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Announcing the Cast of FLY BY NIGHT

 THANK YOU!

We had a wonderful set of auditions over the last couple days. While we wish we could be doing a 30-40 person musical like we normally would, we’re grateful for the opportunity to do even a smaller show, one that I think is going to be really outstanding.

Below is the cast list for FLY BY NIGHT. There will be a full cast and crew meeting on Tuesday the 13th at 3 PM in the PAC to go over logistics for the show. Crew, this is when your applications will be due. There will be additional applications available if you do not already have one printed and turned in.

In addition, cast can expect to receive an invite to the Slack channel we will be using for the show via email within the next day at the email address you provided on your application. For those who have not been in one of our shows before, Slack is a messaging app that makes communication for show-related matters much easier. I highly recommend downloading it and making sure you have notifications on.

If you have any questions or do not accept your role, please email tjbackes@gmail.com, otherwise I will assume you have accepted your role and will see you on Tuesday!

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CAST

Narrator/Gypsy/Father: JP McCown
Harold McClam: Alex Trevithick
Daphne: Eva Menzia
Miriam: Afnan Al-Shargabi
Joey Storms: Eli Lindner
Crabble: Nathan Kujawa
Mr. McClam: Lucas Trejo

ENSEMBLE

Beverly Osunkwo (+Producer)
Emily Frost (+Pawn Shop Owner)
Kaylyn Hipsley (+Ticket Seller)
Raven Schreiber (+Miriam’s Boss)
Shelby Morgan (+Mother)
Shyann McIntosh (+Emcee)
Skylar Karr (+Driver)
Skyler Heinz (+Daphne’s Boss)

 

Callback List for FLY BY NIGHT

Hey everyone, many thanks to those who came out and auditioned today! I felt like we had a really strong set of auditions–exceeded my expectations and made me even more excited for this show.

Callback list is below. Callbacks will begin at approximately 3:15 after school in the PAC. We will work through each set of roles one at a time, giving you an opportunity to work on the materials before each set of auditions.

Here is a link to the callback materials. Physical copies will be available tomorrow.

Reminder: a callback is no guarantee of a casting, and no callback is not a guarantee of not being cast. The cast list will be posted on Thursday evening sometime after 7:00 PM. Check the instagram at @smhs.theatre for updates as well.

Tim

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NARRATOR

Alex Trevithick
Eli Lindner
Emily Frost
JP McCown
Kaylyn Hipsley

HAROLD MCCLAM

Alex Trevithick
Eli Lindner

DAPHNE

Emily Frost
Eva Menzia
Raven Schreiber
Shyann McIntosh

MIRIAM

Afnan Al-Shargabi
Beverly Osunkwo
Eva Menzia
Kaylyn Hipsley
Skyler Heinz

CRABBLE

JP McCown
Nathan Kujawa
Shelby Morgan

JOEY STORMS

Eli Lindner
Lucas Trejo
Nathan Kujawa
JP McCown

GYPSY

Afnan Al-Shargabi
Eli Lindner
Emily Frost
Kaylyn Hipsley
Nathan Kujawa
Shelby Morgan

Announcing the Cast List for 33 VARIATIONS

It was great to be back in the PAC today to hold auditions for 33 Variations!

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. Cast list is below.

There is a cast and crew meeting at 3 PM tomorrow in the PAC, but depending on how much snow we get, that meeting may be held over Zoom. Keep an eye on the Instagram stories for our page, @smhs.theatre, with information about whether that rehearsal will happen in person or virtually.

Expect a cast email tonight, and invitations to our Slack channel.

Crew, we’ll get you on Slack as well once all applications are in after the Tuesday meeting (some of you are already in).

CAST (in order of appearance)

DR. KATHERINE BRANDT — Kal Knight
CLARA BRANDT — Kaylyn Hipsley
MIKE — Eli Lindner
ANTON DIABELLI — JP McCown
ANTON SCHINDLER — Nathan Kujawa
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN — Alex Trevithick
DR. GERTRUDE LADENBERGER — Riannon Last

PIANO ACCOMPANISTS– Mr. Noah Bossert, Tessa McGrath

Introducing ENOUGH: Plays Against Gun Violence

Quick hits: 

-ENOUGH: Plays against Gun Violence reading on December 14th at 7:30 in the PAC
-Free admission, but donations to Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) graciously accepted
Participation signup link for students HERE

 

We’re smack in the middle of our fall radio play series, and our second of three radio plays, An Evening With Sherlock Holmes, is just a week away. But we’ve got another project coming up this December that we are very much looking forward to!

