When the touring show "In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" comes to the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts April 17, be on the lookout for two quartets - not just one.
"In My Life" is the musical retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and featuring the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road. The band features Chris Paul Overall (Paul), Nathaniel Bott (John), Jesse Wilder (George) and Axel Clarke (Ringo). Epstein is played by Alxander Jon. The production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments.
The Arizona School for the Arts string quartet has the privilege of joining the professional actors on stage to add an element of orchestral texture to the evening. Arizona School for the Arts seniors Kaylee Cumpston, Jasmin Lee, Tristan Garcia and sophomore Yulee Kim will join the band for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday," "A Day in the Life," "Hello Goodbye," and "Hey Jude." In a special touch, "Yesterday" is played as a scene in which the Paul McCartney character plays the song for the first time for Beatles producer George Martin, with the songwriter explaining that he envisioned a string-quartet accompaniment.
The producers of "In My Life" approached Arizona School for the Arts Orchestra Director Cindy Blandino, looking for a talented ensemble that could hold its own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly uses a local quartet to augment the production while on tour.
Arizona School for the Arts students Cumpston, Garcia, and Kim are all Beatles fans.
"My third grade teacher blasted Beatles music during clean up hour and I’ve been hooked ever since,” Garcia laughed. “My favorite songs are ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and ‘Yesterday.’”
Cumpston said his father played Beatles music when he was young and she even has a Beatles poster hanging in her bedroom. Her favorite album is Abby Road and favorite song is “Come Together.”
Kim was introduced to Beatles music by her father and her favorite tune is “Eleanor Rigby.”
The quartet's other noteworthy performances include performing for former Secretary of State Madeline Albright at the Phoenix Art Museum last year.
“In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to The Beatles” plays 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Theater Works. Tickets are $28 to $31 and may be purchased online at www.theaterworks.org, or by phone, 623-815-7930. Theater Works is in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Peoria, 8355 W. Peoria Ave. The show is appropriate for all ages.