Past Shows

2016-17

This spring, PHS Theatre goes Legally Blonde


PEWAUKEE, WI, January 14, 2017 – This spring, the Pewaukee High School Theatre Department will bring a silver screen favorite to the stage with Legally Blonde, The Musical. Join the loveable Elle Woods as she finds the strength within herself (and a collection of new and old friends) to achieve more than she ever thought possible. Legally Blonde will run Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the seventh full-length production presented by the high school in the Pewaukee District Auditorium.


The story follows a plot recognizable to the 2001 romantic comedy of Elle Woods (Madison Moroder, senior), a “blonde” but loveable sorority girl who is devastated by the breakup from her college sweetheart, Warner Huntington III (Cross Mendoza, junior). She packs her bags and sets her sights on Harvard, hoping to win him back by showing she, too can succeed in law school, only to find that he has moved on to Vivienne Kensington (Reynna Nelson, senior). Here, she meets Emmett Forrest (Anthony Desidero, sophomore), and with his encouragement and the support of her new friend Paulette Buonfuonte (Emilee Toureene, senior), and her old friends, Delta Nu sorority sisters Margot (Riah VandeZande, senior), Serena (Megan Loth, sophomore), and Pilar (Demi Derringer, freshman), she attempts to stand up to Warner, Vivienne, and Professor Callahan (Alex Steinhaus, junior) and prove she is more than just a pretty blonde.


The theatre department is also excited to feature use of the new track system it installed in December 2016, which now allows for productions to incorporate the use of drops into the set design.


Tickets to Pewaukee High School’s production of Legally Blonde  will be available for sale on the Drama Club Web site (http://www.phsdrama.com) or at the door one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are also available for sale at the Pewaukee High School box office from 11:20 - 1:15 the week of the show. Tickets will cost $10.00 for students and seniors, $15.00 for adults in all assigned seating areas. Children ages five and under are free.


Marann Curtis direct the production this year due to program director, Laura Bengs’s maternity leave over the period of show. James Sevens, Auditorium Manager, will serve as technical director; Tasha Twesme will serve as Vocal Director; and Kate Mitchell will direct the pit orchestra.  


For additional information about the production or the Pewaukee High School Theater Department, contact Laura Bengs at (262) 701-5669 or benglau@pewaukeeschools.org or visit the Web site at http://www.phsdrama.com.


2015-16


Cinderella


This spring, the Pewaukee High School Theater Department will bring a magical fairytale classic to the stage with Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The audience will witness the implausible, improbable, impossible fairy tale magic right before their very eyes on stage. The performance will run Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the sixth full-length production presented by the high school in the Pewaukee District Auditorium.  


This production of Cinderella, the newest broadway version, features classic characters including the poor, kind Ella (Michelle DeLaMatter, sophomore), the evil stepmother Madame (Isabella Marrero, senior), the two evil stepsisters Gabrielle and Charlotte (Riah VandeZande, junior and Reynna Nelson, junior), Prince Topher (Anthony Desidero, freshman), Lord Pinkleton (Chris Johnston), and Marie, the

Fairy Godmother (Madison Moroder, junior) but introduces a few new faces and an interesting more modern twist on this traditional tale. Social activist Jean-Michel (Alex Steinhaus) forces Prince Topher to examine the unjust policies slyly enforced by Royal Adviser Sebastian (Jarod Farrow, senior) to help him rise into the political role he now faces upon the passing of his parents. These characters, along with the numbers of townsfolk, bring a meaningful, modern twist to this fairy tale classic, and deliver the story with a youthful, humorous spunk that will leave audiences entertained and smiling.


This slight change in story plot, however, comes with the time-honored tunes sung by Julie Andrews in the early movie version of the show in 1957 and more recently, Brandy and Whitney Houston in the made-for-TV musical during the 1990’s: “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “The Prince is Giving a Ball”. Adults and children of all ages will fall in love with these romantic standard melodies and the magic they bring to the stage.


The ROYALTY PARADE
Hear ye! Hear ye! All boys and girls of all ages from all areas are cordially welcomed to attend the “Royalty Parade”. The “Royalty Parade” will be featured thirty minutes prior to each show. At the “Royalty Parade,” boys and girls of all ages can come dressed in their favorite prince/knight or princess attire and be announced as they walk across the stage, signifying “arrival to the ball”. All participants will receive a royal crown before crossing the stage. Admission to the show is required to participate in the “Royalty Parade”.

Behind the Scenes



Eat, Drink, and Be Scary at Pewaukee High School’s Halloween Dinner Theater Event: The Dining


Join Pewaukee High School’s Theater Department for a family-friendly evening of Halloween chills and fills. “The Dining” features twenty-one actors in a variety of performances including features from Halloween-themed musicals, plays, and movies. Prior to the performance, patrons will enjoy one of three meal packages prepared by the PHS Pro Start class. This spooktacular evening is one sure to get you into the Halloween spirit.