The project is called ENOUGH: Plays Against Gun Violence. It’s an initiative started by South Milwaukee theater alumnus Michael Cotey, who now works in the midwest (based out of Chicago) as a highly talented theater director and artist.

Here’s some information about the mission of the organization, from its website:

#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence calls on teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre that will spark critical conversations and incite meaningful action in communities across the country. Our mission is to promote playwriting as a tool for self-expression and social change, harnessing this generation’s spirit of activism and providing a platform for America’s playwrights of tomorrow to discover and develop their voices today.

From Michael:

I launched #ENOUGH in 2019 shortly after the consecutive mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. By then I had already witnessed a powerful youth movement emerge shortly after the senseless shooting in Parkland, FL the year prior. March for Our Lives, Students Demand Action and other activist groups were organized, passionate, and rightfully angry. Young people took to the streets (and continue to do so) to manifest the change they wanted to see in the world while policymakers continuously failed to rise to the challenge.

I was inspired. The purpose of #ENOUGH became clear: lend our stages to amplify this growing voice so that it continues to be heard. 

The “meaningful action” our Thespians have chosen to take with this project is to accept donations for the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE), a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to preventing gun violence, injuries and deaths through education and advocacy.

The event we’re hosting is on Monday, December 14th at 7 PM in the PAC. Admission is free, but donations to WAVE will be accepted at the door.

The evening will feature readings of seven 10-minute plays written by the winning high school students of a national play-writing competition. These readings are directed by Thespian students Alex Trevithick, Kal Knight, Kaylyn Hipsley, Nathan Kujawa, Shelby Morgan and Shyann McIntosh.

Each of the plays focuses on different experiences with gun violence, primarily in schools, and how that violence affects different communities and demographics.

Below is a quick overview of the short plays we will be presenting.

We hope you will join us on the evening of December 14th for this special event!

MS. MARTIN’S MALAISE By Adelaide Fisher
Ms. Martin is an ordinary high school teacher, trying to deal with the everyday stress and worrying ‘what-ifs’ of 21st century teaching. But when her worst fears come true, and she is forced to make a difficult decision and an even more difficult confrontation, what will she do? And how will she move forward from it?
Directed by Nathan Kujawa

GUNS IN DRAGONLAND By Eislinn Gracen 
During a recess like any other, Lilah Gordon and her best friend/imaginary dragon, Toucan, set off on a special adventure to help Lilah earn dragon wings of her own. But things go awry when a mysterious noise from her nearby school compels the duo to embark on the biggest quest they have ever encountered.
Directed by Shyann McIntosh

TOGETHA By Azya Lyons 
Imani, Aiyanna, Chayenne, and Aaliyah have just graduated high school and are celebrating at a party in their honor. All seems to be going well until a fatal incident happens, leaving the remaining girls reeling.
Directed by Kal Knight

MALCOLM By Debkanya Mitra 
Four individuals tell the story of Malcolm, a Black folk musician whose quest through the Eastern Seaboard to find himself was violently interrupted, painting an evocative picture of the connection shared among strangers through a single life.
Directed by Kaylyn Hipsley

GHOST GUN By Olivia Ridley 
Propelled by the urgency of his own decay and desperate to be heard, BLACK BOY delivers his “villain’s monologue” – a parting speech typically delivered to a hero before their death – to his audience held at gunpoint.

HULLABALOO By Sarah Schecter
In this re-imagining of Buffalo Bill’s storytelling and P.T. Barnum’s grandeur, a ringleader explores the fusion of American myth and gun culture through four acts of an incredible spectacle – and a show gone terribly wrong.
Directed by Shelby Morgan

LOADED LANGUAGE  By Elizabeth Shannon 
When a rumor about a school shooter begins to circulate, Kiersa and her friends must decide what they should do to protect their classmates before it is too late.
Directed by Alex Trevithick

 

Announcing the Casts of Our Fall 2020 Radio Play Series

Thank you to the students who came out for something completely new and auditioned (virtually) for our Radio Play Series for this fall.

Below is the cast list for all of our radio play productions. Please look through carefully; if you do NOT wish to accept your role, please email smhstheatrecompany@gmail.com.

