Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Children's theater at Marinette slates seven performances

'Crumpled Classics'

MARINETTE, Wis. - It’s that time of the year in the Marinette-Menominee-Peshtigo area when many eyes are on University of Wisconsin-Marinette Children’s Theatre.

The company puts on a large production for school groups and the general public. This time, the show “Crumpled Classics” by Craig Sodaro.

Four performances will be held for schools – two performances each on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 15.

Public performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

All performances are in Herbert L. Williams Theatre on campus. Info: marinette.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/theatre.

In the story of “Crumpled Classics,” first-year teacher Ms. Collins is out sick. Quirky students take it upon themselves to pull together the school’s annual “Classics on Parade,” acting out famous stories that they studied in their literature class. 

In the mix are “Romeo and Juliet,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Frankenstein,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Legend of King Arthur.”

Instead of playing the stories straight, the students decide to make the stories relevant to today’s audiences, and comedy erupts.

Action heightens in the middle of the show when the principal calls the superintendent.

Performing are students from the region.

The cast includes from Blesch Intermediate (Menominee, Mich.): Logan Ayers, Blake Bourion, Jasmine Grotto, Andrea LeBoeuf, Alex Meyers, Ozzie Nykanen, Isaiah Peterson, Baylee Zuraski and Henry Zuehls; Central Elementary: Killian Meyers and Daniel Zuehls; Coleman schools: Millie Kosir; Garfield Elementary: James Grandaw; Homeschool: Eddie Dewitt; John Paul II: Rae Leann Black; Marinette High School: Victoria Brumm, Hannah Fields and Jessica Weiss; Marinette Middle School: Madison Arneson, Kaylee Behrendt, Gabe Behrendt, Wyatt Evancheck, Elliot Fields, Anna Grandaw, Dylan Grandaw, Charlie Rowell, Kate Schwaba and Connor Whisler; Menominee Junior High: Jacob Johnson and Madelyn Zelm; Menominee High School: Ashlynn Pattison; Park Elementary: Andie Rasmussen; Peshtigo Elementary: Alaina Archambault, Maysen Brissette, Camyrn Brissette, Lilah Lamal, Laurana Mines, Jasmine Slawinski, Trent Vandewalle and Grant Vandewalle; Peshtigo Middle/High: Maggie Fernandez, Marin Fernandez, Emily Halfmann, Lauren Halfmann, Morgan Nicklaus and Salsabeel Salem; St. Thomas Aquinas Academy: Bryeli Smith and Karah Nelson.

Directing is Brittany Welch. Technical director is Dave Hendrick.
Additional staff includes lighting design by Chris Weber and costume design by Dana Sulk. Stage manager is Marie Arnold.

University of Wisconsin Continuing Education and Extension offers children’s theater opportunities for children ages 6 to 18. Since 1993, the program as presented such well-known plays such as “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Into the Woods,” “Hansel and Gretel” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays.


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