First Stage’s award-winning Young Company presents
March 9-24, 2018
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Daniels
Suggested for families with young people ages 12+
Milwaukee, WI – First Stage Young Company, the Theater Academy’s award-winning training program for advanced high school actors, presents HENRY V from March 9-24, 2018 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.
With famous lines including, “Once more unto the breach!” and “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,” HENRY V promises to take the audience on an epic journey of heroism, humor, bravado, and romance. One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, HENRY V is an epic story of a country at war and England’s most popular king. King Henry the Fifth has rallied the nation to invade France and this war won’t end until the famous Battle of Agincourt. The English must succeed against seemingly impossible odds, or be killed in the process.
“Our production of HENRY V will focus on the transformative powers of the actors and their use of language,” said director Matt Daniels. “These young actors will employ their rigorous training in classical rhetoric and physical storytelling to engage the audience and activate all imaginations in the room.”
In October, the Young Company celebrated its seventh overall first place finish at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the nation’s largest Shakespeare competition for high school students.
HENRY V is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.
Matt Daniels (Director) is a frequent collaborator at First Stage, as an actor (EDWARD TULANE, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™: THE MUSICAL, THE SNOW, ELLA ENCHANTED, SHREK THE MUSICAL, A MIDNIGHT CRY and A WRINKLE IN TIME, among many others), director and movement director (Roald Dahl’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, ANIMAL FARM, TXT U L8R, OUR TOWN, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™: THE MUSICAL and NANCY DREW AND HER BIGGEST CASE EVER among others) and Director of the Young Company and teacher for the Theater Academy. Matt’s other acting credits include appearances at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, In Tandem Theatre and the late Milwaukee Shakespeare, as well as Forward Theater, Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Lake Geneva Theater Company, several regional Shakespeare Festivals and on many independent stages in New York. In addition to First Stage his directing work has been seen at MCT’s New Play Development series, Sunset Playhouse, goats & monkeys and in New York with his company Tyrannosaurus rep. An avid ukulelist, he is working on his first album, Welcome to Clowntown. Matt is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division.
The Young Company cast for HENRY V includes: Bree Kazinski (as Constable of France/Ensemble) from Dousman; Casey Dobson (as Duke of Bourbon/Ensemble), Emily Repetti (as Fluellen/Ely) and Megan Watson (as Chorus/Ensemble) from Wauwatosa; Chantae Miller (as Katherine/LeFer) from Waukesha; Dakota Komorowski (as King Charles VI of France/Ensemble) from Kansasville; Elliott Brotherhood (as King Henry V) from Mequon; Eloise Field (as Boy/Ensemble) from Oconomowoc; Jacob Badovski (as Duke of Exeter) and Jennie Babisch (as Pistol/Canterbury) from Milwaukee; Kate Ketelhohn (as Duke of Gloucester) from Cedarburg; Kate Lepianka (as Duke of Orleans/Ensemble) from Grafton; Kayla Salter (as Hostess Quickly/Gower) from Germantown; Mary Jensik (as Dauphin/Nym) from Greenfield; Molly Boyle (as Alice/Ensemble) from Port Washington; and Sylvie Arnold (as Bardolph/Williams) from Hubertus.
The Artistic Team for HENRY V includes: Matt Daniels (Director); Brandon Kirkham (Scenic Designer); Caitlyn de Araujo (Costume Designer); Marisa Abbott (Lighting Designer); Matt Whitmore (Sound Designer); Julia Xiong (Stage Manager); and Robert Torres (Assistant Stage Manager).
What: First Stage Young Company presents: HENRY V
Location: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W Walnut Street, Milwaukee WI
Dates: March 9 – 24, 2018
Description: “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead!” First Stage Young Company, nationally renowned for their excellence in performing the Bard, dives into the breach with one of our favorite plays by William Shakespeare. King Henry the Fifth has rallied the nation to invade France and this war won’t end until the famous Battle of Agincourt. The English must succeed against seemingly impossible odds – or be killed in the process. An epic story of a country at war and England’s most popular king. Suggested for families with young people ages 12+
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
First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young people and families. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences 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 promote literacy, character building, and experiential learning throughout the curriculum, serving over 20,000 students each year. First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2012), and was the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the arts for its Next Steps program for students with autism (2013, 2015). First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).
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