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It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

An American Holiday Tradition adapted by Joe Landry

This beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940's radio broadcast. Watch (and listen) as a small ensemble of radio performers brings Bedford Falls wonderfully to life.The inspirational story of George Bailey has become a cinematic tradition; celebrate it anew, live on the Rita Main Stage. Will George save the Bailey Building and Loan? Will Clarence get his wings? Of course, but come enjoy this special event in a live presentation!

Sponsored by The Kenosha News

Dec 4, 5, 6   |   7:30 pm
Dec 5   |   10:00 am
Dec 7   |   2:00 pm
Main Stage Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Magical Comedy by William Shakespeare, Main Stage Theatre

When two sets of lovers cross paths with mischievous forest sprites, the course of true love does not run smoothly! Just when things start to get really confused, on cue enters Bottom with his ridiculous troupe of amateur actors and the laughs keep coming. William Shakespeare’s wonderful, magical forest is filled with some of the most memorable and loveable characters of all time. This is one dream you won’t want to wake from.

Sponsored by WPR Radio, 90.7 FM

Mar 6, 7, 12, 13, 14  |  7:30 pm
Mar 13  |  10:00 am

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A Mirthful Musical conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin,

The Tony Award-winning musical is crowd pleaser. Six finalists compete for the top slot in the Putnam Valley Middle School Spelling Bee. As each student takes his or her turn, they reveal not only their aptitude for spelling, but also their complicated lives in ways that are both hilarious and heart-warming. This fun-filled modern musical features such memorable songs as “My Friend, the Dictionary”, “I’m Not That Smart”, “Magic Foot” and “I Speak Six Languages”. Relive the tribulations of Middle School in the best of all possible ways!

Sponsored by WRJN 92.1 FM/WEZY 1400 AM

May 1, 2, 8, 9  |  7:30 pm
May 1  |  10:00 am
May 3  |  2:00 pm
Black Box Theatre

FreshINK Series 2014-15

FreshinkFreestaged-reading of today’s most important new plays.

All FreshINK Productions are free (donations gratefully accepted.)Performances take place in Studio A of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities


by Will Eno – directed by Matt Schwader

Will Eno’s contemporary homage to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is a lyrical, whacky, and lovely play, focusing on the things that connect us to one another and those things we go through alone.  Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown. About to have her first child, she is eager to enjoy the neighborly bonds a small town promises. But life in Middletown is complicated: neighbors are near strangers and moments of connection are fleeting. Middletown is a playful, poignant portrait of a town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.

Oct 31  |  7:30 pm
Nov 1  |  7:30 pm
Nov 2  |  2:00 pm

How the World Began

by Catherine Trieschmann – directed by Michael Clickner

This powerful story focuses on a science teacher from Manhattan who arrives in rural Kansas after a tornado has ripped the town apart.  Susan finds herself thrown into an ethical firestorm making a comment about how life on earth began.  The compassionate and honest play focuses on the tension between creationism and evolution, and how this is taught in schools.  It is also a powerful psychological investigation into individual responses to these issues and the ways in which people are driven to extreme ideological positions in times of stress.

Feb 20, 21  |  7:30 pm
Feb 22  |  2:00 pm

Welcome to the UW-Parkside Theatre Online Box Office!

For your convenience we offer you a number of ways to contact our Theatre Box Office for performance information and to purchase tickets for our theatre productions.

Individual Ticket Prices:
  • General Admission Tickets = $18
  • Senior & UW-Parkside Staff Tickets = $14
  • Student Tickets = $10

Theatre Arts Department webpage


TICKET REFUND & EXCHANGE POLICY:  Please note that all ticket sales are final and that we do not refund money for tickets purchased but not used. All show titles and dates are subject to change, and every effort will be made to make show substitutions fair and equitable.  Season ticket holders have the privilege of exchanging tickets for another performance date with no additional fee by contacting the box office in advance of the performance date on the original ticket. We will do our very best to provide you the best substitute tickets available. Based on limited ticket availability we cannot guarantee individual (non-season) ticket holders with ticket exchanges. We will do our best to exchange individual tickets for other productions but can make no promises that alternate ticketing will be available. All unused tickets can be donated to the department for resale or for free distribution to students and can be used by the purchaser as a tax deductable donation.  


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