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Brothers write and star in musical based on Styx songs at CCAE

Standing L-R: Audrey Stillwell, Poway; August Ruterbusch, Cardiff; Carley Rhinehart, Anaheim; Aaron Hunter, Poway; Izaiah Rhinehart, Fallbrook; Wyatt Rhinehart, Fallbrook; Abby DePuy, San Diego; Daylyn Reese, Carlsbad; Dewikus Van Ziji, Rancho Peñasquitos. Front, L-R: Millie Robinson, San Marcos; Shasta Fox, Escondido. Not pictured: Claire Bassett, Carlsbad; Trinity Kieren, Castaic; Ruby Belt, Carlsbad; Jacob Morilak, Encinitas. Photo courtesy of Alexis Friedman, Instagram alexisgacefotos

Inspired by the music of Styx — one of the most popular rock bands of the 70s and early 80s, teen brothers Isaiah and Wyatt Rhinehart have written, cast, choreographed, and are directing and performing in a musical experience that provides a fresh take on Styx’s most recognizable songs.

Mr. Roboto — An Unofficial Styx Musical” features an original story based on humanity, justice and the value of freedom. A cast of fifteen experienced actors ages 13-22 with credits throughout San Diego County will bring the story and music to the stage in early August at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

In addition to story creation, the Rhineharts also rearranged and re-recorded all band instrumentation themselves. What began as a high school senior project for Izaiah (18) escalated into a full theater production with the assistance of brother Wyatt (16). The two have performed in musical theatre most of their lives, receiving many theatrical awards, including nods for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Artist of the Year.

The show includes classic and beloved Styx numbers such as “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Mr. Roboto,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and many more.

Evening performances are scheduled Friday through Sunday, August 9-11 at 7 p.m.; matinees are set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11. All shows will be held at the California Center for the Arts, Studio 1, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025. Seats can be reserved for a minimum $15 donation. To advertise in the show program or donate to the project contact paradisetheatreproductions@gmail.com.

For more information, contact Izaiah Rhinehart at

(760) 638-0851.

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