Fame, Fortune and Acquittal..............................................................June 26-July 5
The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts’ SummerStage production, Chicago, will razzle and dazzle audiences with its smooth music and electric dance numbers as it weaves the tale of murder, greed, fame and all that jazz.
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, Chicago will show June 26-27 and July 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees on June 28 and July 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Toland Theatre in the UWL Center for the Arts, on the corner of 16th and Vine Streets.
By the musical duo John Kander and Fred Ebb, Chicago follows the story of two rival murderesses, nightclub star Velma Kelly and hopeful housewife, Roxie Hart. Roxie is an ordinary woman dreaming of the glitz and glamor of 1920’s Chicago nightlife who gets thrust into the spotlight after she murders her lover and is sent to murderer’s row in the Cook County jail, run by the corrupt Mama Morten. Desperate to avoid conviction, Roxie dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate Velma Kelly, by hiring the slick and savvy attorney, Billy Flynn, to manipulate her crime into an extravagant story and sensational headlines. With a cast of fierce characters with vivid and colorful personalities, Chicago is sure to sizzle from beginning to end.
Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 22. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before show times. (Box office will be closed July 4.) Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior/non UWL students and $10 for UWL students; call 608.785.8522.
If you go— Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts What: Chicago, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Where: Toland Theatre, UWL Center for the Arts located on 16th and Vine Streets When: June 26-27 & July 2-3 at 7:30 p.m.; June 28 & July 5 at 2:00 p.m. Admission: $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $10 UWL students; call 608.785.8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 22. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before show times. (Box office will be closed July 4.) Cast: Kendra Andreska, Bobby Black, Lily Cornwell, John Divney, Olivia Dubiel, Gabby Fitzgerald, Erin Gassner, Mitchell Gray, Sophia Goodner, Beth Lakmann, Avital Maltinski, Quinn Masterson, Aamer Mian, Jenna Moilanen, Beth Ryan, Kara Shultz, Calahan Skogman, Michelle Walker, Julia Whalen, Lewis Youngren
Theatre Department Announces Season..............................................Oct. 16-May 7
The UWL Department of Theatre Arts presents its 2015-16 season. Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14, 2015. See details below.
“Proof” Opening the 2015-2016 season is David Auburn’s “Proof,” a work that explores the mystery of love and of science. It focuses on Catherine, a young woman who is strongly devoted to her father; Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited her father’s mental illness along with his mathematical genius. When Robert’s work reveals a mathematical proof of potentially historic proportions, it sets off shock waves in more ways than one. Proof considers not only the unpredictability of genius, but also the human instinct toward love and trust.
“A Street Car Named Desire” Next up is Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Streetcar tells the tragic story of fragile former schoolteacher, Blanche, who leaves the family plantation house and moves to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s animalistic husband, Stanley. She quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the seamy, steamy underbelly of 1940s life in the French Quarter. Temperaments clash, fireworks fly and secrets are revealed in this classic drama.
“Singin’ in the Rain” Get ready for a downpour of unforgettable songs in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline — the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen. Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. This spectacular show is packed full of charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour and features some of the best loved movie songs including “Good Morning,” “Make ‘em Laugh” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”
“One Man, Two Guvnors” Roar with pleasure at the worldwide smash hit “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Set in 1963 Brighton, this marvelously crafted show abounds with a unique blend of satire, slapstick, and sparkling wit that will make you feel splendidly silly. Meet a parade of colorful characters and see our hapless hero, Francis Henshall, juggle two jobs and two bosses. Join Francis in the fun as he leads you through this topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities.
Kinesis Dance The season closes out with the return of Kinesis Dance Theatre featuring several UWL dance students and led by choreographer Kathy Gorman. Kinesis includes a wide variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, modern and ballet culminating in a one-of-a-kind performance. Frederick Theatre productions The UWL Theatre Department will also present two Frederick Theatre productions, including Wisconsin native Neil Haven’s “Come Back” and the children’s tale “Horrible Harry in 2B.”
“Come Back” takes a gritty look at grief while daring the audience not to fall out of their seats with laughter. Sky, a mild-mannered graphic designer prone to anxiety attacks, is compelled to trek across the country “with an elderly parrot and his friend in a bucket.” Sky’s closest friend, a bird rehabber named Erin, recently succumbed to cancer and left a surprise in her will: Sky is responsible for choosing what to do with her remains. Before she died, Erin planned a road trip, which delivers Sky to all of the unconventional places and people that will do something kooky with one’s cremains. From infused bullets to a launch in low orbit, Sky must choose the most fitting final resting place for his lost companion. Erin thoroughly attended to every detail of the journey, but forgot to consider one factor: her mother. Val would much prefer her daughter be interred in the extensive family cemetery plot. Val tracks down Sky and joins him on the trip, hoping to sway his opinion toward the traditional burial choice. Coupled oddly, they embark on a journey in Erin’s memory to explore grief, death, souls and soul mates.
The UWL annual children’s production is the mischievous tale “Horrible Harry in 2B.” Based on the book series by Suzy Kline, the UWL Department of Theatre Arts’ Creating Children’s Theatre class reviewed several Horrible Harry stories and wrote the original script. Horrible Harry makes second grade really exciting. But, as Doug knows, being his best friend isn’t always easy. Harry likes gross things and causing trouble like scaring Song Lee with his pet snake or pouring ice cold water down Sydney’s back. With Harry, you never know what is going to happen next.
Please note: “Come Back” and “Horrible Harry in 2B” are not part of the season subscription package. Theatre productions and schedule subject to change.
Buy Season Tickets: Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14, 2015, and include ticket vouchers for five season productions, postcard reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season subscriptions are $60 for the general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL students/high school students, and $14 for UWL students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the UWL Department of Theatre Arts at 608.785.6701.
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