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Music By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart English Libretto by Dimitri Toscas March 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30 and April 1, 2, 3 Stage Director: Dimitri Toscas Music Director: Pasquale Laurino Assistant Music Director: Ruben Piirainen Set Designer: Ken Goldstein* Costume Designer: Carol J. Blanchard* Lighting Designer: Annmarie Duggan Production Stage Manager: Kimberly Ann McCann Assistant Stage Manager: Lillian Tillson

*Member of the United Scenic Artists This production was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Skylight Opera Theatre 1


A M E S S AG E F R O M T H E S TAG E D I R E C TO R – D I M I T R I TO S C A S I feel like I lived in 1959, even though I was still 6 years a-coming. I know it sounds weird…but I feel like I lived then because of all the endless pages of research I plowed through when I worked with my friend, screenwriter John Hoffman, on his script about the life of Hugh Hefner. The music. The clothes. The lifestyle. The women. All part of my everyday life for over THREE YEARS. No wonder I feel like I was alive then. That’s why I decided to set this take of Cosi fan tutte in that very period – as a kind of catharsis – or a kind of homage… to a film that might never see the light of day – but more importantly, an homage to a period in time that I have grown to adore. The excitement of it! On the brink of something remarkable. Mere moments before the sexual revolution… when a woman wore hose and would never think to take it upon herself to propose. Where men with bryl-creamed hair went to the office to crunch numbers but ended up lighting up a Pall Mall and having a highball before the day was done. A time when everyone – man and woman alike – was kinda’ forced to live in a box. Toe the line. Follow the status quo. This is a world that these new characters are about to turn on its head! What will start as a practical joke, will end up changing their lives for the better – making a new reality that will question the puritanical society of the 1950’s and move our characters into the horizon of a new future, where they can make their own choices and happily live with the ramifications, both good and bad. They will embrace a new understanding of LOVE, because at the end of the work day they will each realize a powerful lesson: “we are all just the same.” A M E S S AG E F R O M T H E A R T I S T I C D I R E C TO R – B I L L T H E I S E N It is always exciting to bring a Mozart opera to the Cabot stage, but especially so when we take a fresh look at a classic like Cosi. Though it was written in 1790, the themes of Cosi are just as relevant today- but in the hands of stage director and librettist Dimitri Toscas this retelling of the Mozart masterpiece breathes new life into the work. Setting the piece in Chicago in the late 1950’s makes the characters and relationships much more accessible to a modern audience while still being true to Mozart’s original intention. Though you will be hearing that wonderful music that many of us have loved for years, you will be experiencing Cosi fan tutte as you never have before. Also exciting…..very, VERY exciting is our 2011/2012 Skylight season. The world premiere opera The Rivals, one of Broadway’s biggest hits The Music Man, the incredible Leslie Fitzwater in Edith Piaf Onstage, the world premiere musical Daddy Long Legs and Sondheim’s masterpiece Sunday in the Park With George. All five of these extraordinary productions have never before been seen on the Cabot stage. Add to that, our two studio theatre productions, Beyond the Ingénue and Things That Go Ding! and you have a 7-show season filled with bold, life-affirming, meaningful stories coming alive onstage in superbly crafted productions. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you this spring for Adding Machine The Musical, the final show in our current season. Celebrating composer Joshua Schmidt, who grew up in the Milwaukee area and spent endless hours in the orchestra pit here at Skylight, we are incredibly proud to present the Wisconsin premiere of his critically acclaimed new work. The New York Times called Adding Machine “a brilliant musical.” Adding Machine The Musical is a show that is not to be missed. 2 Skylight Opera Theatre


A M E S S AG E F R O M T H E M A N AG I N G D I R E C TO R – A M Y S . J E N S E N We are so blessed to have such tremendous and affordable arts and culture right here in Milwaukee. You don’t have to travel to Chicago or New York to experience an amazing night of theatre, dance or music – it’s all right here in your own hometown. It makes me very proud of our performers, designers and staff every time some tells me that they’ve seen a particular show multiple times before (often on Broadway) and thought that Skylight’s production was one of the best they had ever seen. It is, happily, a comment I hear time and time again. The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) will be kicking off their 2011 Campaign on March 29, 2011 right here at the Broadway Theatre Center. UPAF is our largest donor and we are extremely grateful for the annual operating support it provides to us and to all of the groups it supports. It is, in large part, because of the longtime support of UPAF that we have such outstanding performing arts in our community. Skylight is proud to be included in the list of UPAF member and affiliate organizations. We are also very pleased to have been a part of a recent joint effort between three UPAF member companies to provide an opportunity to enjoy not only Skylight’s Cosi fan tutte, but also Florentine Opera’s An Italian Girl in Algiers directed by Skylight’s Artistic Director Bill Theisen and Next Act Theatre’s A Sleeping Country. It was a wonderfully positive effort and we’ve been pleased with the response. We hope to find more collaborative opportunities such as this in the future. We hope you enjoy Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and thank you for being a part of our season. If you aren’t already a subscriber, please consider a subscription to our exciting 2011-2012 season – it’s one you won’t want to miss!

