May 28, 1910 – Rose married Jack Olaf Hovick at age 19
August 20, 1915 – Rose and Jack divorced, and June began performing in vaudeville at age 2 ½
May 26, 1916 – Rose married Judson Brennerman at age 25
December 1928 – June eloped with Bobby Reed (Weldon Hyde), a dancer in their vaudeville act, at age 16. Rose was 38. Louise was 17. June and Bobby both left the show. They later divorced.
January 1930 – Louise became Gypsy Rose Lee. She was 19 years old. Rose was 39 years old.
April 2, 1932 – June gave birth to April Hyde.
1935 – June married Donald S. Gibbs. They later divorced.
August 25, 1937 – Louise married Arnold “Bob” Mizzy. They later divorced.
1942 – Louise married William Alexander Kirkland. They divorced in 1944.
December 11, 1944 – Louise gave birth to Otto Preminger’s son, Erik Lee.
January 25, 1948 – June married William Spier. They remained married until William’s death in 1973.
1948 – Louise married Julio de Deigo. They later divorced.
1950s – April Hyde became an actress with the stage name April Kent.
1957 – Louise wrote and published her memoirs, titled Gypsy: A Memoir
1959 – The musical Gypsy: An American Fable premiered on Broadway with Ethel Merman as Rose
1962 – Gypsy was made into a movie with Rosalind Russel as Rose
April 26, 1970 – Louise died at age 59
December 28, 1998 – April Kent died
Happy Birthday To Us! WCT is 60 years old this season, and we are celebrating. The first mainstage show of our 60th season, Gypsy, runs through October 2nd! Considered by many to be one of the greatest American musicals ever written, the show features a score by Jules Syne and Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. The songs in the show read like a top ten list of all-time greatest songs EVER! “Together Wherever We Go,” “Some People,” “Small World,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “All I Need Is The Girl,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses!” And of course, “Rose’s Turn” at the end of the show is possibly the greatest musical theatre moment ever created. We have a cast of 25 talented community members that are bringing this story to life with incredible vim and verve. You don’t want to miss this show!
As part of our celebration, my wife Kelli, is playing Rose, and I am playing Herbie. Kelli and I haven’t been on stage together since we did I Do! I Do! ten years ago. You never know when we will be on stage together again so don’t miss this chance to see us. I can’t say enough about Kelli’s interpretation of this incredible woman. Kelli had a very successful career when we lived in Chicago, playing a multitude of show stopping roles, and earning a Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of the title character in Annie Get Your Gun. Locally she has played Patsy Cline in several different productions, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Oconomowoc Arts Center, the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center, and of course right here at WCT. I realize that I may be a little biased, but her version of Rose rivals the great women who have played her for the past half century.
Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our lobby is Michael Karl. Check him out on Facebook: MichaelKarlEncausticArtist
Right Singer, Wrong Song! Miscast is a one night only cabaret on September 22 at 7:30 pm. Come check out a night of showtunes performed by WCT singers who would never be cast in those roles. For instance a young girl singing “If I Were A Rich Man” from Fiddler On The Roof, or a young man singing “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls. Click here to get your tickets.
Our 60th Season is on sale now. Subscription packages for the Mainstage shows, and individual tickets for everything can be purchased now. Please join us for another great season of entertainment!
I am thrilled to announce that we are now participating in Thrivent Choice, a member-advised charitable grant program of Thrivent Financial. Eligible members of Thrivent Choice can recommend that WCT is a recipient of Thrivent grant funds.
I also want to remind everyone who shops on Amazon.com (and who doesn’t) to go through Amazon Smile and select WCT as your charity. Every purchase through Amazon Smile (which is the same as Amazon) qualifies for a donation to the chosen organization. You can really help us just by buying what you buy anyway!
