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When Velociraptors Attack!

VelociraptorThis morning, at the theatre, there was a tragic accident. We have been dealing with an infestation of velociraptors for a few months now. Usually the attacks occur early in the morning and are quite brief. The velociraptors are like tiny, sharp-toothed lunchroom bullies. They rush in, steal your lunch, leave you bruised and embarrassed, and rush out again. They can be fended off with a combination of inspiring courage and Nerf guns. However, the latest attack appeared to be very carefully planned. Instead of appearing as we are just settling in for the day, the velociraptors broke into the office before anyone arrived. Our Chief Office Ornithologist and Resident Pink Flamingo, Floyd, was in his perch above the desks.

Kelly Doherty, our office manager, came in at her usual time this morning. She quickly noticed that something was very wrong: the door was ajar and there were pink feathers all over the floor. Floyd was missing! It looked as though he put up quite a fight. We are all hopeful that he managed to escape the dinosaurs and will return to us soon.

Until Floyd returns to use, the “Meet the…” series he was writing will be put on hold. We appreciate any and all information you may have on the whereabouts and condition of our dear Pink Floyd.

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Hey There, You With The Stars In Your Eyes

The Girl Singer: A Tribute To Rosemary Clooneyby Meghan Hopper

The Waukesha Civic Theatre proudly presents The Girl Singer: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney in a special limited run for the weekend of November 15. Arranged by Ellen Winters, Sam Steffke, and Michael Shirtz, The Girl Singer weaves the music that made an American Sweetheart out of Rosemary Clooney with the story of her troubled life and triumphant return to Jazz in the 1970s.

Award-winning Jazz singer Winters plays Clooney, performing classics like “Come On-a My House,” “Mambo Italiano,” and “This Old House.” And don’t forget the beloved “Sisters” from White Christmas, just in time to start getting in the holiday spirit. Joining Ellen in this production is local crooner Don Lobacz, of Four Guyz In Dinner Jackets.

While Rosemary’s life may not always have been happy, her timeless songs have brought joy to her listeners for generations. Join the Waukesha Civic Theatre for this special celebration of her life and music.

The Waukesha Civic Theatre’s presentation of The Girl Singer: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney opens Friday, November 15th, 2013 with 8:00 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday and closing with a 2:00 p.m. show on Sunday, November 17th.

Tickets are available through the box office, Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and by phone at (262) 547-0708. You can also purchase tickets at the WCT website: http://waukeshacivictheatre.org/57thSeason/RosemaryClooney.html

Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Subscribers and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $17 each. See the website for more information, and be sure to get your tickets in advance for this special limited run!

You Can’t Take It With You Continues its WCT Run ~by Meghan Hopper

Paul, Mr. Kolenkov, and Penny Fireworks going off in the basement, candy cooling in the kitchen, xylophones playing in the living room, and snakes carousing by the front door? Welcome to the Sycamore household. Enjoy the ballet lessons!
The Waukesha Civic Theatre is proud to present You Can’t Take It with You, the beloved comedy from George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. First produced in 1938, You Can’t Take It with You has become the most successfully produced American comedy of the 20th century. Its classic, timeless story has appealed to generations, and WCT is proud to bring it to life once more.
At first glance, the Sycamore family may seem like a strange one. Everyone in the household, from playwright Penny to firework fanatic and occasional painting model De Pinna to printing press and xylophone enthusiast Ed, does exactly what makes him or her happy–with no regard for the expectations outsiders may place on them. When the youngest Sycamore daughter, Alice, falls in love and becomes engaged to Tony, son of a proper and very straight-laced family, their two worlds collide as families meet and wackiness ensues.
The Waukesha Civic Theatre’s production offers a modernized take that still stays true to the spirit of the original story. Still set in 1938, WCT offers a twist in a different way: the role of Grandpa Vanderhof, Penny Sycamore’s father and the heart of the show, is now Nana Vanderhof. Nana, played by Antoinette Stikl, offers a down-to-earth balance to the goofiness of the next few generations, while staying true to herself and the spirit of her family. The play sees another change as boarder Mr. De Pinna, firework maker becomes Ms. De Pinna, firework maker.
You Can’t Take It With You “speaks to universal themes such as individualism, happiness, and being true to yourself,” says director John Kibler. It’s what makes the story such a timeless piece. It’s easy to feel trapped by societal expectations and to lose sight of what makes you happiest, but in the Sycamore household, everyone is accepted for just who they are and where they are.
During the run of the show, the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery will feature art by Anne Wall. Anne’s artistic style is a blend of representational and impressionist techniques, a synthesis of analytical thought and creativity in studies of light, movement and color. Each piece captures a memory of what touched her heart and stimulated her senses.
The Waukesha Civic Theatre’s production of You Can’t Take It With You opened its run Friday, October 18th, 2013 and continues through Sunday, November 3rd.
Tickets are available through the box office, Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and by phone at (262) 547-0708. You can also purchase tickets at the WCT website: http://www.waukeshacivictheatre.org/57thSeason/YouCantTakeItWithYou.html
Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Subscribers and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $17 each. See the website for more information, and be sure to get your tickets in advance!