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C O S I FA N T U T T E — S Y N O P S I S Place- Chicago Time- 1959 ACT I Two sisters, Flora and Dora dress for work. At the same time, their boyfriends, Elmer and Randall, ride the elevated train, downtown. At work the men chat about how in love they are with their ladies. Their boss, Al Fonzarello, who can’t take any more of their love sick blather, interrupts them and makes a bet with the men that their girlfriends don’t love them as much as they think they do. The men take him up on the bet. Later, in the hall outside the men’s office, we find Flora and Dora gazing through the hall window, enjoying the view of their handsome boyfriends as they work. Fonzarello announces that the men have been transferred to New York and must go immediately. The couples say a sad goodbye, promising to keep in touch. In the office break room, the women are devastated. Miss Desi, the head of the secretarial pool, urges them to get back to work. Her dislike of the girls is a bit obvious. Dora is beyond consoling. She wails, “Why did I wait for him? Now I’ll die a virgin!” Miss Desi can’t believe her ears. Life has jaded her, a single mom whose man left her for his career. True love doesn’t exist for Desi and she thinks the women are silly to expect it. Desi now wants to teach these women a lesson, so she joins Fonzarello in his silly bet, and tells them that Desi has two friends the women should meet. Elmer and Randall return, disguised as beatniks. They try their best to be cool, but Flora and Dora are onto them. The sisters play along, thinking this is some romantic game. They feign hard-to-get and say they would never cheat on their boyfriends. They send the beatniks away. The men think they’ve won the bet, but Fonzarello won’t give up that easily. He has 24 hours to prove his point and they make a deal to play along. Fonzarello makes the men hide in the storage closet until he comes up with the second part of his plan. It’s lunchtime, and the sisters steal away to their secret spot on the roof, but Fonzarello’s plan interrupts their peaceful lunch. The men rush to the roof and threaten to kill themselves by drinking poison, pretending to be dying. Desi enters as a doctor and tries to save their lives. In a ridiculous turn, the women decide to teach their men a lesson. They pretend to be attracted by the other sister’s man. The men suddenly feel insecure. Everything is upside down now and the sisters need a break to figure things out, but they’ll soon find that they’re in this joke too deep to turn back now. There will be a 20-minute intermission between acts I and II. ACT II Miss Desi explains the Women’s Guide to Love. Back in the sisters’ bedroom, the sisters sadly finish embroidering their “engagement panties” with their boyfriends’ names on them. They try to figure out why their perfect boyfriends would do something so stupid! Then they come up with a plan to really teach them a lesson. They decide to play along and act like they fell in love with these beatniks. Just then, the men call from downstairs. They are on the corner and want to take the girls out. 4 Skylight Opera Theatre


C O S I FA N T U T T E — S Y N O P S I S In a hip, smoky club, the “wrong” couples are on their first dates. Flora and Randall decide to go for a walk and leave Dora to act on the secret plans. In a hot and heavy flirt, Dora convinces Elmer that she’s moved on. She doesn’t love Randall anymore! To prove it, she offers Elmer a token of her love. On the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Flora is not as successful. She can’t bring herself to even lie about leaving Elmer. She recites e.e. cummings to the moon and wishes things were the way they used to be. Randall is thrilled! He thinks they’ve won the bet! The next morning, the men are on the train headed to the office, still in disguise. Each shares their stories about their very different experiences. Randall is proud to say they won the bet, but Elmer has bad news. Dora seems to have fallen in love with him. The men are crushed. Elmer expresses a Man’s Guide to Love. Even though they don’t show it, men have feelings too! Back in the office, the men blame Fonzarello for their pain. This bet has gone too far. In the secretarial pool, the women now manipulate Miss Desi into believing that they want to marry their new lovers, tonight! Desi was right. They refuse to die old maids. Desi buys their lie and reports to the men. The sisters giggle at how easy it is to pull this joke off. The sisters find the men hiding in the closet and express their “true love” for their new boyfriends, just so their rotten boyfriends can hear every word. Later, Fonzarello finds the men, in an emotional heap. He tells them not to beat themselves up. The women can’t help it. They’re just like men…we’re all just the same. On the roof, it’s time for the final blow: the mock wedding. Miss Desi is disguised as an Orthodox Priest and the “wedding” goes off without a hitch. The women sign the marriage certificate. The men are crushed. The sisters can’t contain themselves any longer. They erupt with laughter. They turn the joke against their men and teach them a lesson. Flora and Dora get down on their knees and propose to their real boyfriends. The couples are happily reunited.

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CAST Flora................................................................................................................................ Kathy Pyeatt Elmer........................................................................................................................... Mark Womack Dora.......................................................................................................................... Lindsey Falduto Randall.......................................................................................................................Brandon Wood Fonzarello......................................................................................................................... Peter Clark Despina....................................................................................................Danielle Hermon Wood

ORCHESTR A Violin I...............................................................................Alexander Mandl, Pamela Simmons, Gerald Loughney, Catherine Bush Violin II............................................................................................. Pamela Foard, Kris Hurlebus Viola..............................................................................................Olga Tuzhilkov, Amanda Koch Cello....................................................................................................... Scott Cook, Trischa Loebl Bass................................................................................................................................Charles Grosz Timpani/Percussion............................................................................................. Michael Lorenz Piano........................................................................................................................Ruben Piirainen

WHO’S WHO Kathy Pyeatt (Flora) – Kathy is happy to be back at Skylight where she was previously seen as an elegant debutante (Constanza, The Abduction from the Seraglio), frustrated mom (Mother, Hansel and Gretel), frumpy old maid (Berta, The Barber of Seville) and a young peasant (Gianetta, The Elixir of Love). Upcoming, she portrays Tosca with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri and debuts with the Asheville Lyric Opera. Recent performances include: Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with St. Petersburg Opera, First Lady (The Magic Flute) Florentine Opera, Micaela (Carmen) Fox Valley Symphony, and Annelies a new work based on the Diary of Anne Frank with the Key Chorale in Sarasota, Florida. Kathy is the director for the Wisconsin District MET Auditions, which she has won and in which she was a two-time recipient of the Skylight Opera Theatre Award.

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Mark Womack (Elmer) – Hailed by Opera News as “strikingly warm, gracefully honeytoned,” Mark Womack’s 2010-2011 season includes Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera, Frank Chambers in The Postman Always Rings Twice with the Sacramento Opera, Marcello in La Boheme with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, baritone soloist in the Faure and Durufle Requiems at Carnegie Hall, and a return to the Utah Festival Opera in the summer of 2011 for the title role in Don Giovanni and Joe Cable in South Pacific. Mark’s versatility as a performer has lead to an array of unique projects such as Baz Luhrmann’s highly acclaimed production of La Boheme, in which he made his Broadway debut as Marcello. Engagements in 2009-2010 included Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women with Syracuse Opera, Marcello in La Boheme with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Escamillo in Carmen with Utah Festival Opera. In previous


