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.