Parkside Theatre: Opens w/“3Penny,” closes w/Bard
Parkside Theatre, UW-Parkside's award winning theatre company, presents four major productions during a 2012-2013 season packed with music, joyous remembrance, drama, and gender-bending Shakespearean comedy. Fall semester productions include the musical that forever changed musicals "Threepenny Opera" and the bittersweet Irish play "Dancing at Lughnasa" while spring 2013 brings the powerful docudrama "Columbinus" and the comic confusion of The Bard's classic "12th Night." Tickets for each production are now on sale.
"Musicals are always a challenge and 'Threepenny Opera' is a great way to allow our young actors to stretch themselves," said Theatre Arts Chair Lisa Kornetsky who directs the production. "'Threepenny' is a great way to start the season--we're literally starting on a high note!--and we'll build the rest of the season on a terrific foundation."
Coming off his success as Bo in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre production of "Bus Stop," Ethan Hall is Macheath, better known to friends--and victims--as "Mack the Knife." He alternately charms and carves his way through London with impunity until he decides to wed Polly Peachum (Rachel Sandlin) over the objections of her well-connected parents. Packed with charismatic crooks, saucy ladies, and scheming scoundrels, "Threepenny Opera" is presented for seven performances Oct. 19-28 in the Black Box Theatre of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
Nov. 30-Dec. 8, Parkside Theatre presents the charming memory play "Dancing at Lughnasa." Young Michael and the five Mundy sisters celebrate the harvest although what they reap is bitter sweet. Through it all, the sisters struggle to get by, find love, and occasionally dance to the music on the "Marconi."
Mar. 8-17, 2013, Parkside Theatre presents the United States Theatre Project's powerful docudrama "Columbinus." The scene is Columbine High School, the date is April 20, 1999, and students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold launch their deadly assault on teachers and fellow students. Part fact, part fiction, the narrative weaves together the thoughts of parents and survivors, bringing to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. Contains adult subject matter and language.
The season closes in grand fashion May 4-11, with Shakespeare's beloved comedy "Twelfth Night." In the enchanted dukedom of Illyria, Viola washes up on shore after a shipwreck. Disguising herself as a boy, Viola falls in love with a duke, woos a Lady on the Duke's behalf, and the Lady then, naturally, falls in love with the girl-disguised-as-boy. This time-honored story of cross-dressing, practical jokes, and mistaken identities alternates delightfully between the absurd and the heartfelt.Tickets for Parkside Theatre productions are $17 for adults, $13 for senior and UW-Parkside faculty and staff, and $8 for students. Or purchase season tickets and save on every production. For tickets, call 262-595-2564 or visit www.uwp.edu keyword tickets.