W H O ’ S W H O ( c o n t .) seasons, Mark has performed Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Sarasota Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni with Anchorage Opera, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Mississippi Opera, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette with Opera North, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut with Dicapo Opera Theater and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Mark has also made appearances with Connecticut Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, El Paso Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Spectrum Artist program. Brandon was also a four-time Regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. He was twice an apprentice artist with the prestigious Santa Fe Opera where he sang under the batons of Alan Gilbert and Evelino Pido. While singing with Santa Fe Opera, Brandon was given the Katherine Mayer Award and was engaged by New York City Opera. He was also chosen to cover both leading tenor roles in the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, based on a novel by Salman Rushdie. Brandon has Lindsey Falduto appeared in concert with John Moriarty (Dora) – A mezzoand was twice invited to Osaka, Japan soprano, Lindsey is to perform in a month-long series of quickly gaining Christmas concerts for Universal attention and critical Studios Japan. He returned to his native acclaim among many Virginia to create the role of Captain regional opera John Smith in the world premiere of companies across the United States. Lind Tutas-Haugen’s Pocahontas Highlights from her career include celebrating the 400th anniversary of Dido, Dido and Aeneas and Consuelo, Jamestown for the Virginia Arts Festival. West Side Story, Central City Opera; Polly, Brandon has also returned to Virginia in The Beggar’s Opera and Rosina, Il recital and as a part of Virginia Opera’s Barbiere di Siviglia with DuPage Opera Lucia di Lammermoor. He is thrilled to Theatre; Dinah, Trouble in Tahiti and return to Skylight and to once again Paquette, Candide, Pine Mountain Music share the stage with his wife Danielle Festival and Featured Soloist, Today’s and an amazing company. This time Tonys, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Ms. though, the Wood family has brought Falduto is excited to make her role and along their newest addition, Sydney, house debut as Dorabella in Cosi fan who will be celebrating her first tutte with Skylight Opera Theatre. She birthday in Milwaukee. has been honored to win the District Level of the Metropolitan Opera Peter Clark National Council Auditions and the Ken (Fonzarello) – Killer Williams Award at Central City Peter last appeared Opera. Lindsey is a proud member of at Skylight in the AEA and received her Bachelors and 2008-2009 season Masters Degrees from the as the Pirate distinguished Jacob’s School of Music King in Pirates of at Indiana University. Penzance. A distinguished interpreter of contemporary opera and musical Brandon Wood theater as well as standard opera and (Randall) – A native concert works, he recently sang the of Hampton, Virginia, Count for Chelsea Opera’s Le Nozze Brandon began his di Figaro and Donner in Liederkranz career as an Opera’s Das Rheingold, both in his apprentice in the hometown of New York City. With Virginia Opera Elysium he was Edwin in the Italian Skylight Opera Theatre 7


W H O ’ S W H O ( c o n t .) premiere of Ernst Krenek’s What Price Confidence? at the Teatro dell’ opera di Roma and Ezzelin in the world premiere of Egon Lustgarten’s Dante im Exil at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. In past seasons he has also appeared at Ashlawn Opera as Frank Butler, Henry Higgins, and King Arthur in Camelot. Recent concert work in NYC includes Schubert’s Winterreise at the Bechstein Salon and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Grace and Spiritus. He has been singled out in the New York Times as a “rascally and irrepressible Top” in Bronx Opera’s The Tender Land and as “stentorian and stylish” in the role of Jehovah in the world premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s Cain. Danielle Hermon Wood (Despina) – Danielle is excited to be back at Skylight after performing here as Musetta in Skylight’s production of La Boheme and Dorine in Tartuffe. Throughout her career, Ms. Wood has been involved in many different arenas of the entertainment world. She has performed as a back up singer for Sting in his New York City XM Radio Concert, as a soprano soloist in Universal Studios Japan Christmas Concerts, in commercials for Sprint/Nextel, concert engagements as the soprano soloist with the Singapore Symphony in Handel’s Messiah as a soloist with Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band. Other notable performances include Lucy in Opera Omaha’s production of Threepenny Opera, Narrator in the world premiere of Gershon Kingley’s Raoul at the Goethe Institute, NYC and Belle in Thea Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol with Virginia Opera. She has performed with the Santa Fe Opera in their apprentice scenes and has spent four summers with The Utah Festival Opera Company in such roles as The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, Electra in Gypsy, Susan in Desert Song, and Lizette in Naughty Marietta. Ms. Wood received her Bachelor of Fine Arts 8 Skylight Opera Theatre

from Carnegie Mellon University where she was the winner of the Concerto Competition. She went on to receive her Masters of Music from The Manhattan School of Music where she was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. Dimitri Toscas (Stage Director) – Dimitri is thrilled to be returning to Skylight (where he wrote and directed the new libretto for Verdi’s La Traviata and performed the role of the Padre in Man of LaMancha.) Toscas’ recent directing credits include: Plaid Tidings, Seussical, two productions of Sweeney Todd (one assistant directing at Cleveland Opera for Skylight’s own Bill Theisen); a critically-acclaimed La Boheme at Piedmont Opera; and two productions of H.M.S. Pinafore (one of which starred Kathy Pyeatt, whom you will see this evening live on stage!), as well as several other opera and musical theatre productions. Toscas garnered recognition for writing, directing and designing family productions at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA, including: original musical adaptations of Cinderella! (based on the opera La Cenerentola), The Magic Flute (based on Mozart’s comedic opera, which starred Paul Vogt of MADtv and Broadway’s Hairspray) and an original musical version of The Little Mermaid, all commissioned and produced by celebrated film director Gary Marshall (Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries, Valentine’s Day). Toscas also served on an Entertainment Task Force that developed new shows for Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. Recent screenwriting credits include: Playboy (the Hugh Hefner bio-pic by writer John Hoffman for Universal Pictures), “American Envy” (a television pilot for Showtime) and the animated feature film Igor for MGM. Currently, Toscas is a freelance writer for the Development Department of Aardman Feature Animation in London, and is a founding member of the L.A.based performance group Acousa. (Hear them at www.acousalive.com)


W H O ’ S W H O ( c o n t .) Pasquale Laurino (Music Director) – Pasquale is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his career in music this season with conducting engagements throughout the Midwest including the world premiere of the Milwaukee Ballet’s critically acclaimed Peter Pan. Recently named artistic director and conductor of the Racine Symphony, his guest conducting appearances this season include the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Elmhurst Choral Union, the Sheboygan Symphony and the Skokie Valley Symphony. He served as the artistic director for five years of the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Concertante where he led concerts from the concertmaster position. He was appointed conductor and artistic director of the Concord Chamber Orchestra from 1987-1992. Maestro Laurino’s artistic home for over two decades has been Skylight, where he has conducted everything from the bel canto masterworks, LaCenerentola to Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Lucia di Lammermoor to La Boheme and The King and I. In 2002, the Copland Opera, The Tender Land appeared on PBS with Maestro Laurino conducting and providing commentary during the intermission feature. In 2004 he conducted the premiere production of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince directed by Francesca Zambello. Mr. Laurino is the associate conductor of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and regularly conducts the popular Nutcracker productions. He has been on the faculty of Carroll College, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley as conductor, violin/viola teacher and as a chamber music coach. Maestro Laurino currently resides in Chicago where his is a conductor with L’Opera Piccola and guest conductor of Light Opera Works. Mr. Laurino has participated in numerous festivals in Europe and the States including the Macerata Opera and Festivale della Valle d’Itria in Italy and the Gent Opera