Children twelve and under are encouraged to attend the interactive Halloween Spooktacular in which they can attend a variety of theater-oriented stations with high school actors. Choices range from receiving acting coaching on how to play their favorite characters, playing Halloween games, taking photos in their favorite costumes with a photobooth, receiving a ghoulish makeover, and more!


“The Dining” is a one-evening only event that will take place on Friday, October 30th. Guests can choose from one of three deliciously daring packages: The Zombie Takeover, Frankenstein's Feast, or the Bare Bones Package.


This collaborative event also features the PHS Pro Start class as they design and plan the menu, shop for and prepare the food, plate and serve the guests. Ryan Demers and the Pro Start class work collaboratively with the PHS Drama Department to prepare a meal specifically tailored to the event, learning all aspects of food planning and preparation needed to execute an event. Additionally, the PHS Special Education department will provide a variety of spine-chilling decorations for the event.


Costumes are strongly encouraged for all attendees. Don’t miss this one-night-only Halloween celebration opportunity!


Tickets are available for purchase exclusively online at http://www.phsdrama.com. Tickets are $10 for children (12 and under) and $20 for students and adults. Ticket sales for The Zombie Takeover and Frankenstein’s Feast will close on Wednesday, October 28th. Tickets for the Bare Bones Package may be purchased until the start of the performance at 7:30 (either online or at the door).


For more information about the event, or to learn more about the Pewaukee High School Theater Department, contact Laura Bengs at (262) 701-5669 or benglau@pewaukeeschools.org or visit the Web site at http://www.phsdrama.com.


2014-15

Fall Play: Lend Me a Tenor: Fri. Nov. 7 & Sat. Nov. 8 


This fall, the Pewaukee High School Theater Department presents the hilarious farcical comedy, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor Friday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth full-length production presented by the high school in the Pewaukee District Auditorium.


Lend Me a Tenor is a tale of the infamous Tito Merelli (David Haga, Junior) and his quest to the Cleveland Grand Opera Company to star as Otello. The overly emotional theater manager, Saunders (Jackson Wolf, Junior),  and his assistant Max (Jarod Farrow, Junior) anxiously await Merelli’s arrival, then are thrown a different curveball not long after he and his wife Maria (Hannah Finley, Sophomore) arrive. In a desperate attempt to go on with the show, Saunders and Max resolve to have Max play the role of Otello, while deceiving the audience to think they are watching the great Il Stupendo. Their deceptive plan does more than trick the audience. Maggie, Saunders’s daughter and Max’s girlfriend (Jessica Derks, Senior); Julia, the Chairman of the Opera Guild (Paige Frick, Junior);  Diana, the fame-hungry soprano (Michelle DeLaMatter, Freshman); and the hotel Bellhop (Chris Johnston, Freshman) all play a role in complicating this seemingly seamless plan. Join the characters in Lend Me a Tenor as they attempt to make sense of the miscommunication and misunderstanding that results.


Tickets to Pewaukee High School’s production of Lend Me a Tenor will be available for sale at the door. Tickets will admit patrons for general seating and cost $5.00 for students and seniors, $10.00 for adults. Tickets are also available for sale at the Pewaukee High School box office from 11:20 - 1:15 the week of the show.


Laura Bengs, Drama Director, will direct Lend Me a Tenor; James Sevens, Auditorium Manager, will serve as technical director.


For addtional information about the production or the Pewaukee High School Theater Department, contact Laura Bengs at (262) 701-5669 or benglau@pewaukeeschools.org or visit the Web site at http://www.phsdrama.com.



Pewaukee Drama Students Cut Loose To Fight Dancing Ban

The Pewaukee High School Theater Department will cut Footloose this spring, as they recount the tale of Bomont High School and their battle against the Bomont Town Council to recall the ban against any and all dancing. The PHS performances of Footloose will take place Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fifth full-length  production presented by the high school in the Pewaukee District Auditorium. Saturday evening will include the third annual “Alumni Night” in which all former PHS Theater Students are invited to tour the set and visit with the cast and crew before the show.