Our Mainstage season includes:
To Kill A Mockingbird
For Purely Elfish Reasons
The Drowsy Chaperone
Barefoot In The Park
Our Random Acts Of Entertainment and Education And Outreach Shows include:
ACAP PlayMakers’ Show Of Shows III
Illusions In The Night
A Night Of Comedy With Fred Klett
ExFabula Story Slam
I Got Yule, Babe
Elvis: The Legend Lives On
A.C.T. Combat Boot Camp
My Funny Valentine
2017 Gala: A Festival Of Fools
Snow White And The Magnificent Seven
Broadway Bound Showcase
A.C.T. June Summer Showcase
So many gems it’s dazzling and spectacular! I hope you’ll join us all season long. Thank you to all of the generous donors that have supported us so far this season. If you would like to donate, you can choose from any number of ways you could help us not only maintain, but thrive, as Waukesha’s Cultural Cornerstone.
Please Consider Giving …
* A gift to our Operating Fund
* A gift to our Spotlight On The Future Capital Campaign
* A matching gift through local sponsoring business employers
* A gift that will last a lifetime through your Will or Estate Planning
* A gift by donation to CARS
* A gift by shopping through Amazon Smile
* A gift by purchasing something on our Amazon Wish List
* Choose WCT as your Thrivent Choice charitable organization
* Become a Sponsor of outstanding performances and educational programs
Managing Artistic Director
262-547-4911 ext. 13 office
Sixty Sparkling Years. Wow! Since its very modest beginnings in 1957, WCT has produced more than 400 shows and continues its long-standing tradition as Waukesha’s first choice for quality live entertainment … truly a “Hidden Gem!” According to the American Association of Community Theatres there are over 7,000 community theatres in the nation, and only 100 of them are on record of having survived for 60 years or more, so WCT is in a very elite group of theatres. In this extraordinary year, we offer you a multi-faceted line-up to celebrate the last 60 years of quality live entertainment at WCT.
I can’t believe I am starting my fourteenth season with the Waukesha Civic Theatre. My how time flies when you’re having fun! It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in this beautiful facility for this incredible organization and with this amazing community, and I look forward to many more seasons of high quality live entertainment.
I am thrilled that WCT is kicking off this Mainstage season by presenting Gypsy. This is one of my all-time favorite musicals. The Styne/Sondheim score is truly amazing. The characters are all full of life, love, humor, and pain … and they are based on real people! I am very excited to bring it to the WCT stage. We have a live, six piece orchestra conducted by Jim Van Deusen; Mark E. Schuster is our scenic designer and associate director; Anne Van Deusen is our music director; Sharon Sohner is our lead costume designer, and of course the incomparable Kelli Cramer taking her turn as Rose. What an incredible gathering of talent!
The 1959 Broadway musical is loosely based on the lives of Rose Hovick and her daughters Louise and June, who both reached stardom later in life. Louise became Gypsy Rose Lee and June became June Havoc. The original stage production starred Ethel Merman as Rose.
Speculated by many (including NY Times critic Ben Brantley) to be the greatest of all American musicals, Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: A Memoir. The memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” The musical features songs that have become standards of the musical theatre canon, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together Wherever We Go,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Gypsy is famous for helping launch lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s career, and features a book by Arthur Laurents that is widely considered to be one of the classic examples of a traditional “book musical.” At the heart of the musical is the gregarious Rose, whose journey made critic Frank Rich call Gypsy “Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.” Next week, we’ll post a fun “Hovick Family Timeline” and a few photos of Rose, Louise, and June for your enjoyment.
In addition to our incredible 60th season Mainstage shows, we have more than 80 entertainment options throughout the year, including our Random Acts Of Entertainment, our Education And Outreach productions, our new PIX Flix Movie Series, and more. We offer great benefits to our subscribers (up to 39% off!), including our partnership with 16 downtown Waukesha restaurants offering great discounts to all WCT subscribers. You could literally save as much as you spend if you join us as a subscriber. We also have a year-round theatre arts education program with offerings for students of all ages, including adults.