Festival in Belgium. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Festival as conductor and violinist. Ruben Piirainen (Assistant Music Director) – Ruben is thrilled to be back at Skylight after making his debut with H.M.S. Pinafore. He holds degrees in piano performance from Lawrence University and Bowling Green State University. He has worked with numerous local groups including Sunset Playhouse, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Present Music, Festival City Symphony, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Music by the Lake, and many top high school theatre programs. Singers around the world use his extensive recordings for Hal Leonard’s Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology and Disney Songs series. He has performed in over 100 recitals across the country and made his international debut at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ken Goldstein (Set Designer)* – Ken is delighted to return to Skylight (truly one of his favorite places) having designed past productions of Animal Crackers, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Blues in the Night. Ken is the Assistant Professor of Set Design at SUNY New Paltz, and Resident Set Designer at Northern Stage. He has also designed at Capital Rep, Barrington Stage Company, Orlando Rep, The New York Theatre Institute and Seaside Music Theater. New York includes numerous NYMF shows including this season’s POP Art, Trojan Women: A Love Story, Orestes by Chuck Mee, The Lady Next Door. MFA in Set Design from Brandeis University, member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. Carol J. Blanchard (Costume Designer)* – Carol is delighted to be returning to Skylight where her work was last seen in The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. She has designed for companies such as Cleveland Symphony’s Blossom Opera (Falstaff), New York’s Hillman Opera Skylight Opera Theatre 9


Original Music by: JOSH SCHMIDT Libretto by : JASON LOEWITH & JOSH SCHMIDT

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Already a hit in New York and Chicago, Milwaukee native Josh Schmidt wrote this award-winning, darkly comic and heartbreakingly beautiful musical with Skylight in mind. We are thrilled to be performing this Wisconsin premiere. Box Office 414-291-7800 skylightopera.com supported by


W H O ’ S W H O ( c o n t .) (Hansel and Gretel), Shakespeare in the Park (Much Ado About Nothing, A Winter’s Tale), First Stage Children’s Theatre (Seussical, The Sleeping Beauty), Karamu Theatre (Devil Mas, Hamlet Jones), and the Champlain Shakespeare Festival (Love’s Labours Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest). Her Chicago credits include Goodman Theatre/Silk Road Theatre (Yohen), Drury Lane (Barefoot in the Park, Of Thee I Sing), Victory Gardens Theatre (The Boys Room, Love Person, Jacob and Jack, A Guide for the Perplexed), Porchlight Music Theatre (Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, Once on This Island), Appletree Theatre (Wings, Match), and the Silk Road Theatre Project (Scorched, Merchant On Venice, Pangs of the Messiah). Her work for PTAP includes RIGHT, Einstein’s Dreams, The Quiltmaker’s Gift and 7 Doors. She has been honored with a Joseph Jefferson Award for Costume Design and an After Dark Award for her collaboration in the Silk Road Theatre’s Golden Child. She is a Professor Emeritus of Design at The State University of New York. Annmarie Duggan (Lighting Designer) – Ms. Duggan is excited to return to Skylight, having last designed Blues In the Night. Current Project: Panther and Crane, Ibex Puppetry, Orlando, FL. Off-Broadway: Jolson & Co. (Century Center) Syria America (Greenwich Street Theatre), Clue The Musical (Players Theatre). Regional: American Girl Place Theatre, Chicago, LA, and New York, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Foothills Theatre, Northern Stage, Wachusett Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Utah Musical Theatre, Lycian Centre, Florida Rep. Opera: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Manhattan School of Music). Dance: Navidad Flamenca (NJPAC) and Mujeres y Hombres (New Victory Theatre). Ms. Duggan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, teaching Lighting Design and Stage Management.

Kimberly Ann McCann (Production Stage Manager) – Kimberly is excited to be returning for her third show at Skylight after doing Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Dames at Sea. Her regional credits include: A Civil War Christmas at Northlight Theatre (Chicago), Million Dollar Quartet (Chicago). Broadway credits: Curtains. Off-Broadway credits include: Bill W. and Dr. Bob, How to Save the World, John Ferguson. Other credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (San Francisco); Door Shakespeare’s The Rivals, Much Ado About Nothing; Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s Titus Andronicus; four productions at Colorado Shakespeare Festival; toured with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre and numerous productions at The Juilliard School. Kimberly is a graduate of Illinois State University and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Lillian Tillson (Assistant Stage Manager) – Lillian is happy to be joining Skylight for her second season as Assistant Stage Manager. Past Skylight credits include: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; H.M.S. Pinafore; An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan; Barber of Seville; The Marriage of Figaro; Plaid Tidings and A Day in Hollywood /A Night in the Ukraine. Lillian has also had the pleasure of working with some other wonderful local companies such as Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, Youngblood and Renaissance Theaterworks. She received her BFA in Stage Management from UWMilwaukee. Thank you for supporting Skylight and enjoy the show!

