FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2011
UW-WAUKESHA LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCES 2011/12 THEATRE SEASON
UW-Waukesha’s 2011/12 season includes a summer musical theatre production with the worst title ever, a children’s play about an unlikely friendship, collaboration with the Waukesha Library’s Waukesha Reads! Program bringing a London adventure to the boards, and a swashbuckling classic brought to life on the Lunt-Fontanne Stage.
In all, UW-Waukesha will present four plays, as well as a holiday cabaret tradition CANDY FOR THE HOLIDAYS, in collaboration with the Theatre (Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, Steven Decker) and Music Department (Professor of Music, Craig Hurst, Assistant Professor of Music, Nancy Van Brunt and Associate Lecturer of Music, Thomas Patterson).
Here are the selections for the 2011/12 season:
Music by Mark Hollmann; Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis; Book by Greg Kotis
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International
July 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30pm, July 24 at 2:00pm
“Don't let the title scare you off – Urinetown is the wackiest musical satire …..[with] a premise as original as it is unpleasant – in a city suffering from unending drought, private bathrooms are outlawed. Everyone must pay crippling fees to use public latrines run by a monopolistic corporation. Those who cannot pay get dragged off to "Urinetown," a mysterious place from which they never return…..an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny!”
SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING
By Dennis Foon
August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 10am and 1pm
“A tree which resents its roots and a bird with the worst singing voice in the history of avians are the delightful characters in this quirky fable about two unlikely forces of nature: a spunky, unflappable bird and a stunted, loveable tree.” (Tickets for this show are $3)
SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE! (In conjunction with “Waukesha Reads!”)
Adapted by Stephen Dietz from the original play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
October 21, 22 at 7:30pm, October 21, 23 at 2:00pm
"This witty, well-crafted script is very much an homage to Conan Doyle, and the play's greatest pleasure is seeing his iconic characters brought to life. A delightful evening of entertainment." -Arizona Republic.
CANDY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Starring Candace Decker & Phil Smith and featuring Craig Hurst and the Bargain Basement Santas, Nancy Van Brunt and the Windy Hill Handbell Choir and Tom Patterson and the UW-Waukesha Choir.
December 10 at 7:30pm
Candy for the Holidays is the perfect family-friendly event, sprinkled with the feel of the old Andy Williams Show, where a variety of performers share their musical and oratory talents and make special appearances throughout the show. Candace Decker will share her own holiday memories through stories and songs, which will leave the audience filled with tears and laughter.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
By Ken Ludwig from the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French
April 13, 14 at 7:30pm, April 15 at 2:00pm
“A slick swashbuckling romp that cleverly updates the Dumas novel…Ken Ludwig’s new version of the story simply refreshes it, distilling its energy and strengthening its timeless appeal.” -The Guardian
All Performances will be held in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Center on campus at 1500 N. University Dr., Waukesha. Tickets (unless otherwise noted) are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and free with a UW-Waukesha student ID. They will be sold at the door, and the box office opens one hour before each performance. For more information or to purchase advance tickets please call 262-521-5212. All seating is general admission. Parking is free in all lots after 4 p.m.
UW-Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 freshman-sophomore University of Wisconsin Colleges campuses. For information about programs, admissions, or financial aid, contact the Student Services office at (888) 2UW-WAUK (888-289-9285) or visit the Web at waukesha.uwc.edu.
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