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    To order season tickets, please call the Department of Theatre Arts at 608.785.6701 or print and mail the Theatre Season Subscription Order Form.

     

    Chicago (Encore Performance/Scholarship Fundraiser)

    Chicago encore poster

    Music John Kander
    Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse 
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb 
    Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
    Script adaptation by David Thompson 

    Performance Dates
    Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Ticket Prices: $25 adults; $20 seniors/non UWL students; $10 UWL students. Tickets go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m.   GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING

    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.

    **Please Note: Chicago is not included in the season ticket package.

     


    Proof

    Proof imageBy David Auburn
    Directed by Walter Elder


    Performance Dates:
    October 16-17 & 22-24 at 7:30 p.m.
    October 18 & 25 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Tickets go on sale Monday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. (Early season subscriber reservations begin Monday, October 5.)

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students.

    Proof 
    is a work that explores the unknowability of love as much as it does the mysteries 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 away.  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.

     

    Come Back

    By Neil HavenCome Back by Neil Haven image
    Directed by Mary Leonard

    Performance Dates:
    November 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.
    November 8 at 2:00 p.m.
    Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall

    Tickets go on sale Monday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m.

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students. General seating admission.

    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.

    **Please Note: Come Back is not part of the season ticket package.

     

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire imageBy Tennessee Williams
    Directed by Beth Cherne

    Performance Dates:
    December 4-5 & 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.
    December 6 & 13 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Tickets go on sale Monday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m.

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students. (Early season subscriber reservations begin Thursday, November 19.)

    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 Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

     

    Singin' in the Rain (musical)

    Singing in the Rain imageScreenplay by Betty Comden & Adolf Green
    Songs by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed
    Directed by Mary Leonard

    Performance Dates:
    February 26-27 & March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
    February 28 & March 6 at 2:00 p.m.

    Tickets go on sale Monday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office in the Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.8522 during regular box office hours.

    Ticket Prices:  $18 adults; $16 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students.  (Early season subscriber reservations begin Monday, February 15.)

    Get ready for a downpour of unforgettable songs in Singin' in the RainSingin' 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 of course, Singin' in the Rain.


    Horrible Harry in Room 2B

    Based on the books by Suzy Kline Horrible Harry in 2B
    Adapted by the UWL Creating Children's Theatre Class
    (Callie Boydston, Erin Gassner, Lauren Gingold, Sophia Goodner, Katie Katschke, Maddie Napolski, Derek Sveen, Bryce Wilson, Sarah Wolf & Lewis Youngren)
    Directed by Beth Cherne
    Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall


    School Performance Dates/Information
    April 6-8 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 1:00 p.m. (School groups only)
    Tickets are $5 per person (children, teachers, chaperons, etc.)
    Schools may reserve group tickets beginning August 17, 2015 by calling the Department of Theatre Arts at 608.785.6701.

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    Public Performance Dates/Information
    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (public performances)
    Tickets are $5 for children; $8 for adults.
    Tickets go on sale Monday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. General admission seating. Limited seating available. To purchase tickets by phone, call the Theatre Box Office at 608.785.8522 beginning Monday, April 4, 2016.  **Please note that the children’s production tends to sell out quickly.**

    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: Horrible Harry in Room 2B is not included in the season ticket package.

     

     

    One Man Two GuvnorsOne Man, Two Guvnors

    By Richard Bean
    Directed by Walter Elder

    Performance Dates:
    April 22-23 & April 28-30 at 7:30 p.m.
    April 24 & May 1 at 2:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Tickets go on sale Monday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets maybe purchased in person at the box office in Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.8522 during regular box office hours.

    Ticket Prices: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students. (Early season subscriber reservations begin Monday, April 11.)

    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 Theatre

    Kinesis DanceChoreographed by Kathy Gorman

    Performance Dates:
    May 6-7 at 7:30 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Tickets available at the door only one hour prior to each performance.  General admission seating.

    Ticket Prices:
     $16 for adults; $14 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students.  (Early season subscriber reservations begin Monday, May 2.)

    Kinesis Dance Theatre features several UW-La Crosse dance students 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.