Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside combines ancient comedy with the golden age of musicals in the Tony Award-winning “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” opening for a two-weekend run Friday (April 28) at the Main Stage Theatre.
The farce is based on the work of Roman playwright Plautus. The hilarity centers around Pseudolus (played by Alex Griffin), a crafty slave who attempts to scheme his way to freedom by helping his master, Hero (Ryan Zierk), whisk away the beautiful virgin Philia (Olivia Jardas) from the mighty soldier Miles Gloriosus (Hannah Anderson).
Carthage College is taking audience participation to a new level with “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at the Wartburg Auditorium.
The musical, based on the unfinished manuscript of Charles Dickens’ final novel, features an interactive twist as audience members choose the ending. The show stops where Dickens left off, allowing for varying plot points and casting decisions for each performance.
One of Walt Disney’s darkest animated features is arriving on the local high school stage.
Kenosha Unified delivers its final, main stage production of the season with a piloted version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opening Friday (April 28) at the Bradford High School Auditorium.
A former Broadway musical and a rags-to-riches story continue locally this week. Here is a look at each show:
What: The Christian Life production of “Godspell”
A comedy about a man accepting his age and a children’s musical arrive next week. Here is a look at both shows:
What: The Lakeside Players production of “The Big Five-Oh!”
A comedy about all of the “joys” of home ownership arrives this weekend at Central High School. Here is a closer look at the show:
What: Central High School’s “George Washington Slept Here”
First-time play director Brandy Harrell hopes the audience loves her show as much as the cast and crew enjoy producing it.
Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., wraps up its 25th season with the laugh out loud, heart-warming story of “Bob: A Life in Five Acts,” which opens for a three-weekend run on Friday (April 21). Born and abandoned in a White Castle restroom, Bob (played by Cody Ernest) energetically embarks on an epic journey in his beige Malibu.
Kenosha Unified delivers its final main stage production of the school year with a piloted, high school version of a Walt Disney animated feature. Here is a closer look at the musical:
What: Kenosha Unified’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
Lakeside Players Inc. has four main stage shows, a pair of family plays and two mature-themed productions in next season’s lineup at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.
A variety of ticket packages are offered at www.rhodecenter.org.
Plenty of music, laughs and high jinks are in store for the Racine Theatre Guild’s 80th season.
Eight shows, including musicals, comedies and the popular musical-comedy “Sister Act,” are slated for next season’s schedule, which was recently announced by the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.
Racine’s Over Our Head Players opens a comedic exploration of American mythology next week. Here is a closer look at the show:
What: Over Our Head Players’ production of “Bob: A Life in Five Acts”
A pair of musicals and a Greek comedy continue this weekend. Here is a look at each show:
What: Lakeside Players’ “Junie B. Jones: The Musical”
Carthage College’s annual spring dance concert is all about the students.
“Away from the Mirror,” an all-student produced and choreographed performance, takes place Saturday and Sunday (April 8-9) at Carthage’s Studio Theatre. The dance features solos, duets and group numbers in a wide repertoire of contemporary, post-modern, technical ballet, tap, hip hop and lyrical styles.
A wacky, Cliff Notes’ version of ancient history opens Friday (March 31) with “The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes of Less” at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.
With the clock ticking in front of the audience, six cast members portray many well-known Greek gods and introduce several lesser-known ones in a fast-paced, outlandish production. The show, narrated by a ring girl, features numerous skits including spin-offs of “Love Connection,” “American Idol” and “SportsCenter.”
Literature’s biggest sassy pants returns to the Rhode Center for the Arts.
Lakeside Players takes on an adaptation of a best-selling children’s book series with “Junie B. Jones: The Musical” this weekend at the Rhode’s Steigerwaldt Auditorium, 514 56th St., as part of its Family Theatre Series.
Two students with as many differences as similarities will share the spotlight in their final high school performance.
Indian Trail seniors Nina Jackson and Larissa Huissen are double cast as the bold and enchanting Dolly Levi in Kenosha Unified’s production of “Hello, Dolly!” opening this weekend at Indian Trail Auditorium, 6800 60th St.
The Kenosha Youth Performing Arts Company is presenting “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” this summer.
Performances are July 27-30 at the Bradford High School Auditorium, 3700 Washington Road.
Carthage College Fine Arts performs its annual spring dance production next weekend. Here is a closer look at the show:
What: Carthage College’s “Away from the Mirror”
Being an orphan has worked out just fine for Harborside Academy’s Hannah Wade.
Just months after bringing together an entire village in Kenosha Unified’s production of “Once on This Island Jr.,” Wade unites an orphanage in Harborside’s “Annie Jr.,” this weekend (March 24-26) at the Reuther Auditorium, 913 57th St.
A pair of musicals and a Greek compilation arrive next week. Here is a look at each show:
What: Kenosha Unified’s “Hello Dolly!”
The Broadway classic “Man of La Mancha” — written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darian — opens Friday night at PM&L Theatre in Antioch, Ill., and will run for three weekends.
This production is directed by Lorrie Ferguson, whose recent PM&L directing credits include “The Mousetrap” and “A Flea in Her Ear.”