The UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance program closes the run of the world-premiere play “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (May 1 and 2) in the University Theatre. The unique set places audiences on stage to enjoy the new comedy/drama by New York playwright Peter Ullian.
“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” a brand-new play by New York playwright Peter Ullian, will enjoy its premiere performance Friday night, April 24, at UW-Green Bay. The five-show run also includes performances Saturday, April 25, and Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2, with curtain time 7:30 each night in the University Theatre. Ullian’s play, completed during his residency this semester with the Theatre and Dance program, is described as a comedy-drama about identity and the nature of love. It tells the story of a group of college friends who gather for a Fourth of July weekend at a secluded lake house. For details on the show.
In writing and directing “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” visiting artist Peter Ullian is celebrating his collaboration with UW-Green Bay students and faculty on finishing a script he had started previously. “The student actors were essential to the development of the play,” Ullian says, adding that he wanted to write a play with characters approximately the same age as the student actors at UW-Green Bay. He resisted the temptation to set the action in his own college years — although one character does have sort of a 1980s sensibility — and instead chose a voice closer to the millennial-generation students who will give “Pawtuckaway” its first fully staged performance. Ullian’s residency was made possible by the Forward Phoenix Play Project supported through private donations by the First Nighters theatre support organization.
The UW-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir will be joined by community artists in performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. Featured will be music from a wide variety of composers, including Thomas Morley, Hans Leo Hassler, Orlando Gibbons, Moses Hogan and others. Associate Prof. Randall Meder conducts both the Chorale and the Concert Choir.
Eric Hansen, associate professor of Music, earned a lengthy ovation and a glowing review from WFRV’s Warren Gerds for his featured turn with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay in Sunday’s concert at the Meyer Theatre. In playing the clarinet concerto that Mozart composed in the final months of his life in 1791, “Hansen played comfortably and in complete control of Mozart’s dips, rises, shifts and variations, sometimes within milliseconds of one another,” Gerds wrote. “Hansen’s skill and dexterity fueled an appreciation for the scope of the instrument… Mozart had a gift, and Hansen tapped into that with a fine, fine performance” To read more.
Police Lt. Jeff Gross of UW-Green Bay’s Public Safety division is a good sport. So much so that when this week’s well-attended “MythBusters” show on campus called for an audience-participation bit involving an Imperial Stormtrooper costume from the Star Wars series, Gross was a perfect fit. Photo and details.
There are some good tickets remaining (but not all that many) for Tuesday’s big Weidner Center show by the guys behind the very popular Emmy-nominated Discovery Network series “MythBusters.” Stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage have started a stage show that promises on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories.
Gypsy Trip, your friendly neighborhood jazz collective of UW-Green Bay faculty and alumni, will be part of a fundraising night this Saturday (April 11) at Luna Coffee and Roastery, 330 Main Avenue, De Pere. The night is intended to support the local March of Dimes walk group, Team Reminator, named for a local boy, Remi, born with serious health issues. A suggested donation of $10 gets you in to sample great food and drink from S.A.L.T., Joe’s Texas Barbecue, and Titletown Brewing Company – and, of course, access to Gypsy Trip’s eclectic musical stylings. The music plays from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday’s iteration of Gypsy Trip includes Adam Gaines, trumpet; Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, horn and vocals; Jordan Koel and Tyler Rindo, guitars; Michael Dewhirst, bass; and Adam LeGrave, percussion.
The Student Convocation Recital takes place this Friday (April 10) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Any and all are welcome to stop by for all or part of the performance, which will feature the student Saxophone Quartet and the New Music Ensemble. We’ll have more program info and a link to the full release in our next issue.
UW-Green Bay Music will highlight the music of Frederic Chopin in “Stories without Words,” the next installment of its 360° Thursdays concert series, at 6:30 p.m. April 9 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. UW-Green Bay faculty member and pianist Michael Rector will take the listener on a musical journey using Chopin’s work as a roadmap in this lecture-recital.