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April 14 - May 1, 2011 Which son will win the throne? This classic black comedy serves up a tasty slice of British history. Directed by C. Michael Wright Featuring Tracy Michelle Arnold, Lenny Banovez, Alexandra Bonesho, J. Patrick Cahill, Brian Mani, Joe Picchetti & Marcus Truschinski Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward

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P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Director of Production................................................................................................Mark Turner Technical Director..................................................................................................Robert Wagner Assistant Technical Director............................................................................Steve Gillingham Technical Assistant.......................................................................................... Alexander Moliere Scenic Carpenters................................................................................Adam Held, John Danish Production Stage Manager..................................................................Kimberly Ann McCann Assistant Stage Manager........................................................................................ Lillian Tillson Properties Director................................................................................................ Lisa Schlenker Properties Carpenter............................................................................................. Jennifer Lyons Properties Artist........................................................................................................ Ana McHenry Properties Apprentice.................................................................................................. Nikki Kulas Scenic Charge....................................................................................................................Carri Dahl Scenic Artists...........................................................................Daniel Schuchart, Jason Schultz Scenic Artist Apprentice....................................................................................Brooklyn Henke Costume Director...................................................................................................... Shima Orans Costume Shop Manager................................................................................................Barry Link Stage Supervisor................................................................................................... Andrew Booher Run Crew.......................................................................................................................... Adam Held Lead Props.................................................................................................................. Nicole Walter Wig Master, Hair stylist, Wardrobe.........................................................................Justin Deehr Wardrobe.............................................................................................................................Barry Link Wig Design..................................................................................................................... Lara Dalbey Milliner...................................................................................................... Aliceson Hackett-Rubel Stitchers......................................................................................Carie Bronson, Jeanne Schrank Tailor...................................................................................................................................Jef Ouwens Directing Intern........................................................................................Meghan Mary Folkerts Stage Management Intern....................................................................................... Allison Hunt Artistic Intern.................................................................................................................Aaron Davis AV Supervisor.......................................................................................................................Gary Ellis Master Electrician...................................................................................................Ryan Bertelson Electricians.............................................................................. Andrew Booher, Kevin Connolly, Jason Schultz, Katie Whittaker, Doug Vance Light Board Operator............................................................................................Kevin Connolly Spot Operators........................................................................... Terry Valdovinos, Doug Vance 2 010 - 2 011 S U B S C R I B E R B E N E F I T PA R T I C I PA N T S Artasia Bella Caffé Charles Allis Art Museum Dash and Dazzle Tanning DigiCOPY, Inc. Fanatics Sports Central Haggerty Museum of Art Hilo Martini Lounge Restaurant Karl Ratzsch’s Restaurant Katie Gingrass Gallery Leslie Davis Preservation Framing Lela Shoo Swig Third Ward Caffè Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Water Buffalo

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S K Y L I G H T O P E R A T H E AT R E B OA R D S 2010-2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Stollenwerk, President Betty Arndt F. Tessa Escamilla Bartels Marta Bianchini Rick Bliss Christine Bukowski Michael Bula Jamie Delgadillo Storm Elser Laura Emory John Flanagan

Byron Foster Susan Godfrey Lindsay Holbrook Hammerer David Harvey Mark Huber Valerie Johnson Tracey Klein Terrance Kurtenbach Christopher Layden Michael Lueder

Michelle Mattson Howard Miller James Plunkett Mary Ann Renz Curtis Sawyer Paul Sweeney F. Colin Cabot (Honorary Director)

BOARD OF ADVOCATES John Shannon, Chair Polly Beal Dorothy Biwer Mary Emory Suzy Foster Harry Franke Sue Frautschi Timothy Frautschi Lloyd Gerlach Roy Gromme Sue Gromme Katie Harding Grace Johnson

Syd Johnson William Johnson Kipp Koester Pam Kriger Bill LeFeber Arthur F. Lubke, Jr. Zabelle Malkasian Sally Manegold Steve Mech Susan Montgomery Susan Nichols Jeff Nohl

Jane O’Connell Nick Owen Mary Pollock Greg Reiter Blaine Rieke Linda Rieke Julia Taylor Teri Vice David B. Williams Nick Wilson Herbert Zien

SKYLIGHTERS BOARD Jamie Delgadillo, President Heather A. Dunn Karissa Feller Sherry Johnson Amy Schmidt Jones Rebecca Lawnicki Christopher Layden

Karen Lemmer Samantha Moldonado Kate Mann Sara Miller Anne Nimke Farand Pawlak

Bobbi Polacheck Mary Jo Trotter Kay Valcq Britt Waller Stephanie Wesselowski

PAST PRESIDENTS Mary Emory Matt Flynn Byron Foster Sue Frautschi Timothy Frautschi

Jack Gardner Suzanne Hefty Howard Miller Jeff Nohl Nick Owen

Mary Pollock Larry Salustro Richard Wright

AC K N OW L E D G E M E N T S Kris Klein; Klein’s Piano Workshop; Sandra Strawn; UWM Department of Theatre; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Prop Shop 14 Skylight Opera Theatre


Florentine Opera Company 2010-2011 Season

William Florescu, General Director

a lush Baroque double-bill

May 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21 & 22, 2011 Vogel Hall

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

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414-291-5700 ext. 224 www.Florentine O pera .org Production Sponsored by Nita Soref

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S K Y L I G H T O P E R A T H E AT R E S TA F F AMY S. JENSEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR BILL THEISEN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Diana Alioto, Director of Artistic Operations Cindy Haas, Finance Director Jim Farrell, Development Director Ray Jivoff, Associate Artistic Director Jennifer Samuelson, Marketing Director Mark Turner, Director of Production and Facilities ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Kelley Arlt....................................................................................................... Box Office Manager Lee Caracci..............................................................................................................House Manager Heather Cocking............................................................................Marketing Project Manager Madeline Cope........................................... Special Events and Donor Relations Manager Corinne Gilbert.....................................................................................Education Administrator Kristin Hansen........................................................................................................Grants Manager Noel T. Henebury-Farmer...................................................................Company Administrator Paul Kaishian.................................................................................................................... Custodian Becca Nielsen................................................................................................. Education Manager Jinnene Ross................................................ Finance Assistant and Benefits Administrator Sara Marie von Hemert-Dachelet........................................................... Campaign Manager Jennifer Stanislowski................................................................................Box Office Supervisor Renae Bastar, Bashir Nuruddin........................................ Weekend Box Office Supervisors Gustavo Chaviano, Jess Jante, Jean Vogel, Gwen Zupan........................ Box Office Staff Carol Komassa, Cara McMullin, Laura Russart.................... Assistant House Manangers PRODUCTION STAFF Ryan Bertelson.................................................................................................. Master Electrician Andrew Booher...................................................................................................Stage Supervisor Carri Dahl................................................................................................................... Scenic Charge John Danish..........................................................................................................Scenic Carpenter Gary Ellis.................................................................. Audio Visual Supervisor and IT Manager Steve Gillingham...........................................................................Assistant Technical Director Adam Held ...........................................................................................................Scenic Carpenter Brooklyn Henke............................................................................................... Scenic Apprentice Nikki Kulas...................................................................................................Properties Apprentice Barry Link............................................................................................... Costume Shop Manager Michael Lorenz............................................................................................Orchestra Contractor Jennifer Lyons.............................................................................................. Properties Carpenter Alexander Moliere..........................................................................................Technical Assistant Shima Orans...................................................................................................... Costume Director Ruben Piirainen....................................................................................Associate Music Director Lisa Schlenker.................................. Properties Director & Assistant Director of Facilities Kimberly Ann McCann..................................................................Production Stage Manager Lillian Tillson.......................................................ASM and Production and Facility Assistant Rob Wagner........................................................................................................Technical Director


