EFHS production based on composer’s life

DEARBORN — The Edsel Ford High School Performing Arts Department will present “COLE: An Entertainment Based on the Life and Music of Cole Porter,” at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Performances will take place in the auditorium of the school, 20601 Rotunda Drive. The production chronicles the story of Cole Porter through his music.

From a childhood in a small Midwestern town to his days at Yale to his first failed attempts on Broadway, producers say Porter’s privileged youth was filled with obstacles he had to overcome to achieve enormous success in life.

After a sojourn in the American Mecca of the 1920s – Paris, France – Cole returned to conquer both the Great White Way and Hollywood with his words and music, producers say.

“I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Night and Day,” “Anything Goes” and the music from “Kiss Me Kate” all have been performed worldwide for almost a century. As fresh and as topical as the day they were first performed, producers say, Porter’s music still speaks about the human condition, and most particularly about love.

“COLE” will be performed by a cast of 20 EFHS performing arts students who will co-star in the ensemble show, with solo and group performances from students from grades eight through 12.

Advance tickets cost $8 for students and senior citizens; $10 for adults; door prices are $10 and $12, respectively.

For more information call (313) 827-1553 or e-mail doyler@dearborn.k12.mi.us.