyz begin to question whether or not faith is really holding them together.

With a heartfelt book by Kevin Del Aguila, and music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, Altar Boyz inevitably delivers a message of unity. Altar Boyz at the Palm Canyon Theatre is directed and choreographed by Nicholas Sloan with musical direction by Donald Kelly.

Altar Boyz runs Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 10 the matinee starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Student tickets are $15, with valid ID; student tickets must be purchased at the Box Office.

For tickets, call the Palm Canyon Theatre Box Office at 760-323-5123 or order online: PalmCanyonTheatre.org. The Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, at the corner of Alejo Road and Palm Canyon Drive, across from Koffi inside The Corridor. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 760-323-5123.

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