Otherwise, if you accept your role, you can attend our first informational meeting as a full cast and crew coming on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 3 PM. Please keep an eye on your email addresses over the next day or so and you will receive information about the Zoom meeting. You will also receive an email invite to our Slack channel, which is important for communication about all things related to the show.

Thanks once again, and congrats to the cast(s)!

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VINTAGE HITCHCOCK: October

As announced and narrated by ANNALESE WENTHUR

The Lodger

SHELBY MORGAN as Ellen
NATHAN KUJAWA as Robert
ALEX TREVITHICK as Mr. Sleuth/Mr. Cannot
SHYANN MCINTOSH as Daisy/Newsboy/Woman
SABRINA FAJARDO as Coroner/Ticket Seller

Sabotage

KAL KNIGHT as Winnie
ALEX TREVITHICK as Ted/Man on Bus
CAMILLA DEFORD as Verlock/Hollingshead
NATHAN KUJAWA as Power Plant Phone Operator 1/Patron 1/Vladimir/The Professor/Officer
ELI LINDNER as Stevie/Talbot/Man 1 at Power Plant/Patron 2
SHELBY MORGAN as Power Plant Phone Operator 2/Renee/Waitress/Salesperson/Woman With Puppy on Bus
SABRINA FAJARDO as Patron 3/Mrs. Jones/Ted’s Boss/Unsatisfied Female Customer/Bus Collector/Newsboy

The 39 Steps

ELI LINDNER as Richard Hannay
SHYANN MCINTOSH as Pamela
KAL KNIGHT as Annabella/Inkeeper/Usherette
ALEX TREVITHICK as Mr. Memory/Police 1/George the Butler/Alfred
CAMILLA DEFORD as Manager/Man 2 on the Aberdeen Express/Police 2/Professor Bartlett
NATHAN KUJAWA as Man 2 at Music Hall/Conductor/Man 1 on the Aberdeen Express/Driver/Joe/Detective
SHELBY MORGAN as Man 1 at music hall/Woman at Music Hall/Cigarette Girl, Ticket merchant Newsboy/Waitress

AN EVENING WITH SHERLOCK HOMES, November 13-14

Starring KAYLYN HIPSLEY as Sherlock Holmes and ELI LINDNER as Dr. John Watson
Hosted by EMILY LESINSKI

The Musgrave Ritual

JP MCCOWN as Musgrave
ETHAN DEIBERT as Brunton/Alfred/Man
EMILY FROST as Rachel

The Case of the Dead Adventuress

JP MCCOWN as Charel
KAL KNIGHT as Madame Yvette Corvey
EMILY FROST as the Prefect
CAMILLA DEFORD as Reggie
ALEX TREVITHICK as Duc/Henri/Gendarmes

The Adventure of the Tolling Bell

KAL KNIGHT as Mrs. Michol
EMILY LESINSKI as Mary/Lakland
CAMILLA DEFORD as Gillian
ALEX TREVITHICK as Tom

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: December 11-12

Starring ALEX TREVITHICK as George Bailey
and EVA MENZIA as Mary Hatch

Featuring:

JP MCCOWN as Mr. Potter, and Gower/Harry/Schultz/Man at Martini’s Bar/Mr. Welch
NATHAN KUJAWA as Clarence, and Ernie/Charlie/Horace/Tommy

With:

ELI LINDNER as Billy/Old Man Collins/Bert/Sam/Man in run on bank/Nick
CAMILLA DEFORD as Joseph/Peter/Ed/Martini/Bridge Keeper/Sheriff
GRACIELA MARTINEZ as Pete/Violet/Young Violet/Ruth/Mrs. Hatch/cop
MORGAN KLOSIEWSKI as ZuZu/Dr. Campbell/Mrs. Rose Bailey/Binky
TESSA MCGRATH: Matilda/Sadie/Janie/Mrs. Thompson

Announcing the Cast List for TUCK EVERLASTING

We are thrilled to announce the cast list for TUCK EVERLASTING, running March 13-15 at South Milwaukee High School!

Congratulations to all who auditioned and were cast. The entire cast and crew is called in the PAC at 3 PM tomorrow for an informational session, then the cast and crew will split off. Cast will continue working on music until dismissal at 5, and crew will have leadership interviews and a facility tour.

Cast can expect an email with additional information, including an invitation to the cast and crew slack channel, this evening. Crew will also be added to the channel within the week.

