Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: De Pere-Green Bay troupe maps 2017-18

Evergreen Theatre

DE PERE, Wis. - Evergreen Theatre, a community theater company for adults and youth in the De-Pere-Green Bay area, will present seven productions in its 2017-2018 season.

The independent company performs in Webb Theatre of St. Norbert College’s Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts.

Info: evergreentheater.org.

Here is an overview, with descriptions from the company:

Main Stage

+ “Vintage Hitchcock” by Joe Landry, directed by Darby Kern: Sept. 22-24 and 28-30.

‚ÄčReintroducing the format of a 1940s radio broadcast triple feature with “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps,” this play uses vintage commercials, recreates a daring train chase and contains a serial killer’s ominous presence and a devastating explosion. It’s all done through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. Alfred Hitchcock comes to life.

+ “A Christmas Carol” adaptated from Charles Dickens, directed by Michael J. Laskowski: Dec. 8-10 and 14-16.

A Christmas classic telling the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a ghostly visit from his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

+ “Next Fall” by Geoffrey Nauffts, directed by Lee Kerwin: Feb. 9-11 and 15-17.

The 2016 Tony Award nominee play follows two men in a five-year gay relationship with conflicting views on faith. When tragedy strikes one of them, the other must examine his beliefs and face questions and criticism from their friends and family. A look at love and marriage, and how we face death, regardless of faith or orientation.

+ “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Kimberly King: May 4-6 and 10-12.

This play tells the true story of a 19th-century Wisconsinite, Henrietta Leavitt. She leaves home to begin work at the Harvard Observatory, joining a group of women “computers” who are not allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. The touching and inspiring play explores the toll on a woman when a passion for science must be at odds with her family, relationships and health. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, the suffragette movement and the oppression of women in the workplace, “Silent Sky” ultimately celebrates the joy of discovery.

Young Actors

‚Äč+ “Charlotte’s Web” by Joesph Robinette, directed by Michelle Oren: Oct. 5-8.

“Some Pig. Humble. Radiant.” These words are written by a spider on her web high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spider web tells of a little pig named Wilbur and his friends Charlotte, Fern, a girl who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter and others. Base on E.B. White’s tender classic of friendship, love, life and death.

+ “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson, directed by Ruth Novak. Nov. 16-19.

An Evergreen tradition. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. There’s mayhem – and fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.

+ “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” adapted by Richard R. George from the play by Roald Dahl, directed by Ruth Novak: Feb. 25-28.

Join Charlie Bucket, his grandfather, and four lucky contest winners on a tour through the factory of the mysterious candy mogul Willy Wonka.

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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