Monday, May 14, 2018

Celebrating CELEBRATION's rave reviews!!!

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May 17, 18, 19
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Left to Right: Josh Perkins as Orphan; Ali Rice as Angel and David Flores as Mr. Rich
in Windfall Theatre's production of CELEBRATION
CELEBRATION


Review by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman
 
It is rare to see two musicals by the same creative team in the same week. Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, best known for "The Fantasticks," presently playing at the Tenth Street Theatre, also collaborated in writing "Celebration," a less-performed but still delightful creation, well produced by Windfall Theatre, known for unearthing dramatic gems. Schmidt and Jones also enjoyed success with "I Do I Do."

This play contrasts light and darkness, generosity and greed, life and death, and joy and despair. It employs a narrator, just as "The Fantasticks" does, one who offers commentary as the story proceeds and also plays the character Potemkin. Shayne Steliga has both the presence and the voice to give the role the stature it needs. He provides the wisdom that a fable typically conveys.

The rather na├»ve orphan, played by Josh Perkins, symbolizes innocence and longing. He is still hopeful that he will find his lost garden. Then we meet two other important characters – Mr. Rich, so beautifully portrayed by David Flores, and Angel, nicely rendered by Alicia Rice. Angel wants to become a TV star, or so she thinks. Because she sees fame as a more desirable commodity than love, she initially scorns the advances of the Orphan. He can’t provide her with the fame and fortune that she sees as the ultimate goal.

Mr. Rich has lost his zest for life, having achieved wealth but little else with his varied inventions. He has all his mirrors covered because he can’t face his mortality and his loveless life. Flores brings depth to the role. His ability to be both comedic and dramatic, along with his lovely voice, all serve him well as this character.

The rest of the cast of seven provides movement and ensemble music, both significant contributions to the beauty of the whole.

Angel is seen as the answer to Mr. Rich’s boredom and inability to experience emotion, and she sees him as her pathway to success, though she has second thoughts when she compares him to the young, hopeful Orphan, to whom she is more naturally attracted.

Alicia Rice has a clear, pure soprano voice and also moves with grace. The chorus takes on multiple roles as needed to tell the story but are most effective when they are the cleverly masked revelers. The whole strong and melodic ensemble participates in most of the songs.

Though none of the tunes have a life outside the story, many of them echo some of the musical motifs heard in "The Fantasticks." Orphan and Angel meld nicely in "Love Song" and "Under the Tree." "Where Did It Go" and "Bored" are Mr. Rich’s strongest numbers, and "Celebration" that begins and ends the story is very nicely executed by the whole group.

Carol Zippel’s overall direction along with the musical direction of Paula Foley Tillen, the choreography of Alicia Rice and the costume design of Liz Shipe all combine to provide lovely entertainment and a reminder to celebrate the wonders of our precarious, lovely little lives while we have them.










Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CELEBRATION

Milwaukee Premiere & Windfall Theatre Season 25 Finale!

CELEBRATION
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics & Book by Tom Jones
May 3 - 19






Friday, March 23, 2018

DANCING WITH HAMLET RAVE REVIEWS!

Donna Daniels as Rosie Flack in Windfall Theatre's production of DANCING WITH HAMLET by Deanna Strasse



Josh Scheibe as Wilde Flack, Melody Lopac as Elvira Flack and Cory Jefferson Hagen as Beau Flack
in Windfall Theatre's production of DANCING WITH HAMLET by Deanna Strasse



.....The acting on the part of all the characters is stunning. Cory Jefferson Hagen is the family peacemaker and voice of reason as the oldest son Beau.  Josh Scheibe, as the family rebel Wilde, stirs things up, determined to sabotage his mother’s plans; Melody Lopac, the complex, conflicted daughter Elvira, like Hamlet, ruminates a lot; Donna Daniels, as the tempestuous Rosie, renders her as strong, demanding and easily unglued; her partner-to-be Tony Simms, beautifully rendered by Emmit Morgans, is multi-dimensional, showing different sides of himself depending on his audience; and lastly, Amanda  J. Hull, the kindly, concerned neighbor, is probably the most stable character in the whole bunch.  The touching scene between her and Tony is one of the most revealing and surprising scenes in the entire play.
It was fascinating to watch things unfold in the few days we spent with this family. Will anything get resolved in a fashion that satisfies everyone, or anyone, for that matter?  Stay tuned.
Well directed by Carol Zippel of Windfall Theatre who is using  Brumder’s intimate space for this production.  It is a perfect fit on all counts. Well-designed set by Amanda J. Hull as well.
Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman



Friday, March 9, 2018

DANCING WITH HAMLET by Deanna Strasse






Melody Lopac as Elvira Flack





Donna Daniels as Rosie Flack

Josh Scheibe as Wilde Flack











Amanda J. Hull as Jean
Cory Jefferson Hagen as Beau Flack


Emmitt Morgans as Dr. Tony Simms




Monday, February 19, 2018

ONLY FOUR MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THE SHOW!
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STONES IN HIS POCKETS

 
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“I loved every minute of it…
two very versatile, flexible actors pull off
15 characters…
Robert W. C. Kennedy and Joe Picchetti…with a simple switch of a hat, a scarf or a pair of glasses, plus different body language or accents… transform themselves in an instant, move the scenery around as needed, and convey a huge range of emotions... making it all look easy…”
 
~ Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman

Two Actors Play A Cast Of Hundreds

Robert W.C. Kennedy (left) & Joe Picchetti (right)
Star in Windfall Theatre's production of
STONES IN HIS POCKETS



Windfall Theatre's production of STONES IN HIS POCKETS
Closes Saturday, February 24 2018
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Friday, January 26, 2018

STONES IN HIS POCKETS




WINDFALL SEASON 25 CONTINUES

3 More Theatrical Adventures Await You
in Windfall Theatre's 25th Anniversary
Celebration Season!!!
STONES IN HIS POCKETS
DANCING WITH HAMLET
CELEBRATION!
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Attend WITTENBERG Receive LUTHER Ticket Discount


A REFORMATION DOUBLE PLAY!
WITTENBERG
by David Davalos
September 29 – October14, 2017 TICKETS $20
(9/29, 9/30, 10/6, 10/7, 10/9, 10/12, 10/13, 10/14 at 8pm)
Village Church Arts —- 130 E. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

The fall semester at Wittenberg U finds Hamlet Prince of Denmark class of
1517 with an undeclared major. His philosophy professor Dr. John Faustus
has finally decided to marry his paramour, a former nun turned courtesan,
and his theology professor Martin Luther is dealing with the spiritual and
medical consequences of his outrage at abusive practices of the Church.
Hysterically funny and poignantly touching the play takes the fictional characters
of Christopher Marlowe’s Faustus and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and throws
them together with the renaissance religious reformer Martin Luther and
places the three of them on the campus of Wittenberg U to hash out their
theories about the mysteries of the universe, existence, women, love and God.

LUTHER by John Osborn ~ A historical reading
November 9-12, 2017 TICKETS $20
11/9, 11/10, 11/11 at 7:30pm; 11/12 at 3pm
Our Savior’s —- 3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Winner of the Olivier & Tony Awards for Best Play
This exciting play reveals the man beneath the cowl. Here, then is Luther the
man, monk and mind in all its doubts, honesty and clarity of purpose lifting his
book in his hand and saying, “Here I stand.”

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