S K Y L I G H T O P E R A T H E AT R E C I R C L E O F D O N O R S Skylight recognizes and honors, with our deepest gratitude, the following individuals, foundations, organizations, businesses and government agencies who provided support to our Annual Campaign and helped us to deliver high quality music theatre productions to the Greater Milwaukee community. A special thanks to the members of the Clarion Society, who have made multi-year commitments of pledging $5,000 or more for the Annual Campaign (these members are listed as bold). Our thanks, too, for the many donors of $249 and under whose gifts are vital to the Skylight’s continuing success, we regret there is not space to list them all. (This list is current as of March 9, 2011.) BENEFACTOR CIRCLE $25,000+ Anonymous Assurant Health The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation F. Colin & Paula Cabot Joe & Gwenn Graboyes David & Margarete Harvey The Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation Skylighters of Wisconsin Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust Stollenwerk Family Charitable Foundation United Performing Arts Fund STAR CIRCLE $10,000-$24,999 Anonymous (2) Robert W. Baird & Company Barbara & Don Buzard Chase Greater Milwaukee Foundation Halbert and Alice Kadish Fund Mary L. Nohl Fund Pain Fund Johnson Bank Terry & Kristie Kurtenbach Midwest Airlines Howard & Sara Miller Northwestern Mutual Foundation Verne & Marion Read Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust David & Julia Uihlein Charitable Foundation US Bank The Windhover Foundation

SPONSOR CIRCLE $5,000-$9,999 Anonymous Polly & Robert Beal Alvin & Marion Birnschein Foundation Rick & Wendy Bliss Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation Michael & Anne Marie Bula Richard Carsey & Jurg Oggenfuss Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust John & Mary Emory Ralph Evinrude Foundation Byron & Suzy Foster Marie-Christine & Stephen Fox Lili & Rick Friedman Mary Ann & Lloyd Gerlach Greater Milwaukee Foundation Burns-Schrader Fund Asher & Susan Nichols Family Fund Bill & Sandy Haack John E. Holland & Konrad K. Kuchenbach Freida & William Hunt Memorial Trust Dorothy Inbusch Foundation, Inc. Marie Kohler & Brian Mani Krause Family Foundation Nancy & Arthur Laskin Phoebe & Jack Lewis Anne & Ormand MacDougald Maihaugen Foundation Marcus Corporation Marshall & Ilsley Foundation Nonprofit Management Fund Ildy & Skip Poliner

Meyer & Norma Ragir Foundation Adriana & Robert Ragir Greg & Mary Ann Renz Linda & Blaine Rieke Rockwell Automation Wayne Roper Charles & Patricia Roy Curtis & Candace Sawyer Carol & Kevin Schuele Sempercor Foundation John Shannon & Jan Serr Perry & Vivian Stuckey WE Energies Herb Zien & Liz Levins PRODUCER CIRCLE $2,500-$4,999 Anonymous Nancy H. Balcer Lisa Berman & Larry Dalton Chris & Storm Elser John Flanagan & Deborah Schwartz Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Luedke-Smith Fund Susan Godfrey Lindsay & Peter Hammerer Mark & Nari Huber Carol Jensen Johnson Controls Foundation Tracey & Rick Klein Ruth De Young Kohler Pam Kriger Chris & Emilia Layden Michael Best & Friedrich Susan Nichols Gordana & Milan Racic Renaissance Theaterworks Matthew Sirinek & Michelle Mattson Sigma-Aldrich Foundation Dr. Marcia J.S. Richards and Mr. Donald R. Whitaker Nick & Stoney Wilson

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S K Y L I G H T O P E R A T H E AT R E C I R C L E O F D O N O R S ( c o n t .) DIRECTOR CIRCLE $1,000-$2,499 Richard Adamek Tom & Betty Arndt Lee A. Berthselsen Richard & Kay Bibler Mr. & Mrs. William D. Biersach Mr. & Mrs. Gregg Bolt Gary Briggle John & Olive Bryson Christine & Robert Bukowski Kathryn & John Buono H.H. Camp Foundation Doris Hersh Chortek Carolyn & Dan Doedens Edward Doemland Laura & John Emory, Jr. Mary Lou Findley Leona Fitzsimonds Gardner Foundation Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Lois & Donald Cottrell Fund B Dr. Carl W. Eberbach & Elizabeth Falk Eberbach Fund Margaret Hemingway Wells Fund Mr. & Mrs. Wayne K. Hader Charles & Margaret Harper John & Sara Hein Evan & Marion Helfaer Foundation Terry Hueneke Helen & Ronald Jacobs Amy S. Jensen Diane Lane & Jamie Johns O.K. Johnson, Jr. William R. & Charlotte S. Johnson William Stark Jones Foundation Gary & Judy Jorgensen Kipp & Mary Koester KPMG LLP John E. & Nancy Larson William & Susan LeFeber James & Camilla Levin Franklin Loo & Sally Long Art Lubke & Gloria Tracy Tonya & Michael Lueder Zabelle Malkasian George & Colleen Michel Norman Moses & Carrie Hitchcock Mr. & Mrs. George A. Mosher

