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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.

Arts and Entertainment are two fields of interest for many folks who have ever had a positive moment in the theatre or on his or her television. Between a staged performance of ANYTHING GOES to American Idol, people all over the world are interested in knowing what is going on when. The segment of the 3rd Annual PR & Social Media Summit that I was able to enjoy was entitled, Social Media Impact on Arts and Entertainment: A Discussion. The gentlemen and brilliant woman who sat at the panel were, Greg Kot, music critic from the Chicago Tribune, Mary Louise Schumacher, art and architecture critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Joshua Arter, advertising student from Marquette University.

Greg Kot, Mary Louise Schumacher, and Joshua Arter at the 2011 PR & Social Media Summit at Marquette University

Much of what was said at the Summit focused around the theory, If you’re not giving the customer what they want, they’re not going to be your customer for long. In one way or another, each of the three folks on the panel touched base on how social media could be the best thing for an organization if used wisely and efficiently, or it could be viewed completely as a trivial thing that a given organization should do.

If a given organization is in tune with the social media it has, the organization can reap the benefits of being increasingly more in tune with what the audience/listener is thinking. That being said, it was mentioned that Facebook is too much where as twitter allows for important information to be nice and condensed. This generation is very much about instant gratification, and twitter allows people to be satisfied. However, with Twitter the risk is run that orginazations or even people who badger information. Creating a help me/help you situation is the best way to work the social media playing field.

Many of these helpful hints in regards to properly and effectively working through the social media world can be found on Greg Kot’s as well as Mary Louise Schumacher.

Greg Kot at his Chicago Tribune Office

Mary Louise Schumacher

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Marquette University’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS brings many smiles and much laughter to the Helfaer Theatre on campus.

Over the course of the past few months, the Marquette University Department of Media and Performing Arts has been working day and night to produce this year’s first production, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. The show has been an incredible success, as well as a joy to watch. Lead, Timothy Braun, senior Theatre Arts and Public Relations Majors, shines as he portrays Seymour. Between the heightened interpretation of his character, and his ability to seemingly effortlessly hit every note in the scale, Timothy’s performance is a joy to watch. He as been seen on Marquette’s Stage in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTRY SPELLING BEE among many others. Timothy will be seen in the next Marquette Mainstage production of Holy Days as Will, one of the four leads.

Timothy Braun as Seymour with Maria Tsikalas, Brittany Green and Alexis Hamburg as the trio.

Alexandra Bonesho portrays Timothy’s opposite as the role of Audrey. Alexandra is also a senior Theatre Arts Major. She was last seen in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.

Lex Gernon, Timothy Braun, Alexandra Bonesho and Armando Ronconi in the ending scene of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

Marquette is extremely proud of their students in many ways. The Performing and Media Arts department is thrilled to share with students, faculty, staff and members of the Milwaukee and Chicagoland areas (among many others) the brilliant talent these young men and women bring to the stage.

Please consider purchasing tickets to future Marquette Theatre Productions at http://theatretickets.marquette.edu.

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