Director’s note:

I’m so thrilled to have seen so many new people at auditions! It’s going to be great to get to know all of you and work with you. We had some fantastic callbacks and extremely difficult decisions to make this evening, and that’s a credit to you all bringing your A games. I’m feeling really good about this show and can tell I’m going to have a blast with this group.

Thanks to all for getting involved, it’s going to be a great show!

-Tim

CAST

Winnie Foster: Lia Krystowiak
Mae Tuck: Kal Knight
Jesse Tuck: Eli Lindner
Miles Tuck: Alex Trevithick
Angus Tuck: J.P. McCown
The Man in the Yellow Suit: George Vajagich
Hugo: Nathan Kujawa
Constable Joe: Owen Smith
Betsy Foster: Anna Basha
Nana: Heather Kluczykowski

“EVERLASTING” BALLET FEATURED ROLES

Adult Winnie: Serene Tomaszewski
Old Winnie: Kylie Norman
Old Hugo: Spencer Czajka
Winnie’s Son: Lucas Trejo
Winnie’s Daughter-in-Law: Kyleigh O’Donnell

(Winnie, Betsy, Nana, Constable, Hugo all also featured in ballet)

ENSEMBLE
Will include townspeople, forest people, carnival goers, carnival workers, featured dancers. Nana and Betsy will occasionally be in ensemble numbers)

(*Dance Captain*: Serene Tomaszewski)

Aaliyah Perry
Abi Broskowski
Afnan Al-Shargabi
Annalese Wenthur
Beverly Osunkwo
Emily Frost
Eva Menzia
Kaylyn Hipsley
Kimberlie Saldana
Kyleigh O’Donnell
Kylie Norman
Lindsey Gulbrandsen
Lucas Trejo
Madyson Emer
Miranda Perez
Samantha Lemcke
Serene Tomaszewski
Shelby Erickson-Stiemke
Shyann McIntosh
Skyler Heinz
Spencer Czajka
Tessa McGrath
Vivian Grossman

Announcing the Cast for A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED

We were pleased to see faces both new and familiar at auditions today for A Murder is Announced! Those in attendance gave us plenty to deliberate over, and we are pleased to announce the cast list.

STUDENTS: PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION

-If you were cast in a role and choose to accept your role, please write your initials next to your name on the sheet that will be posted on the Thespian bulletin board. This sheet will go up by lunchtime tomorrow, not  first thing in the morning, so by lunchtime, make sure you go and check the board and write your initials.

-If you were not cast in a role, we strongly encourage you to get involved with crew, with publicity or with costuming! There are going to be plenty of opportunities to be a part of this show, and the more the merrier. We would love to have you! In addition, please remember that musical auditions for Tuck Everlasting will be in the first week of January, with audition workshops in December. It will be a much larger cast–potentially three times as large as the cast for the fall play this year.

-ALL cast and crew are required to attend tomorrow’s informational session, beginning after school in the PAC. We will conduct crew leadership interviews for Stage Manager, Head of Lights and Sound, Head of Costumes, Head of Hair and Makeup, Head of Publicity and Head of Construction right away, then move into our safety seminar and then an informational session. Again, attendance is mandatory–if you cannot make it, please email smhstheatrecompany@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Thank you once again to all who auditioned. Here is the cast list:

Miss Blacklock: Kal Knight

Miss Marple: Kaylyn Hipsley

Inspector Craddock: JP McCown

Julia: Lia Krystowiak

Patrick: Eli Lindner

Mitzi: Anna Basha

Dora “Bunny” Bunner: Isabella Bravo

Phillipa Haymes: Shyann Mcintosh

Mrs. Swettenham: Brianna Gaidosh

Edmund Swettenham: Spencer Czajka

Sergeant Mellors and Rudi Scherz: George Vajagich

Announcing the Cast List for Rabbit Hole

Auditions for Rabbit Hole, the debut production of our brand new Advanced Theatre Series, were this afternoon, and we had an outstanding group of auditions. Every single audition was strong, which certainly made casting a challenge.

We did manage to cast the show, though, and are pleased to announce the cast of Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, being performed in the South Milwaukee High School Performing Arts Center on June 21 and 22.

CAST LAST:

BECCA – Angelita Colin
HOWIE – Jacob McCown
IZZY – Lia Krystowiak
NAT – Isabella Bravo
JASON – Eli Lindner

If you accept your role, please come to the music theory room on Wednesday, April 3 after school to receive your script and participate in an initial cast meeting.