We are close to wrapping up our Spotlight On The Future major gift campaign with a goal to raise $750,000, providing capital for upgrades that will enhance the theatre experience, increase advertising revenue, decrease operating expenses, and provide for building maintenance. So far we have raised 49% of our goal and have already put these donations to good use. A new HVAC unit, our new lighting catwalk, our new retractable movie screen and projector, a new sound board for the Mainstage, and new sound and lighting equipment for the Studio Theatre and Rehearsal Hall. We still need your help. If you haven’t given to the Spotlight On The Future campaign yet, please consider a gift! If you already have given, thank you, and please consider an additional gift to help us reach our goal.
The generosity of the Waukesha community astounds me, and I truly appreciate all the time, talent, and treasure that you give to WCT. Keep watching, keep participating with, and keep supporting this cultural cornerstone!
Director / Choreographer
Managing Artistic Director
We are celebrating our DIAMOND anniversary with our historic 60th season! WCT is a performing arts gem, with nearly 100 different enriching, entertaining, and challenging artistic offerings throughout the year. We join an elite class of community theatres that have been open continuously for 60 years, bringing you everything from our EMERALD city to our PEARLS of wisdom. SA-PPHIRE up those engines and come GARNET your tickets today!
Use this calendar at home, at work, or at play. We OP-AL (Get it? “hope you’ll” We’re so punny!) join us for everything we have to offer!
Our pricing is structured to entice you to become a subscriber. If you commit us, we will commit to you! No matter which of our four packages RU-BuY, as a WCT subscriber you will receive incredible benefits, including no charge for ticket exchanges, subscriber discount prices for any additional tickets for any show (a 20% to 32% savings!), and the return of our Subscriber Benefits Card, giving our subscribers discounted offers at downtown restaurants. If you use this card throughout the season, you could save as much money as you spend on your subscription package! PERI-DOnT miss out on these savings!
AM-E-THYST season, we are offering a subscription upgrade! Increase your subscription (number of packages or size of package) and receive a $5 discount on your subscription sale. This offer will expire on June 30th, 2016.
Purchase your concessions in advance and save with our Concession Bundles! We have two tiers to choose from:
|Sensational Cookies & Cocoa||Vouchers for 7 non-alcoholic beverages & 7 food items – $18 (a $3 discount!)|
|Sensational Beer & Broadway||Vouchers for 7 alcoholic beverages – $30 (a $5 discount!)|
|Sensational Wine & Dine||Vouchers for 7 alcoholic beverages & 7 food items – $35 (a $7 discount!)|
|Fabulous Cookies & Cocoa||Vouchers for 4 non-alcoholic beverages & 4 food items – $10 (a $2 discount!)|
|Fabulous Beer & Broadway||Vouchers for 4 alcoholic beverages – $17 (a $3 discount!)|
|Fabulous Wine & Dine||Vouchers for 4 alcoholic beverages & 4 food items – $20 (a $5 discount!)|
Reserve your seats now to be challenged, enriched, and entertained at WCT, Waukesha’s first choice for quality live entertainment. For putting up with our puns, you can use the code TURQUOISE to receive $3 off any Mainstage ticket all year! You won’t want TO-PAZ this offer up!
See you at the Theatre!
Managing AQUAMARINE Director
Theatre, like any other business, is full of jargon. If you’re onstage for the first time, will you know what to do when a director tells you to cheat out? Why is everyone talking about strike? Who is a choreographer and what do they do?
WCT has put together this handy list of theatre terms to help you out anywhere you might be, from the front of house to the green room.
ARTICULATION: The clarity with which a person speaks. To speak with proper articulation is to speak clearly, pronouncing letters and words properly so the audience can understand.
BLOCKING: The actors’ movement and stage positions during a performance.
CHEAT OUT: When an actor turns his body so the audience has a better view. Two actors cheating out would not face each other directly, but turn enough so that the audience sees their faces and bodies instead of just their profiles.
CROSS: A move from one part of the stage to another.
