Kalliope Vocal Arts
March 27th - 29th & April 2nd - 4th
7:30 PM Each Night
2 PM Matinee on Saturdays
10th Street Theatre
628 N. 10th Street
Learn more here: Kalliope Vocal Arts
Today @ UWM
March 26, 2015
UWM alumni include many business executives and high-ranking public officials, such as the U.S. ambassador to Iceland, Luis Arreaga. Here are 11 Panthers whose work you certainly know, as we celebrate the many paths to success. Way to represent!
Read the full article here: Today @ UWM
Forward Theatre Company
March 26, 2015
IN AN OLD FARMHOUSE in Bucks County, PA, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living out their middle age after years of caring for their ailing, Chekhov-loving parents. It's a mild and tedious existence. That all changes once their movie-star sister Masha arrives with her twenty-something boy-toy Spike. Soon the siblings are dressing up as fairy-tale characters, channeling Maggie Smith, and dodging the voodoo curses of their soothsaying cleaning woman. Amidst the hilarity, there are moments when this family finds that good old-fashioned human connection might not be obsolete after all.
"...brainy and witty and clever and cute...In this hilarious mashup, classic themes of existential loss and longing are given both a modern spin and endlessly inventive comic twists." — Variety
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March 24, 2015
It is not everyday that a serious car accident can change someone’s life in a positive way. For Terry Byrne, a professor of communications at the College, that’s exactly what happened – his life was shaped by a drunk driving accident.
Byrne, known by his students as just Terry, has worked at the College since 1987. His many years of working in the entertainment industry have not only given him a surplus of knowledge to pass on to his students, but has also given him priceless anecdotes.
“You can tell he not only knows what he is talking about, but that he truly enjoys teaching it,” said Jacqueline Ilkowitz, a senior communications major who has taken five classes with Byrne.
Read the full article here: The College
UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts’ theater, music and dance departments joined forces March 4-8 to bring audiences a captivating performance of Little Women: The Musical. The intimate Five-0-Eight Theatre was a perfect location for the show, which delves into the close bond between sisters, the journey of falling in love and societal expectations during the 1860s.
Read the full article: Shepherd Express
Sara Zientek and her sister Rachael found Sara's old diaries and, being young actresses, did dramatic re-enactments of passages. Imagine Sara reading this in an exaggerated ABC Family character voice: "Rachael got into the show. I'm so upset at her! I hate her! How could she do this to me?"
Cue several minutes of explosive sibling laughter.
Based on a recent interview, the sisters Zientek seem to have grown out of such jealousy, even as they have grown in stature on the local performing arts scene. In Tandem Theatre managing director Jane Flieller, a veteran talent-spotter, has cast one of the Zienteks in each of In Tandem's next two shows: Sara in Wisconsin playwright Neil Haven's comedy "Come Back," which opens Friday; and Rachael in the musical "Little by Little," which opens May 1.
Read the full article here: Tap Milwaukee
UW-Milwaukee Theatre’s upcoming show, Little Women: The Musical, is part of the program’s Five-O-Eight Series, which is devoted to projects where the performers are the focus. The intimate space itself is a performance lab and features a spare approach to visual elements.
Read the full article here: Shepherd Express
By Russ Bickerstaff
December 9, 2014
In addition to being a provocative program of shorts, José Rivera’s Giants Have Us In Their Books provides an interesting range of different moods and emotions for actors. This makes it an excellent choice for a university production. The six-short program was staged by the UW-Milwaukee Department of Theatre last week in a one-week-only production in the intimate space of Kenilworth Studio 508.
The six stories had a beautiful, heartfelt, absurdist fugue about them. The program opened with a tale featuring Rachel Meldman as a girl who is rapidly turning into a plant. Meldman was charming there, but she made a much bigger comic impression as the best friend of a woman who was about to give birth to an angel in the last story of the program.
Read the full story at Express Milwaukee.
My three year-old daughter has asked many things of me. Quite a lot of them involve Hello Kitty and going to the park at inappropriate times. I’m quite thankful that she has not, as of yet, requested that I get the moon for her. I anticipate that this is probably coming, though...maybe even tonight.
Children’s book author Eric Carle’s Papa, please get the moon for me was originally published back in the mid-1980s and though it is not quite as well-known as, say, The Very Hungry Caterpillar it remains very popular work.
This weekend the UWM Peck School of the Arts brings a work inspired by Carle’s book to the stage. Tina Binns’ Papa and the Moon has been created for a staged reading. A girl asks her busy father to get the moon for her. (Again...something I can relate to a great deal...but I will likely be too busy getting the moon for my daughter to attend myself).
Read the full story at Express Milwaukee.
By Caroline Roers
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
October 28, 2014
For several weeks in October, visitors to City Hall came upon a 4-foot Styrofoam island in the center of the rotunda. The white island was dotted with tiny green trees and surrounded by blue paper, representing water. It looked like an iceberg in the middle of an ocean.
Scattered around the island were headphones where visitors could listen to seniors’ voices. A rope connecting to the headphones ascended to the second and third floors and crisscrossed the rotunda. Attached to the ropes were “questions of the day.”
“It represents the isolation that some seniors in Milwaukee feel,” said Anne Basting, a theater professor at the University of Wisconsin's Peck School of the Arts.
Read the full story at Milwaukee Neighborhood News.