University Theatre to perform ‘110 in the Shade’ April 4-5, 10-12
March 19, 2014
In the musical "110
in the Shade," con man Bill Starbuck visits a drought-stricken southwestern U.S.
town in the 1930s, telling residents that for $100 he can make it rain.
Along with misguided
hope, the charismatic Starbuck brings something more real. As he gets to know Lizzy
Curry, he helps her develop the confidence and self-worth that, like raindrops,
have the power to transform her life.
"110 in the Shade"
will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, and Thursday through
Saturday, April 10-12, at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie by
University of Wisconsin-Stout's University Theatre.
All performances are
at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available online or at the
service center in the Memorial Student Center, 715-232-1431.
UW-Stout is using
the Mabel Tainter because historic Harvey Hall Theatre, although recently
renovated, is closed for renovations to the rest of Harvey Hall.
" '110 in the Shade'
is a very intimate piece that will be served well by the historic Mabel Tainter
Theater," said University Theatre Director Paul Calenberg, who is directing and
choreographing the musical.
"I first encountered
'110 in the Shade' in New York when it was revived in 2007, and I absolutely
fell in love with the piece," said Calenberg. "It is a lush, beautiful score
and a very moving story."
"110 in the Shade,"
first performed on Broadway in 1963, is based on the book and play "The
Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash. Lyrics are by Tom Jones and music by Harvey
Schmidt, who wrote the music for the popular musicals "I Do, I Do" and "The
The student cast
includes Meghan Olson as Lizzy Curry and Ben Greenlee as Bill Starbuck. Olson,
of Rosemount, Minn., is an early childhood education major. Greenlee, of Lena,
is majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management.
Other members of the
cast and crew are:
- Blaine Davidson, of Hudson, as Noah
- Jack Lazorik, of Shoreview, Minn., as File
- Kevin Pelzel, of Hudson
- Rachel Pollock, of Park Falls
- Britta Sicora, of St. Louis Park, Minn., as Snookie
- Natalie Steiner, of Alma
- Brian Swiggum, of Cashton
- Spencer Versteeg, of Owatonna, Minn.
- Jeff Werner, of Waseca, Minn.
- Barb Young, of Hutchinson, Minn.
- Sam Bauer, of Mukwonago
- Amber Kurten, of Rosemount, Minn.
Lighting and scene
design are by Assistant Professor Beth Janetski.
The music director
for "110 in the Shade" is UW-Eau Claire student Miles Plant, who recently
was assistant music director and orchestra conductor for UW-Eau Claire's
production of "A Man of No Importance," which Calenberg choreographed.
performances, April 11-12, are part of Family Weekend at UW-Stout.
The Mabel Tainter
Center for the Arts,
which houses the historic Victorian theater, is at 205 Main St. E., one block