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The Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation Robert D. Parrish & Richard E. Steele Clare M. Peters Charitable Trust James G. & Gwen Plunkett Mary S. Pollock PPC Foundation Molly Rhode & Chase Stoeger Daniel Schley & Barbara Haig Service Club of Milwaukee Nita Soref Paula Suozzi & Jonathan West Paul & Lisa Sweeney Target Stores Brian & Joan Wake Dick & Diane Wright DESIGNER CIRCLE $500-$999 David & Patricia Anderson Marilyn Auer F. Tessa & Richard Bartels Jane & Jim Bell Dr. & Mrs. Michael Besch Carolee C. Beutler William & Karen Boyd James Cauley & Breanda Andrews Margaret & B. Lauren Charous Thomas & Belle Chatton John & Kay Crichton Michael Dillon Karen Duffy Mr. & Mrs. Walter Dusold Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation Suzy B. Ettinger David Flores Kristen & Alec Fraser Sue & Tim Frautschi Gardner L.R. & Karen Friedlander Scott & Lyn Geboy Douglas George Peter Glowacki & Charmaine George Mary Jane Gralton Dale & Mary Graves Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Youth Foundation

Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Donald & Barbara Abert Fund Werner M. & Susan W. Krause Family Fund Bill & Gwen Werner Fund Roy & Sue Gromme In honor of the work of Ray Jivoff & Richard Carsey Donald Haack & Karen Smith Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Handrich Arlene Hansen Ralph & Susan Harkins Cheryl & Roy Hauswirth Ed & Priscilla Heinecke Burton & Lynn Hoffman George & Angela Jacobi Dwayne Johnson Sydney & Grace Johnson Richard & Diane Kane Warren & Sally Kreunen Jeanne C. Kuelthau Dale & Sandra Landgren John R. & Coleen E. Marshall John McGivern Anne Grace Nimke Jeffrey & Mary Nohl Dr. Mark & Kristine O’Meara Dr. Nick & Mary Owen David Paris Anthony Petullo Foundation, Inc. Fred Pike & Cecilia Taylor Jack & Martha Prince Steve & Janet Rhode Mickey Ripp Margery J. Senn Robert Spencer Edwin & Jean Stone Robert & Lenore Swoboda Calvin & Pauline Verbrugge VJS Construction Services Sargit Warriner Diane Wiese Carlton & Leslie Wininger Allan & JeanAnn Wirth CHOREOGRAPHER CIRCLE $250-$499 Acme Sales, Inc. Robert & Rebecca Adlam Sara Alter Anonymous (5) Richard & Sara Aster


S K Y L I G H T O P E R A T H E AT R E C I R C L E O F D O N O R S ( c o n t .) L.B. & J.K. Diane Bacha & John Koethe Richard & Carol Bayerlein Foundation LTD Robert Bjerke Andrew & Anita Boyd Matthew Brantley Jill & Frits Broekhuizen Drs. Christine Bryke & Anthony Garber Jim Coleman Donald A. Cress Phil & Pat Crump Bob & Belle Danforth Mrs. Ross H. Dean Bill & Shirley Dentinger Joan Dimow & John Moulder Harry & Barbara Drake Don & Nora Dreske Tom & Bette Drought Brian & Heather Dunn JoAnn Durrett William Eastham John & Polly Edgar Mr. & Mrs. David Eggebrecht Dawna & Emil Ellis Joseph Engman Marianne Holtz Epstein Rachel E. Finger Daniel & Katherine Flaherty Mark & Virginia Gennis Burton Goodman Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Spear Arts Education Fund Katherine Grogan Pauline Haack George B. Haasler Kenneth & Elaine Herro Rose J. Hill Edward M. Hipke Lenore & Reginald Horsman Ann & Fred Horwitz Ironwood Foundation Ron Jacquart & Mike McCarthy Joseph Jensen Ray Jivoff Andrew & Amy Jones Suzette J. Kappes Bruce & Sally Kehl Tim Kitzke John & Patricia Konkel Robert & Patricia Kraft Sybil La Budde

Charles Lenz Laura Lindner John & Marty Lubing Wayne & Kris Lueders John & Audrey Makowski Lee Marquardt RoseMary & Frank Matusinec Christine McGee Barry McNulty Nancy Weiss-McQuide & Mark McQuide Retta & Jeff Meser Jequitta K. Molot Jerry Moses John & Lucia Murtaugh Jane S. O’Connell Lincoln & Mary Oro Larry & Bonnie Paplham Judith Perkins & David Keen Mr. & Mrs. James Petrie Bruce & Candy Pindyck Larry & Bobbi Polacheck Jill Ponasik Jonas & Sylvia Prising Greg Reiter Roger Ritzow Curtis & Patty Robinson Bibi & Greg Rosner Jerold & Lee Dougherty Ross Dr. Emily Schlenker Robert & Sally Schmidt Marsha Ruth Sehler Mark & Karen Sostarich Annette Stoddard-Freeman Brian & Debra Stark Barbara & Christian Steinmetz Edwin & Jean Stone Audrey Strnad Rudolph & Theresa Sundberg Randal Swiggum Alan W. Thompson L. Jean Turner Margery Uihlein Kay Valcq Michael Van Handel Joan & Gary Weida Peggy & David Wells Sue Wells Maggie White Mr. & Mrs. David B. Williams

The Skylight receives support from the following government agencies: City of Milwaukee Arts Board Milwaukee County CAMPAC National Endowment for the Arts Wisconsin Arts Board Thank you to those that have supported the Skylight with an in-kind gift: Assurant Health DigiCOPY Dryit Carpet Dry Cleaning Inc. Entech Dale & Mary Graves NOVA Systems Inc. Dr. Marcia J.S. Richards & Mr. Donald R. Whitaker A special thank you to the following corporations for matching employee gifts: Alliant Energy American Transmission Company AptarGroup Assurant Health Dominion Foundation Eaton Corporation GE Foundation Johnson Controls Quad/Graphics, Inc. Rexnord Rockwell Automation International SPX Foundation WE Energies Well Point We make every effort to ensure that our donors are recognized properly. If we have made an error, please accept our sincere apologies and contact us at (414) 299-4953 so that we may correct it.