Interviews for production team leadership positions will be held at 3 PM on Wednesday the 3rd in the music theory room as well. These positions are available to anyone who wishes to apply, including anyone who was not cast in this production. There is a place in this show for anyone who wants to be involved, so we encourage you to get involved in one way or another.

Thank you again to those of you who took the risk, auditioned and supported this very first production of a new element of our theater program.

A New Addition to the SMHS Theatre Season

We’re off and running on rehearsals for Singin’ in the Rain, coming to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center from March 15 through 17. Tickets will be available shortly, right here and at www.southmilwaukeepac.org.

But for the first time ever, the spring musical won’t be the final performance of our SMHS theatre season. We’re excited to announce the implementation of our Advanced Theatre Series, a concept created by some Thespian leaders, which has officially been given the green light to proceed.

The general aim of this series is to offer students with an interest in a higher-level theatre experience with an opportunity to participate in shows involving a smaller cast and more mature or advanced themes and literature. Throughout the rehearsal process there will be more of an emphasis on textual analysis, more opportunities for students on and offstage to take part in the production and administration processes that are part of putting together a show and more opportunities for student directors to take charge of scenes.

The play we’ve selected for the first-ever Advanced Theatre Series show is Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007.

“Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture-perfect family life in the suburbs of New York until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.”

Performances will be June 21 and 22 and 7:30 p.m. in the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Audition dates to be announced.

If this year’s Advanced Theatre Series show goes well, we hope to make it a permanent part of the SMHS Theatre Company season.

We’re excited to give students more opportunities to create theatre, and community members more opportunities to see it! Hope to see you this spring at one of our productions!

 

Announcing the Cast of SMHS Theatre Company’s “Singin’ in the Rain”

We were so thrilled to have a fantastic turnout for Singin’ in the Rain auditions! We had our callbacks today for the main roles, and were thoroughly impressed with the talent that was on display. After deliberation, we have completed the cast list for the show.

Students: if you accept your role, please visit the Thespian Call Board on Wednesday and initial next to your name.

Wednesday after school at 3 PM we will have crew leadership position interviews. Following those interviews at 3:30 we will have the first information and introductory session for the musical. This will include script passout, overview of the rehearsal process and the required SMPAC safety seminar. All cast and crew are required to attend.

Finally, a note about the ensemble designations. “General Ensemble” also contains other small speaking roles that are not listed on this cast list. Those roles will be assigned during rehearsal. “Dance Ensemble” is a separate ensemble of featured dancers and singers for the songs “All I Do is Dream of You,” “Beautiful Girls” and “Broadway Melody.” These are the most tap-heavy roles in the production. They are also in the general ensemble in some other scenes.

Here is the cast list. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to working with you!

DON LOCKWOOD: Alex Trevithick
COSMO BROWN: Eli Lindner
KATHY SELDEN: Lia Krystowiak
LINA LAMONT: Anna Basha
ROSCOE DEXTER: Paul Borden
R.F. SIMPSON: Jacob McCown

DORA BAILEY: Sarah Nemeth
BEAUTIFUL GIRLS SOLOIST: Bryan Marin
ZELDA ZANDERS: Angelita Colin
ROD: Jackson Vance
MISS DINSMORE (Female Vocal Coach): Jessica Calteux
MALE VOCAL COACH: George Vajagich
SID PHILLIPS: Gillian Czajka

DANCE ENSEMBLE:

Alexa Wilhelm
Elizabeth Karnowski (Dance Captain)
Erin Zbikowski
Heather Klucykowski
Kyleigh O’Donnell
Lia Krystowiak (Kathy is in the dance ensemble)
Serene Tomaszewski
Taylor Bulanek

GENERAL ENSEMBLE:

Angelita Colin
Aryel Sirovina
Brianna Gaidosh
Bryan Marin
Charlotte Stevenson
Eva Menzia
George Vajagich
Gillian Czajka
Jackson Vance
Jessica Calteux
Kaylee Mathis
Kal Knight
Kaylyn Hipsley
Kylie Norman
Lindsey Gulbrandsen
Nathan Kujawa
Oshionna Wright
Sarah Nemeth
Skyler Heinz

Congratulations once again to all, and see you on Wednesday afternoon!

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