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First Stage’s award-winning Young Company presents
THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
December 8 – 17, 2017
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
By Thornton Wilder
Produced by Special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Directed by Joshua Pohja
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 THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH from December 8 – 17, 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.
Dinosaurs, wooly mammoths, the Ice Age, world war, and your basic suburban family, this Pulitzer prize-winning play by one of America’s finest playwrights is a wildly entertaining and thought-provoking explosion of time and space. “Typical theatrical conventions will be tested as the fourth wall (the audience) is broken,” said Director Joshua Pohja. “There will be dance, song and surprises. Come and celebrate the indestructibility of the human spirit.”
The Young Company recently celebrated its seventh overall first place finish at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the nation’s largest Shakespeare competition for high school students. Young Company members Megan Watson (who plays Mrs. Antrobus in this production) won first place in the duo/trio division, while Jacob Badovski (who plays Henry Antrobus) placed second.
This show is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.
Joshua Pohja (Director) is thrilled to return to First Stage after directing ANTIGONE for Young Company and BLUE STOCKINGS for its Summer Academy Contemporary Company Class. This year he assistant directed and understudied Narrator #5 in GREAT EXPECTATIONS at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and helmed GOLDEN CHILD at Pius XI. He has taught at Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage, Pius XI, and with The Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company On-Tour programs. As an actor he has worked regionally and Off-Broadway. He is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) under the guidance of Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.
The Young Company cast for THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH includes: Sylvie Arnold (as Sabina) from Hubertus; Elliott Brotherhood (as Mr. Antrobus) and Luke Brotherhood (as Tremayne/Ensemble) from Mequon; Megan Watson (as Mrs. Antrobus) from Wauwatosa; Jacob Badovski (as Henry Antrobus) from Milwaukee; Mary Jensik (as Gladys Antrobus) from Greenfield; Chantae Miller (as Lead Vocalist of SOOT Refugee Band/Ensemble) from Waukesha, Jeannie Babisch (as Radio Announcer/Ensemble) from Milwaukee; Emily Repetti (as Ms. Fitzpatrick) from Wauwatosa; Bree Kazinski (as Judge Moses/Ensemble) from Dousman; Mathilde Prosen-Oldani (as Telegraph Boy/Ensemble) from Shorewood; Kate Lepianka (as Doctor/Ensemble) from Grafton; Zora Allison (as Dorothy Stetson/Ensemble) from Milwaukee; Kayla Salter (as Fred/Ensemble) from Germantown; Megan Grizzle (as Mammoth/Ensemble) from Shorewood; and Lucas Batory (Atlantic City Tourist/Ensemble) from Wauwatosa.
The Artistic Team for THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH includes: Joshua (JP) Pohja (Director); Chad Abramowski (Scenic Designer); Jaclyn Bjornson (Costume Designer); Marisa Abbott (Lighting Designer); Erin Paige (Sound Designer); Lauren Gingold (Stage Manager); and Robert Torres (Assistant Stage Manager).
What: First Stage Young Company presents: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
Location: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W Walnut Street, Milwaukee WI
Dates: December 8 – 17, 2017
Description: Dinosaurs, wooly mammoths, the Ice Age, world war, and your basic suburban family. Thronton Wilder’s allegorical play about, well… the entire history of mankind. This Pulitzer prize-winning play by one of America’s finest playwrights is a wildly entertaining and thought-provoking explosion of time and space that will stay with you long after the final curtain. 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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