CUE: For actors, the part of a script or show immediately before an actor’s line or action that signals the actor to proceed (i.e. entering, saying a line, answering the door, etc.)
CURTAIN CALL: The cast bow at the end of a show.
DICTION: The quality or style of speaking an actor uses to demonstrate his character. It includes elements such as accent, enunciation, and inflection.
IMPROVISATION: Acting done spontaneously and without a script; everything is made up on the spot. Often used in rehearsals to strengthen understanding of character.
PACING: The rate at which a scene is played.
PROJECTION: The volume at which you speak. If a director tells an actor to project, that actor is not being loud enough vocally to fill the space.
COSTUME: The clothing worn by characters on stage.
CUE: In technical terms, the prompt (be it a line or an event) for an action to be carried out at a specific time. Lighting and sound cues are called for by the stage manager, following along in the script with the events of the show.
DESIGN: The plan or convention for the construction or creation of an element of a play. Sets, lighting, sound, costume, plots, and make-up all require designs.
LIGHTING: The deliberate use of light to illuminate the stage or convey a location or emotion.
PLOT: In technical terms, the plot refers to the design of the lights. The lighting plot maps out the color, location, brightness, and shift between lighting cues.
PROPS/PROPERTIES: The objects actors interact with onstage. Items such as books, knives, and parasols are props.
SOUND: The deliberate use of auditory effects, music, and voice to enhance the story told onstage.
STRIKE: At the end of the run of a show, when the set and all other technical aspects are taken apart, clearing the stage for the next show. Strike generally occurs immediately after the close of the last performance.
ACTOR: The person who portrays a character in a play.
CAST: The group of actors who play all the characters in a show.
CHOREOGRAPHER: The person who designs and teaches the dancing and other specialized movement such as stage combat.
DESIGNER: The person or persons responsible for devising and creating technicals aspect of the show such as lighting, sound, costume, make-up, or props.
DIRECTOR: The individual who oversees the mounting of a stage play. He or she is in charge of all designers, bringing everything together to a cohesive whole. He or she also oversees the actors and all action onstage.
DRAMATURG: This person deals mainly with research and development for plays and operas. He or she primarily deals with the historical and cultural aspects of the play.
HOUSE MANAGER: The person in charge of the front of house, including ushers, concessions, playbill distribution, etc.
PLAYWRIGHT: A person who writes plays.
STAGE/RUN CREW: The people behind the scenes who keep the play running. They change scenery, control the elements that fly on and off the stage, help actors with quick changes, and more.
STAGE MANAGER: This person has the overall responsibility of making a show run smoothly. He or she is in charge of all of the stage crew and technicians once the show begins, calling cues and overseeing scenery changes, etc. During rehearsals, the stage manager often acts as a prompter, keeping track of the script for the director and actors.
CENTER / CENTER STAGE: The center position of the stage. Generally considered the most “powerful” position on the stage.
DOWNSTAGE: The section of stage nearest to the audience.
DOWN LEFT: The front left of the stage, when facing the audience.
DOWN RIGHT: The front right of the stage, when facing the audience. After center stage, this is generally considered the second-most powerful section of the stage as it’s the first place audiences trained to read from left-to-right usually look.
STAGE RIGHT: The section of stage to the actor’s right as he faces the audience.
STAGE LEFT: The section of stage to the left of an actor as he faces the audience.
UPSTAGE: The section of stage furthest from the audience.
UP LEFT: The back left section of the stage, when facing the audience. Generally considered the ‘weakest’ position on stage as it is the last place the audience is likely to look.
UP RIGHT: The back right section of the stage, when facing the audience.
BACKSTAGE: The wings, or the parts of the stage off left and off right, unseen by the audience.
BOX OFFICE: The place where tickets are sold.
CONTROL BOOTH: Often in the back of the theatre behind the audience, this is the room where lights and sound are controlled.
COSTUME SHOP: The room where costumes are designed, built, altered, and mended.
DRESSING ROOMS: The rooms where the actors get into their costumes and make-up.
