First Stage Young Company presents ANIMAL FARM
May 12 – 21, 2017
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
Adapted by Ian Wooldridge from the book by George Orwell
Produced by special arrangement with
THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
Directed by Matt Daniels
Suggested for families with Young People ages 12 – 17 and up
Milwaukee, WI – First Stage Young Company, the Theater Academy’s award-winning training program for advanced high school actors, concludes its season with ANIMAL FARM from May 12 – 21, 2017 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center located at 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee. Tickets are $14. Tickets are available online at www.FirstStage.org or through the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961.
After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones’s farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It’s all working pretty well, until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. ANIMAL FARM illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.
“Animal Farm affords some great training opportunities for the Young Company,” said Director Matt Daniels. “These young actors will apply techniques learned in class as they work on physicalizing animal behaviors while devising innovative solutions to theatrical puzzles —many of which are only enigmatically presented by the scripted stage directions, e.g.: ‘The revolution takes place.’ All while approaching a dark political fable in a polarized civic climate.”
Matt Daniels (Director) Matt is a frequent collaborator at First Stage, as an actor (A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, THE SNOW, ELLA ENCHANTED, SHREK, A MIDNIGHT CRY, and A WRINKLE IN TIME, among many others), director and movement director (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, OUR TOWN, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, CYMBELINE, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD), and Associate Director of the Young Company.
The Young Company cast for ANIMAL FARM includes: Claire Zempel (as Old Major/Ensemble) and Abby Barbeau (as Benjamin/Ensemble) from Wauwatosa; Mary Jensik (as Napoleon/Ensemble) from Greenfield; Sydney Salter (as Squealer/Ensemble), Alex Salter (as Clover/Ensemble) and Kayla Salter (Ensemble) from Germantown; Jake Badovski (as Snowball/Ensemble) from Milwaukee; Matthias Wong (as Moses/Ensemble) and Elliott Brotherhood (as Boxer/Ensemble) from Mequon; Madeline McNichols (as Mollie/Ensemble) and Claire Thomure (as Pigeon/Ensemble) from Whitefish Bay; Ashley Nord (as Minimus/Ensemble) and Reese Parish (Ensemble) from Glendale; Gabe Smith (as Pilkington/Ensemble) and Avery Mitchell (Ensemble) from Fox Point; Sylvie Arnold (as Young Animal/Ensemble) from Hubertus; Grace Reasoner (Ensemble) from Cedarburg; Regan Carter (Ensemble) from Waukesha; and Megan Grizzle (Ensemble) from Shorewood.
The Artistic Staff for ANIMAL FARM includes: Madelyn Yee (Scenic Designer); Krissy Snechkoff (Costume Designer); Marisa Abbott (Lighting Designer); Matt Whitmore (Sound Designer) and Julia Xiong (Stage Manager).
What: First Stage Young Company presents: ANIMAL FARM
Location: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W Walnut Street, Milwaukee WI
Dates: May 12 – 21, 2017
Description: After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones’s farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It’s all working pretty well, until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. ANIMAL FARM illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes. Suggested for families with young people ages 12-17+
Tickets are $14. Tickets may be purchased at www.FirstStage.org or through the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961.
About First Stage
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season, First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young audiences and families. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through stage skills and serves over 2,100 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-integrated education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs use theater to promote active learning throughout the curriculum, serving over 20,000 students throughout southeastern Wisconsin each year. In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Stage is the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award in 2013 and 2015, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the arts. First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).
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