MHS Theatre announces schedule

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The award-winning MHS Theatre celebrates the legacy of family with five shows in its 2017-18 season.

The season opens on Nov. 1 and runs through May 5.

“The stories we tell and the stories we live are complicated and messy, and family is a large part of each human story. This season we take a look at family and the many ways it affects who we are and who we become,” MHS Theatre director Kendra Dando said.

The season kicks off with Skinflints & Scoundrels: Molière's Miser. This translation and adaptation of Molière's classic comedy, The Miser, is set in the opulent court of King Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles. Mayhem abounds with dazzling dandies, tricks and thievery, wise and winsome women, sons and daughters lost at sea and found at last.

The second show of the season, Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan) and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy.

The winter shows open in February with one of the first Wisconsin productions of Girls Like That. When a compromising photograph of teenage Scarlett goes viral, she becomes the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. The play focuses on adolescent female friendship in the present day and its fragility in the face of societal and cultural pressures. Girls Like That was named Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015.

The second winter show is William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which tells the story of an outcast noble who has made himself a ruler of a small island. He uses his powers to enforce his will on his enemies and allies alike. Widely believed to be one of Shakespeare’s last works, The Tempest is part fairy tale, part romance and pure magic.

The season concludes with Big Fish, a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. “It’s beautiful story about the complexity of relationships and coming to understand who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to be remembered,” Dando said.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Show dates are:

  • Nov. 1: Skinflints & Scoundrels: Molière's The Miser
  • Nov. 9-11: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • Feb. 1-3: Girls Like That
  • Feb. 15-17: The Tempest
  • May 3-5: Big Fish

All ticketed shows are open to the public will be presented at the Middleton Performing Arts Center at 2100 Bristol St., Middleton. For tickets and information about any shows, please visit the MHS Theatre website.

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