NEWS RELEASES October '13
October 25, 2013
UW-Marinette now offers an easy, modern and convenient way to purchase tickets to Theatre on the Bay and Children’s Theatre. Simply visit marinette.uwc.edu and click the link on the home page. From here, patrons will be able to select a show date and time, view available seating options, review selections and pay for tickets, all with the click of a button. Patrons may then print their tickets at home or have them printed at the box office the day of the show. For added convenience, ushers can now scan tickets directly from smart phones as well. For more information on ordering tickets online, please contact Rebecca Stone Thornberry at 715-735-4300, ext. 4314.
October 25, 2013
UW-Marinette’s Theatre on the Bay continues its 47th season with a holiday gift for the Northwoods, with an assist from sponsors Timothy P. and Julie A. Farley: an adaptation of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The tale of George Bailey’s Christmas Eve revelation that the world really has been a better place with him than without him began as a 1939 short story, “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. Hollywood director Frank Capra brought the story to American movie houses in 1946 as It’s a Wonderful Life, and his film has gone on to become a perennial Christmas favorite.
Rebecca Stone Thornberry will direct It’s a Wonderful Life for Theatre on the Bay. John Thornberry has adapted the 1946 screenplay to be produced as an evening of old-time radio for a live audience, and will also serve as the show’s scenic designer. The Nancy Gehrke Stage will be dressed as a 1947 radio studio, and TOB actors will go “on the air” to perform the iconic roles of Bedford Falls residents.
Tony La Malfa and Katie Falk will portray George and Mary Bailey. Patrick Mines voices the role of Henry Potter, “the richest and meanest man in the county,” as well as Bert the cop, Giuseppe Martini and others from the fictional town. Bill Clyma will be heard as Clarence Oddbody, George’s guardian angel. Stone Thornberry has cast eleven other community members and UW-Marinette students for this production, and all of them will take on multiple roles: Marie Arnold, Anne Garcia, Haley Howarth, Kyle Paquet, Lori Payne-Czaki, Jennifer Rickaby, Gary Scholtz, Noah Steffen, John Thornberry, Brittany Welch and Cassidy Woodbury. In addition, student Devon Huc will perform live radio sound effects from the stage, assisted by the actors. Nick Tellez will design lighting, and Cassandra Ann will design costumes with assistance from Annalisa Mines.
The “broadcast” from the Herbert L. Williams Theatre will include not only It’s a Wonderful Life, but also a batch of radio commercials and news items featuring products and companies familiar to local residents. The commercials will be reproduced live from their original radio scripts, or created in period style by the actors.
It’s a Wonderful Life opens in the Fine Arts Building at UW-Marinette on November 15. Performances are November 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm, and on November 17 and 24 at 2 pm. It’s a Wonderful Life will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with an intermission. Seats are $12 (adults) and $8 (students). Tickets can be ordered online on the home page at marinette.uwc.edu or by visiting the TOB box office one hour before curtain time. A student matinee is available for area schools on November 21, with a curtain at 9 am. Interested schools or teachers should contact Jennifer Hass at UW-Marinette at (715) 735-4300, ext. 4303.
Nicole Johns, author of the memoir Purge: Rehab Diaries (Seal Press, 2009), will give a reading and lecture on eating disorders at the UW-Marinette campus in M-117 at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 24th. A Q & A session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Purge presents an honest, detailed account of Johns’ experience with treatment, avoiding the clichéd happily-ever-after ending while still offering hope to those who struggle with eating disorders as well as anyone who has watched a loved one fight to recover from an eating disorder. Nicole has been in recovery from her eating disorder since 2005.
Nicole Johns received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and a BA in English from Penn State University-Erie. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Brady and teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. For more information about the event, please contact UW-Marinette English Lecturer Tara DaPra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Marinette will host a College Preview Night on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Main Building on campus. This information session is for any person or family who is looking to apply to ANY college or university, and who needs to know where to start. The presentation is meant to give families and future students an idea of what to expect when applying to colleges and universities, campus entrance requirements, cost of attendance, transferring from one campus to another and where to find campus specific information. UW System information will be passed out as well, and there will be time for a question/answer period. Reserve your spot by calling the UW-Marinette Student Services Office at 735-4300 ext. 4301 or visit the web at www.marinette.uwc.edu.
UW-Marinette is hosting a free public lecture and viewing of the 1932 Surrealist film, “Blood on the Poet,” directed by French artist Jan Cocteau, on Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in room M-117.
Associate Professor of Art, James LaMalfa, will review the DADA and Surrealist art movements prior to showing the film, and Lecturer of Communications and Theatre Arts, John Thornberry, will discuss Cocteau’s film, a modern retelling of the Orpheus myth set in 1930s Paris. Cocteau is considered a major innovator of movie special effects, many of which are employed in Hollywood movies today.
The lecture/film event is the second of a three-part Fine & Performing Arts series, sponsored by a UW-Marinette Foundation Cooke Endowment Grant.
The first element of the series involved LaMalfa’s creation of a sculpture of the Greek musician Orpheus, which was completed and installed in the Sculpture Garden on campus over the summer.
The final element will be a musical performance of part of the Baroque opera, “Orpheo,” by Italian composer, Claudio Monteverde, suggested by Associate Professor David Giebler. Giebler’s West Shore Chorale will perform some of the work from the opera during their fall concert set for December 8 at Holy Spirit Church, Menominee.
For further information, contact James LaMalfa at email@example.com or 715-735-4300 ext. 4322.