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UW-Fox Valley Announces 2005-2006 Theatre Season

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The University of Wisconsin Fox Valley has announced its 2005-2006 theatre line-up. The season is composed of three different productions, each of whose casts are made up of UWFox students and members of the community-at-large. Susan Rabideau, UWFox theatrical director, emphasized, “We are always doing something modern. We tend to be edgy, so if people are interested in seeing a show they can’t see anywhere else, they should come to UWFox.”Susan Rabideau

The Diviners, by Jim Leonard, Jr., is set in the Depression era and has echoes of John Steinbeck’s work. A young boy, with the gift of divining, or water-witching, and a preacher, search for hope and something to believe in. New York Magazine says the play “… renders the humor and horror of the hinterlands with staggering accuracy ….” Local auditions are scheduled to be held at UWFox on September 8 at 7 p.m. Show dates are November 10-12 and 17-19, 2005, with performances in the campus’ Fine Arts Theatre.

Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally is a staged reading that warmly explores love relationships among eight men over the course of three summer weekends at a Dutchess County farmhouse. The production, meant for mature audiences, has already been cast and features actors from Milwaukee, Chicago, California and Appleton. This year proceeds from the play will be split between the UW-Fox Valley theatre scholarship fund and PFLAG-Fox Cities. Show dates are February 9-11., also in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Assassins, by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, is billed as a thought-provoking, alarmingly funny and controversial musical. Rabideau remarked, “I’ve been longing to do this musical, but I wasn’t sure I could cast it. This year, I know have the talent in the Valley.” In the play, nine people who assassinated or wished to assassinate an American president are made to meet despite their different historical periods. In the end, they are inspired to perform harrowing acts in the name of the American dream. Auditions are set for January 30, 2006, at 7 p.m. on the UWFox campus, with show dates set for April 20-22 and 27-29 in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Individual show tickets are available now. Cost is $9 per person, $7 for students and $5 for UWFox students. The public is invited to participate in scheduled auditions for The Diviners and Assassins. UWFox is located at 1478 Midway Road in Menasha. For more information, call (920) 832-2647 or email susan.rabideau@uwc.edu

Posted 6/21/2005