Meet the cast and crew of “Threepenny Opera”
The curtain rises Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. on the first of seven Parkside Theatre performances of the musical "Threepenny Opera." Directed by Lisa Kornetsky, this razor-sharp satire fills the Black Box Theatre of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities with performances Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m., the 10 a.m. Friday matinee and a 2 p.m. performance Sunday, Oct. 28. Order tickets online at www.uwp.edu keyword tickets or at 262-595-2654.
"Who's in the cast?" Glad you asked!
Ethan Hall is Macheath (a.k.a. Mack the Knife). He was last seen as the rambunctious Bo Decker in "Bus Stop," Parkside Theatre's extraordinary collaboration with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
Rachel Sandlin plays Mack's intended Polly Peachum. Her Parkside Theatre credits include multiple roles in "Great Expectations," and "Henry V," and as Mrs. Hardcastle in "She Stoops to Conquer."
Brenna Kempf, coming off a strong performance as the naïve waitress Elma in "Bus Stop," plays the reluctant mother-of-the-bride Mrs. Peachum. She is also the production's choreographer.
Mr. Peachum, the even more reluctant father-of-the-bride, is portrayed by Parkside Theatre veteran Mike Zimmermann. His past roles include Magwitch/Jaggers in "Great Expectations," Claudius/Ghost in "Hamlet," Canterbury in "Henry V," and Clive/Edward in "Cloud 9." A full listing of cast and crew is on the university web site.
Michael Pfeiffer, who played multiple roles in "Henry V," is Chief of Police Tiger Brown with Holly Thompson, another multiple role veteran of "Henry V," as his daughter Lucy Brown
The cast features Brittany Boeche as Coaxer and the Rev. Kimball, Shanna Theiste as Molly, Olivia Kraus as Dolly, Kenjamin Lafayette, who played several roles in last season's production of "Great Expectations" portrays Filch; Kara Foster is Betty, Spencer Gray is Jenny, Stephen Marquardt as Bob the Saw, a constable, and a beggar; Kenny Montley as Readymoney Matt, and Antonio Torrez as Crookfinger Jake.
Behind the scenes, Alex Metalsky serves as assistant director and David Gasperetti is the dramaturge and the assistant sound designer.
The crew is stage manager Latavia Collins and assistant stage managers Laura Arnold and Mikayla Durkee; Radoslav Wilke is master electrician and a spotlight operator, and the house manager is Kevin Duffy. A full listing of cast and crew is on the university web site.
In the costume shop, the assistant costume designer is Jazmin Medina with Laura Chartrand, Hayley Cotton, Kara Foster, Brenna Kempf, Katlin Kobernick, Abby Miller, Joe Romanak, and Antonio Torrez. The Wardrobe Crew Head is Laura Chartrand and the Wardrobe Crew is Holly Barrett and Christine Smith. Makeup Crew Head is Abby Miller and the Make-up Crew is Hayley Cotton.
In the scene shop its Brittany Boeche, Spencer Grey, Molly Hadac, Ethan Hall, Jacob Komistra, Olivia Kraus, Kenjamin Lafayette, Stephen Marquardt, Kenny Montley, Chris Payne, Michael Pfeiffer, and Mark Stockton.
Properties were fabricated by properties designer Bethanne Duffy, Melissa Bekkers, Natalie Emmerich, Kevin Duffy, Kelliann Keeler, Kenjamin Layfayette, Alyssa Maur, Alex Metalsky, Rachel Sandlin, and Shanna Theiste.
The Lighting Crew is assistant lighting designer Chris Payne, Melissa Bekkers, Karla Chavez, Blaine Conner, Robin Fletman, David Gasperetti, Molly Hadac, David Lauer, Mike Sedlar, Lindsey Talbot, Will Teoh, and Taylor Varney. The Light Board Operator is Lindsey Talbot and Michael Sedlar is a spotlight operator.
The Sound Board Operator is Karla Chavez.
Faculty and staff involved are co-scenic designer and theatre manager Keith Harris, co-scenic designer Kevin Nelson, costume design Misti Bradford, costume lab supervisor Darice Damata-Geiger, lighting designer Jody Sekas, guest artist/musical director Bill Lavonis, and scenic lab supervisor/Fireside Theatre technical director Michael Clickner. A full listing of cast and crew is on the university web site.
Scenic lab foreman is Chip Wienke, sound engineer John Costigan, department assistants Jennie Filippone, Karen Sorensen, and Heidi Baehr; program layout Karen Sorensen, box office manager Brittany Boyt, marketing Jamie Cheatham and Dave Buchanan, production photographer Donald Lintner of Creative Services.Don't miss Parkside Theatre's production of "Threepenny Opera!"