GREEN ROOM: A room backstage for actors to gather, relax, and prepare before or during a show.
HOUSE: The place where the audience sits to watch the performance. A “full house” means every seat for that performance is sold.
LOBBY: An entrance hall or area outside the theatre and house where audiences can wait before a show begins or during intermission.
MAINSTAGE: Usually the largest performance space in a venue and the place where bigger productions are staged.
SCENE SHOP: The place where play sets, scenery, and props are built and prepared for a show.
STUDIO THEATRE: A smaller performance space, often used for experimental productions.
Michael Karl has lived in the Milwaukee area for most of his life, leaving for a few years to live in Texas. His artistic background started while attending the University of Wisconsin studying photography and painting. He continued further with his education attending Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD).
Travels to Ireland photographing the architectural history of the country, his works have been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the state. While on a trip to New Orleans he became aware of artists working in encaustic. On his return to Wisconsin his research found a small group of artists working in this medium. Studying with these artists, he found a love of working in wax which has been his main artistic focus for a number of years.
His works are held in private collections as well as being shown in exhibits and gallery shows.
He is a member of the International Encaustic Artists Association and Wiswax, a Wisconsin based encaustic artists group. Michael is involved in multiple conferences and classes working with artists who have pioneered the encaustic process both national and internationally.
Here’s what he has to say about this show:
“Encaustic” comes from a Greek word meaning “to burn in”. Encaustic painting was first used by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C.
These paintings represent several series:
Moving Forward utilizes bold color and line to express the many journeys we take in our lifetime. Documenting the changing paths we may encounter, times of confusion, being stuck or held in limbo until we are ready to break thru and move forward.
Pathways In comes from a place of lines and movement. Mapping directions our brain takes on through our life and how it stays within our mind.
My hope is this body of work stimulates thought and question stemming from your own place and time.
Preparation is key when creating with encaustic. My process begins with making the encaustic medium, melting large quantities of clear beeswax and resin (which is extracted from trees) creates my supply of medium. Adding pigments to smaller quantities of melted wax, my “paints” are kept liquid on a heated palette. I begin a painting by writing a question or message on my working surface that I will be painting on. Fusing layers of wax to my surface, I then incorporate graphite, inks and various methods of inscribing and scrapping to create a translucent, organic quality that gives depth and texture to the painting. Allowing time for the painting to cure, I then buff them. This removes cloudiness or “bloom” from the wax and enhances the color and shine to the finished painting.
A studio filled with the aroma of beeswax and resin, creates a meditative place for thought, process and creation!
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WE’RE HAVIN’ A HEAT WAVE!!!
Come see Marilyn Monroe in the number that scandalized Ed Sullivan and celebrate the end of summer at Waukesha Civic Theatre’s PIX Flix – There’s No Business Like Show Business – September 19 at 6:30 pm!
This 1954 musical/comedy – highlighting the genius of composer Irving Berlin- is a veritable Who’s Who of Hollywood greats, staring Ethel Merman, Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Daily and Richard Eastman. If you love laughter, singing and musical dance numbers (…and who doesn’t?!) this is a MUST SEE!
Waukesha Civic Theatre is celebrating its 60th season of bringing great entertainment to Waukesha, and it is not hard to imagine PIX theater patrons of the past filling the seats to watch this movie spectacle unfold in Fox’s first musical in Cinema Scope and DeLuxe Color!!! Come join the tradition!
Based on a story by Lamar Trotti, There’s No Business Like Show Business follows the family of Terry and Molly Donahue (Dan Dailey and Ethel Merman) as they shepherd their brood of three (Johnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O’Connor) through the ups and downs of vaudeville life. The film is a tribute to the power of a loving family and is chock full of romance, comedic intrigue, dancing, music and a plethora of show girls (and boys). Fans of the golden age of Hollywood will not want to miss this gem with musical numbers: “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and, of course, the film’s namesake sung by Ethel Merman herself. Everything about it is appealing!!
