Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Fox Valley Play Troupe’s 2019 Season Includes January Production

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Attic Chamber Theatre, Inc. will present four productions in 2019 as the troupe celebrates its 69th season.

Performances will be in the Lucia Baehman Theatre in the Communication Arts Building of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.

According to press releases:

+ The season opens Jan. 17-25 with Wisconsin-born playwright Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “Our Town.” Directing is Berray Billington, president of Attic Chamber Theatre, Inc.

“Our Town” offers an honest portrayal of wholesome American life using pantomime and minimal set, allowing the focus to be on the play’s message.

Auditions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Oct. 29 at All Saints Church, 100 N. Drew St., Appleton. Actors will be asked to read scenes from the script and pantomime daily tasks. The role of Stage Manager has been precast and will be played by Stephen Savides. All other roles are available. Two boys, 8 to 12, and one girl, age 11 to 13, are specifically needed. Audition packets are available for perusal at the Appleton, Menasha and Neenah public libraries. The production will run for eight performances. More information is at attictheatreinc.com, and click on Auditions.

+ The summer season begins June 7-15 with Margaret Raether’s adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s “Jeeves Intervenes.”

There is mistaken identity, ridiculously improbable circumstances and foolishness of the highest order.

Set in the 1920s, high-society London is thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India.

Will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves? The romp is full of deception and disguise. Think one-part early Noel Coward, plus one-part late Oscar Wilde.

+ Next, June 21-29, is the presentation of Matthew Barber’s adaptation of “Enchanted April” based on the 1920 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim.

Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and forgotten in the rush of 1920s post-war society, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience.

Together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash and then begin to bond and bloom until the men once again upset the balance.

+ The season closes July 17-26 with the musical “She Loves Me,” with book by Joesph Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.

The warm romantic comedy features endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance.

“She Loves Me” is set in a 1930s European perfumery. The audience meets shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, often, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they receive, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.

As Amalia and Georg discover the identity of their true loves, all sorts of the twists and turns meet them along the way.

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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