Thursday, August 28, 2014

Laughter on the Lakeshore Featuring Many of Your HAR Faves! Come Join Us!

Tom Bartelme, Jason Prigge, James Gordon and Jerri Burkart as members of The Peaceful Glen Memorial Players


            “Barbecuing Hamlet” a fast paced farce, is the featured play at the second annual Laughter on the Lakeshore, a partnership benefiting the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, and Heart-A-Rama. The show will be presented Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the UW-Manitowoc University Theatre. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door, at LaDeDa Books and Beans, 1624 New York Ave, or online from the UW-Manitowoc website www.manitowoc.uwc.edu
Special pre-show events will take place prior to the Saturday performance. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. there will be live music by “Givin’ Up the Ghost,” with a cash bar and food, featuring pulled pork sandwiches, candied bacon and more available from Village Hearthstone Restaurant.

So here's the 411 on the play....When Margo Daley leaves New York and moves to small town America to accept her dream job, directing a production of “Hamlet”, she has no idea what lies in wait.  Her new employers, The Peaceful Glen Memorial Players, perform in a renovated funeral home, above the apartment of an obnoxious tenant who regularly, and with vigor, pounds on the ceiling when rehearsals get the least bit noisy. 
            Four well meaning but eccentric townsfolk attend auditions for a play that requires a cast of thirty.  In addition, Margo must insert the names of the theatre’s sponsors in the show.  There is no end to the absurd local requirements Margo must follow in order to please the dysfunctional theatre council.  In the spirit of the wildly popular mockumentary “Waiting for Gufman”, “Barbecuing Hamlet” pokes good natured fun at the community theatre experience.


            Cast members include Tina Prigge, Joey Putman, Ellen Peronto, Rick Oswald, Gary Moore, Lori Krueger, Jason Prigge, Charles Allger, James Gordon, Jerri BurkartKelly Becker, Tom Bartelme, and Dr, Charles Clark, Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc.
Kevin Hansen adding some artistry to the set
            Suzanne Lawrence, Director of Continuing Education is the producer and Bev Denor is the director.  Set builders and painters include Chris Lochmann, Tom Bartelme, James Gordon, Kevin Hansen and Terry YorkChris Lochmann is sound and light technician. Karen Schweitzer-Olson will stage manage with assistance from Maddie Hansen and Teak Prigge.   Poster design and marketing team includes Teresa Satori and Heidi Dahlberg.
The play is written by Pat Cook and produced in arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company.
For more information, contact Suzanne Lawrence at 683-4702 or visit www.uwmanitowoc.uwc.edu.