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T H E S K Y L I G H T S TA R S The Skylight Stars was established in 1998 to recognize those special donors who have designated The Skylight in a bequest, trust or other planned gift for organization, artistic, capital and endowment initiatives. Thank you very much for your generous support. Christopher Seton Abele Anonymous (8) Dennis & Mary Bersch The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation Aunt Teckie Brumder Barbara & Don Buzard Anne Perkins Cabot F. Colin & Paula Cabot John Dahlberg Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust Hugh & Mary Denison Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trusts John & Mary Emory Marianne Holtz Epstein Byron & Suzy Foster Lloyd & Mary Ann Gerlach Joseph & Gwenn Graboyes Roy & Sue Gromme David & Margarete Harvey Tom & Suzanne Hefty

Jane E. Heinemann Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation John E. Holland Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Grace & Sydney Johnson William & Charlotte Johnson William Stark Jones Halbert & Alice Kadish Fund Jack & Ginny Kopischke Konrad K. Kuchenbach Clarice Laubenheimer Mr. & Mrs. Edward Malkasian Robert & Sally Manegold Dorothea C. Mayer Howard & Sara Miller Susan & Asher Nichols Asher & Susan Nichols Family Foundation Northwestern Mutual Foundation Jane B. Pettit Foundation

James G. & Gwen Plunkett Mr. & Mrs. George William Pollock, Jr. Verne & Marion Read Blaine & Linda Rieke Esther Leah Ritz Rockwell Automation Wayne & Jean Roper Charles & Patricia Roy Larry and Susan Salustro John Shannon & Jan Serr Vince & Joanne Shiely L.B. & Lucy Smith Dale L. Sorden Family Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust John & Jo Ellen Stollenwerk Art Lubke & Gloria Tracy David & Julia Uihlein Charitable Foundation Jon & Teri Vice Audrey Wegner Robert & Joyce Weiss Nora & Jude Werra

C O M M U N I T Y PA R T N E R S

Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust

Maihaugen Foundation

Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust

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TO T H E AU D I E N C E Audience Guide…A free audience guide is generated by Enlighten, Skylight’s education program, with the help of volunteer Justine Leonard. It is meant to provide in-depth background information about the show, including information on the composer and author, source material, historical perspective on the setting, and information about the Skylight directors, designers and performers. The guide is available on our website and in the lobby of the theatre. Bad Weather Policy...Skylight does not cancel or reschedule performances due to inclement weather, nor can we offer refunds. Johnson Bank Cabaret Series...Friday and Saturday evening performances in the Cabot Theatre are followed by a free, 45-minute cabaret show in the Skylight Bar & Bistro. There is not a cabaret performance on opening night. Emergency Contact…If you need to be contacted during the performance, an emergency number is available for your convenience: (414) 908-6645. This extension is a message center for the house manager. Please leave your seat location so we may contact you. Food and Drink...Skylight Bar & Bistro, located on the second floor of the Broadway Theatre Center, is a full-service bar with a pre-theatre dinner menu open two hours before Cabot Theatre performances, at intermission and after performances with the exception of Sunday evenings. For reservations, call Kafevino at (414) 224-4900. Group Discounts...Groups of 10 or more are eligible for our group discount. Make your event unique and ask about our rental spaces for a pre- or post-show reception with cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres, dinner or dessert. Please contact Heather Cocking at (414) 299-4951 for more information or to reserve group tickets. Lost and Found...Leave a message with the House Manager at (414) 908-6645 to check if lost articles have been found. Parking...Convenient, free or low-cost parking is available in several locations. Metered street parking throughout the Historic Third Ward is free after 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays. The Italian Community Center parking lot, three blocks east of the theatre at Jackson and Menomonee streets, is free after 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays; daytime parking is also available for a small fee. Structure parking is available for a small fee in the Third Ward parking structures located at Chicago and Milwaukee streets (two blocks east) and Chicago and Water streets (two blocks west). Recording Equipment & Cameras...The use of recording devices and/or photography is strictly prohibited in the theatre during a performance. Skylight’s Annual Campaign...Consists of individuals, corporations and foundations whose generous gifts allow Skylight to achieve fiscal soundness and artistic excellence. To become a donor, please contact Sara von Hemert-Dachelet, Campaign Manager, at (414) 299-4953. Skylight Insights…Join us for an opportunity to learn more about Skylight Opera Theatre productions. Associate Artistic Director Ray Jivoff will lead pre-performance talks one hour before curtain for every Wednesday and Sunday performance. Special Patron Services... A limited number of infrared hearing systems are available on a first come, first served basis. Audio description, sign language interpretation and wheelchair seating are available and can be arranged in advance by calling (414) 291-7800. Tours...With advance notice, tours of the Broadway Theatre Center and Skylight’s production shops are available throughout the year. Call (414) 299-4972 for reservations.

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B O X O F F I C E I N F O R M AT I O N Skylight Opera Theatre’s Box Office is located in the Broadway Theatre Center at 158 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Phone: (414) 291-7800 Hours...Monday through Saturday noon to 6:00 p.m. and two hours prior to all performances. Skylight tickets are available for purchase online at www.skylightopera.com — 24 hours a day/7 days a week! Ticket Exchanges… Season tickets may be exchanged for tickets to another performance of the same production by mail, fax, or in person, up to 48 hours in advance of a performance. Reservations for ticket exchanges may not be made less than 48 hours in advance of the original performance date. Subscribers and single ticket holders who lose their tickets may contact the box office for duplicates; seating locations are on record. All sales are final. Ticket Donations...Ticket holders who are unable to use their tickets may donate them for resale and receive a receipt for a tax-deductible contribution. Just ask the box office for a contribution receipt. Tickets are not refundable, nor may the ticket value be applied to future ticket sales or outstanding pledges. VO L U N T E E R I N F O R M AT I O N The Skylighters... The Skylighters are involved in a variety of activities and special events in support of Skylight. For event or membership information, contact Madeline Cope, Donor Services and Special Events Manager, at (414) 299-4972. Ushers...Sign up for any show at www.skylightopera.volunteerhub.com or email our House Manager, Lee Caracci, at leec@skylightopera.com Volunteer for the Skylight… For over 50 years, Skylight Opera Theatre as been providing fun on and off the stage! To learn more, email volunteer@ skylightopera.com

G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N Skylight Opera Theatre Broadway Theatre Center 158 North Broadway Milwaukee, WI 53202 Administrative Office: (414) 291-7811 Box Office: (414) 291-7800 www.skylightopera.com Skylight Opera Theatre is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), member of OPERA America, Theatre Wisconsin, Visit Milwaukee, the Historic Third Ward Association, and Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and is a cultural partner of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Arts in Community Education (ACE) Program

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