Tag: Theatre and Dance

Student performance of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ will play Cofrin Hall

Announced at the June 24 reveal, UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff will have center stage in the Weidner with main-stage performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” November 19-20. UWGB Music and Theatre programs are highlighted exclusively in a two-page spread in the Weidner’s 2015-16 season guide.

UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary will feature faculty lecture series

The lineup is set for the UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary “Last Lecture Series” for the 2015-16 academic year. Each presentation is a Wednesday event beginning at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre.

The lineup of distinguished faculty lecturers:
Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
Oct. 21 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing, “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit”

Last chance to catch ‘The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway’


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.

Gerds reviews ‘The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway’

The UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance program enters the second half of the two-week run of the world-premiere play “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” with shows at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday (April 30-May 2). Critic-at-large Warren Gerds reviewed an opening-weekend performance and allowed that the newly finished comedy/drama by New York playwright Peter Ullian “seems to have an inexhaustible supply of surprises over its two hours and 40 minutes. You can’t nod off because some new twist, albeit weird, is about to happen. It could be about bear meat stew, sexual proclivities, the worth/unworth of Taylor Swift, the undead, spontaneous poetry or making an iPhone-driven movie with a nonexistent budget with an impromptu script and lots and lots and lots of nude scenes and varietal sex. So much of ‘The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway’ is a crock, and that’s what makes it fun…” Gerds praises the student cast members, “who do a phenomenal job of creating their individual characters and fleshing them out. Each character comes with a distinct identity that’s sometimes over the top, sometimes off the wall and always figured out.” Read the full review.

Daughter follows in Carlson-Gardner’s footsteps

“Moving in leaps and bounds!” That’s the way UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance faculty member Denise Carlson-Gardner is describing her daughter Natalie’s career success. Dancer Natalie Gardner, 19, moved to Los Angles less than a year ago and has earned dance roles in commercials, TV pilots, a motion picture and, most recently, in a music video starring Tawj Mowry of the ABC Family sitcom “Baby Daddy.” Mowry’s first solo single/music video, “Flirt,” will be released on Tuesday (April 28). He and his dancers (including Natalie) will premiere “Flirt” on Fox TV’s “The Real” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” on the same day. Natalie Gardner can also be seen dancing in the national commercial for XL Energy Drink as well as in the motion picture “Straight Outta Compton” opening in theatres this summer.

New play ‘Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway’ debuts Friday

“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.

Playwright’s final product influenced by faculty, students here

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.

New play ‘Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway’ debuts at UW-Green Bay

New play debuts at UW-Green Bay“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” a newly created play by New York playwright Peter Ullian, will enjoy its premiere performance Friday night, April 24, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The five-show run also includes performances Saturday, April 25, and Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2. Curtain time is 7:30 each night in the University Theatre, located in Theatre Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Ullian has spent the spring semester as artist in residence at UW-Green Bay with the Theatre and Dance academic program. He collaborated with students and faculty in finishing a script he had started previously.

“The student actors were essential to the development of the play,” Ullian says, who is the production’s director. “The details have grown and deepened thanks to the input of the young men and women playing the parts, as well as those on the production team.”

“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” 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.

The host, Honoré, chose the date because she wanted company as she marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of her spouse, Sammie, whose mysterious disappearance was believed to be a swimming accident. One of the friends, Delia, is writing a screenplay and cajoling her friends to play parts written for them in a movie she hopes to record and edit on her iPhone, and another, Lindsey, can’t understand why the others are upset she has brought her boyfriend, who happens to make great sandwiches. The very nature of reality is brought into question when Honoré reveals she has experienced a supernatural encounter, and when unexpected visitors bring startling revelations.

Peter Ullian

Peter Ullian

Ullian says he wanted to write a play with characters approximately the same age as the student actors at UW-Green Bay.



“In both professional and academic theatre settings, we often have actors playing characters much older or much younger than they really are,” Ullian says, and that’s fine, “but sometimes it’s nice when actor and character provide a closer fit, and it creates that authenticity.”

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 perform the play at UW-Green Bay.

“I have my own set of references that undoubtedly date me, but I’m bombarded by the same media onslaught that my students are,” Ullian says, “so Taylor Swift and Yoko Ono have become part of one big smorgasbord of pop culture we all share.”

Ullian’s residency was made possible by the Forward Phoenix Play Project supported through private donations by the UW-Green Bay First Nighters theatre support organization. Prof. Laura Riddle, chair of the academic program and managing director of Theatre, says the experience has given students a window into the creative process and the opportunity to work under the direction of a playwright/director. Additionally, students took part in staged readings of two other new works by Ullian, “Fair City” and “Pan American.”

A member of The Dramatists Guild, Ullian’s work includes the book for the musical, “Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” directed by Hal Prince and nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. His play “Big Bossman” has just been published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

The ensemble student cast at UW-Green Bay for “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” features Stephanie Frank as Honoré, Kate Akerboom as Delia, Ashley Wisneski as Allie, Katelyn Kluever as Lindsey, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz as Pippa, Daniel Taddy as Rand, Andrew Delaurelle as Baz, and Emily Ahrens in multiple roles as Sammie/Caitlin/Jocelyn. Student Elizabeth Kierin Barlament is the set designer.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and youth. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets or by calling (920) 465-2400 or (800) 328-tkts. More information about UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre/.

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Photos from Florence

travel course to Florence

Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston led a travel course March 13-22 titled “VOCALISSIMO: Tones of Florence.” Nine singers presented a concert of American music theater and opera arias on Thursday, March 19, at the Duomo Auditorium, a performing venue built by the DelBianco Foundation. The performers included two UWGB alumni, Kerry Kuplic, assistant professor at Dodge City Community College, Kansas and three of his students, and Tessa Wegenke, Minn., as well three UWGB Theater and Music students. Meredith Livingston has taken more than 100 students to Florence, Italy over the years. The DelBianco Foundation sets up a fantastic program for the group that includes Italian classes in the morning, afternoon museum visits and the performance.

travel course to Florence

travel course to Florence

Reminder: DanceWorks this Weekend

DanceWorks is the upcoming main stage concert of dance from UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance. Get your tickets now for this high-energy show, Saturday and Sunday (March 28-29). Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth in advance and $10 and $7 at the door. $5 for UWGB students. For a press release including cast members and ticket prices.