Although it received lukewarm reviews when first released, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards and Donald O’Connor later called it the best picture he ever made.
Make it your business to come see There’s No Business Like Show Business, September 19 at 6:30 pm See you there!!
WCT Board Director
Have you ever been to the PIX to see a movie?
Please consider coming to see the award winning 1962 American biographical film The Miracle Worker on Monday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m.
The screenplay by William Gibson is based on his 1959 Broadway play which was based on the 1902 autobiography of Helen Keller called The Story of My Life.
Anne Bancroft won the Academy Award for Best Actress portraying the tutor Anne Sullivan and Patty Duke won the Award for Best Supporting Actress portraying the young Helen Keller, blind and deaf since infancy due to a severe case of scarlet fever.
The plot centers around a battle of wills as Anne breaks down Helen’s walls of silence and darkness through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness.
The Miracle Worker holds a perfect 100% score from the movie critics site Rotten Tomatoes and is ranked #15 on the American Film Institute’s list of America’s Most Inspiring Movies.
Time Out London’s review said, “It’s a stunningly impressive piece of work…deriving much of its power from the performances. Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft spark off each other with a violence and emotional honesty rarely seen in the cinema lighting up each other’s loneliness, vulnerability, and plain fear.”
Patty Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, after which she devoted much of her life to advocating for and educating the public on mental health issues.
Since Patty Duke died this past March 29, what better way to honor her memory than coming to see the film that made her a star at 16 for the role that she had originated on Broadway?
WCT Board Director
We end our 59th Mainstage season (and thirteen years of putting up with me as WCT’s Managing Artistic Director) with a show that is perfectly silly and full of fun … Fawlty Towers. This John Cleese British television farce has become a cult classic and Netflix favorite. The show is a potpourri of delightful and hilarious characters and situations.
We recently announced our lineup for our historic 60th season and are thrilled about the variety of high quality entertainment we are offering for our Diamond Anniversary. We are sure that you, the Waukesha community, will find something you like from our list of exciting entertainment.
In addition to that, we have been blessed with the incredible support of the Waukesha community as you support us as patrons, donors, and volunteers. We are excited about the future and the possibilities that lie before us, and we can’t to move into the next season with enthusiasm for the arts, our community partners, and all of the people that have been touched, and will be touched by the Waukesha Civic Theatre, a true gem in the heart of Wisconsin. I want to thank everyone for joining us, and I hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we are.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider a donation of any size to our Spotlight On The Future Campaign, a major gift drive with a goal to raise $750,000, providing capital for upgrades that will enhance the theatre experience, increase advertising revenue, decrease operating expenses, and provide for building maintenance. We have raised more than a third of our goal, but we need your help to reach the full amount.
Managing Artistic Director
What better way to end our 59th Season at Waukesha Civic Theatre than with the outrageous laughs provided by Basil Fawlty and friends in Fawlty Towers, based on the 1970s British sitcom of the same name. I have fond childhood memories of watching Fawlty Towers with my father when it was first aired in the US; it was one of the few TV shows he thought was worth watching. It’s an all-time classic, to be sure, as the British Film Institute put the show at #1 on its BFI TV 100 in 2000.
In our upcoming 60th Season, we’ve got more classics planned in our Mainstage series, starting with Gypsy in September and followed by To Kill A Mockingbird. To help celebrate this big milestone season, the cast of Gypsy will include the incomparable Kelli Cramer, starring as Rose, and John Cramer as Herbie. John will also direct Gypsy, and auditions for all remaining roles will be held on June 17-18.
For further details on Waukesha Civic Theatre’s 60th Season, feel free to pick up a 2016-2017 Season Calendar on your way out – better yet, take more than one, give them to friends, and let them know about the wonderful shows you’ve see here.
Finally, as a board director who is also an actor, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support of Waukesha Civic Theatre. This institution means so much to me and to everyone else on-stage, off-stage, and behind the scenes; it’s truly a blessing in our lives. Thank you!