Archive for December, 2011

It’s finally here!! The Marquette Theatre Department is thrilled to be presenting the children’s show, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO SCHOOL, also referred to as MOUSE. The show is based off of the book by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. MOUSE is all about a young boy taking his mouse to school. From the Science Fair to the playground, to the lunchroom and the school bus, the mouse manages to create a wide array of messes. The department looks forward to the play being appropriate for all ages!

As the cast of MOUSE consists of 3 freshmen, 1 sophomore, and 1 senior, the freshmen have taken over the lead roles in this production. Kelly Dillion and Hannah Klapperich-Mueller are the Mouse and Boy respectively. For these 2, it is a full body workout. Kelly and Hannah are constantly running around the stage as to fully portray a grade-school boy and an energetic mouse. The way Kelly and Hannah work together in rehearsal provides a perfect combination of endless energy and trusting friendship.

Kelly Dillon and Hannah Klapperich-Mueller as Mouse and Boy respectively

The department looks forward to this show every year. Hundreds of grade-school students from around the Milwaukee Public School System fill the seats of the Helfaer Theatre eagerly awaiting to see the book come to life. IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO SCHOOL, utilizes the audience members in both physical and vocal ways- a technique used to get and maintain the attention of younger audience members.

This production is directed by guest and local director, James Fletcher. Fletcher runs his own theatre company, Bunny Gumbo as well as directs and teaches at First Stage Children’s Theatre. The cast and crew are grateful for the opportunity to work with a gentlemen like Fletcher who has been in children’s theatre for over 20 years. Stay tuned for more information in regards to how the children respond to the performances by following @mutheatre on Marquette Theatre’s Twitter!

Tickets for this show and the rest of the Marquette University Theatre Department season can be purchased here.


Marquette continues to impress audiences in the play, HOLY DAYS. This show is centered around one family’s trying time during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. As America migrated to find work, one family remained rooted to their barren farm, haunted by loss and the memories of a once-prosperous life. This play is harrowing and uplifting while audience members view the characters strengthen their the human spirit despite the face of seemingly intolerable odds. HOLY DAYS is partially supported by the Theatre and Social Justice Fund.

Katie Callahan, Larry Lajewski, Tim Braun, and Allie Bonesho

Aside from the brilliant direction from Debra Krajec as well as the fantastic acting by Katie Callahan, Larry Lajewski, Tim Braun, and Allie Bonesho, the designs were simply wonderful. For this show, the lighting, scenic, and costume designs were all student driven. The Scenic Design was done by Raquel Garces, ’13; Lex Gernon ’13; and Carissa Saia,’13. The Costume Design was done by Adriana Saia, ’13; Andrea Schoening, ’12; and Madelyne Yee, ’14. Finally, the Lighting Design was done by Nic Trapani, ’14.

Scenic Design by Raquel Garces, Lex Gernon, and Carissa Saia; Costume Design by Adriana Saia, Andrea Schoening, and Madelyn Yee; Lighting Design by Nic Trapani

HOLY DAYS was submitted to American College Theatre Festival (ACTF)-Region III (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.) All of the design team has been asked to attend the conference to continue presenting their work to a larger audience. Being selected to go onto the conference is a rarity and an honor. 3 of the actors have been nominated for an Irene Ryan. An Irene Ryan is quite an honor as well. Allie, Tim and Katie will be competing a scene against other actors from colleges around Region III. The Marquette Theatre Department is currently waiting to hear whether or not the entire show will be brought to the conference, or if it will just be the Irene Ryan competitors and the design team.

Stay tuned for more information about results in regards to ACTF by checking here.