Footloose revisits the classic 80’s tale of Ren McCormack (David Haga, Junior) and his move from the bustling metropolis of Chicago to the country town of Bomont. He quickly learns that his city-kid ways do not fit in with the uptight town of Bomont, and begins to make an enemy in the Reverend Shaw Moore (Ryan Hegna, Senior) among other adults and high schoolers in the town. All eyes seem to be on Ren, watching his every move. To his surprise and shock, he learns that in response to a tragic bridge accident killing the Reverend’s son and three other teens, the Town Council passed a law that banned dancing in the town of Bomont. Ren befriends a hot-headed pal, Willard (Alex Steinhaus, Freshman); the Reverend’s daughter, Ariel (Madison Moroder, Sophomore); and a few other stir-crazy high schoolers to take on Reverend Moore and the Town Council to win back the right to dance. The show features a plethora of popular 80’s hits including the infamous Footloose, Let’s Hear it for the Boy, I’m Holding Out for a Hero, and I’m Free/Heaven Help Me. Adults and children of all ages are sure to kick off their Sunday shoes and cut loose while watching this fun, family-friendly tale of love and the importance of sticking together to stand up for what you believe in. 

Tickets to Pewaukee High School’s production of Footloose are currently for sale on the Drama Club Web site at www.phsdrama.com. They will also be for sale at the door one hour prior to each performance and at the Pewaukee High School box office from 11:20-1:15 p.m. the week of the show. Tickets for general assigned seating cost $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. Tickets for premium seating cost $10 for students and seniors, $15 for adults. Children 4 and under free.

Laura Bengs, Drama Director, will direct Footloose; James Sevens, Auditorium Manager, will serve as technical director; Tasha Twesme will serve as Vocal Director; Marann Curtis will choreograph; and Kate Mitchell will direct the pit orchestra. 

For additional information about the production or the Pewaukee High School Theater Department, contact Laura Bengs at (262) 701-5669 or benglau@pewaukeeschools.org or visit the Web site at www.phsdrama.com.



2013-14

Rumors, November 15-16, 2013

PEWAUKEE, WI, October 28, 2013 – The Pewaukee High School Theater Department presents its second production in the new auditorium this fall: Neil Simon’s farce, “Rumors”. Student actors will guide the audience through a collection of buffoonery and illogical, unlikely situations -- an evening guaranteed to garner belly laughs.

Performances of “Rumors” will take place on Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m. The story chronicles three affluent couples that stumble upon an unfortunate, scandalous situation and use their “creativity” to explore solutions to mask and solve their problem. Liam Selfors and Megan Johnson play Ken and Chris Gorman, the first couple to arrive; Evan O’Day and Jessica Derks play Lenny and Claire Ganz, a gossipy yet sarcastic pair; Jarod Farrow and Sidney Vargo play Ernie and Cookie Cusak, a sweet, yet unlikely match; and Ryan Franda and Alexandra Caraulia play a self-absorbed senator and his paranoid wife. Jacob Kogod and Mariah Nelson play the two police officers that inevitably attend to the action, and Alexandria Coonce and Jackson Wolf served as understudies for various roles. Laura (Ferguson) Bengs will direct the show; James Sevens will assistant direct.









Anything Goes, February 20-22, 2014

PEWAUKEE, WI, January 20, 2014 – The Pewaukee High School Theater Department has filled the stage this year with its spring musical production of “Anything Goes”. This production will feature 50 students in the cast, 27 students in the crew, and 18 students in the pit band for a total of 95 students involved! This large scale production takes the audience aboard the S.S. American for an evening of classic Cole Porter songs, energetic dance numbers (including a tap dance feature), and of course, romance.

“Anything Goes” will debut on Thursday, February 20, and run Friday February 21 and Saturday February 22 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening will include the second annual “Alumni night” in which all former theater students are invited for a tour of the set and visit with the cast before the show.


The show features a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeny (played by senior Abbey Toureene) who boards the S.S. American for a cruise with her six angels (Gabby Amini, Courtney Fenske, Kaylah Gray, Kelly Landry, Abbey Van Hulle, and Riah VandeZande). Once aboard, she runs into an old friend, Billy Crocker (Liam Selfors, senior), who is in the process of checking his boss Elisha J. Whitney (Evan O’Day, senior) on to the ship. Billy discovers an old love interest, Hope Harcourt (Michaela Klimko, senior) is also aboard the ship, but is sailing to English to be married to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Ryan Hegna, junior). Despite not having a ticket or passport, Billy makes a snap decision to stay on board as the ship leaves, but quickly finds help hiding his identity and steering clear of his boss from Public Enemy Number 13 Moonface Martin (Max Herget, freshman) and his sidekick Bonnie LeTour (Emilee Toureene, freshman). With the help of Reno, Moonface Martin, and Bonnie, Billy will try to steal Hope from Evelyn, but not without a few hiccups along the way. “Anything Goes” as Billy and the gang develop a scheme that will leave them all happy in the end.  The incredible increase in involvement in the program has kept the directors quite busy. Laura Bengs directs this production with the assistance of Tasha Twesme (Vocal Music Director), Marann Curtis (Choreographer), James Sevens (Technical Director), and Kate Mitchell (Pit Orchestra Director).


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