WAUKESHA - If you’re
looking for something unique to do this weekend and are already tired of
shaking sand out of every toy your child insists on packing for a day at
the beach, head to The Waukesha Civic Theatre.
The Adaptive Community
Approach Program Playmakers, an inclusive theater troupe made up of
community actors with and without disabilities in a variety of age groups,
will be performing ‘The Tortoise And The Hare: The Rematch!’
The show runs from
today through Sunday and is the 12th collaboration between the WCT and
ACAP Playmakers in nine seasons.
Patty Chones, director
of the ACAP Playmakers, has been with the group since its creation, and
said the upcoming production is a parody of the classic Aesop Fable, but
with a twist about winning and losing.
family-friendly show that explores what it really means to be a winner,”
between the WCT and ACAP began in 2006. Each year, members and community
actors associated with the theater team up to produce and perform several
productions throughout the year. The ACAP has been serving people with
disabilities throughout Waukesha County for more than 30 years. Chones
said the biggest reward as director is seeing people with disabilities
show off their abilities on stage to audiences and in rehearsals to their
nondisabled cast members.
with the Waukesha Civic Theatre is in its ninth year and has seen growth
not only in the production quality but in the personal growth of the cast
members,” she said.
Chones said the
production this weekend is original and explores what happened after the
famous race between the Tortoise and the Hare.
The great upset victory changed the Tortoise and the Hare in very
different ways. Although losing is a condition that no one relishes,
winning has its own problems to consider. In the process of regaining his
sense of pride and purpose, the Hare must wrestle with many questions
about winning and losing, which impels him to search for the answers. His
ego tempts him to return to his old ways, while his friend, Shrew, points
him to a better way.
“The show features
music parodies of such songs as “Lido Shuffle,” “Honesty,” and
“Zoot Suit Riot” sung by the cast,” she said. “Many hours of
rehearsal have gone into this effort to learn song lyrics, dance steps,
and scene changes. We have certainly learned that we need each person’s
efforts to make the show work.”
Chones said this
production was the quickest production schedule to date for the ACAP
PlayMakers, starting in late April for performances in July. Typically,
the production takes around five months.
challenge in undertaking such a project is to coordinate multiple
accommodations for a large cast,” she said. “With mobility devices and
communication devices being employed during the show, it is necessary to
figure out alternative ways to choreograph movements and character
John Cramer, managing
artistic director of the WCT said teaming up with the ACAP goes beyond
stage, as well.
“We have also worked
together on anti-bullying workshops as part of our outreach program,
taking the workshop into the schools in our community,” he said. “This
relationship, like so many that we have with countless organizations and
businesses, is vital to WCT and to the community, bringing more people
together from all walks of life to serve the community with enriching,
challenging, and entertaining programs.”
Chones said she has
experienced quiet, shy people come to life on stage.
“For some reason,
performing a role frees individuals from many of the labels and limits
that are often imposed upon them,” she said. “The synergy between this
diverse collection of people is amazing to experience from a director’s
perspective as well as from an audience’s perspective.”
Cramer said every
theatrical performance relies on the cast, crew, and staff to bring the
story to life, and this show is no exception.
“Hours of rehearsal
and preparation, both as a group and on your own, are required of every
person involved in the show,” he said. “Actors will give 75 to 150
hours of their valuable time to help create the collaborative art that is
shared with the community.”
Chones said she is
grateful to the WCT for the continued collaboration and hopes the audience
takes away the message that everyone has a gift to share.
“This is wide
variety of people coming together to share talents and abilities on a
project that benefits everyone,” she said.
The WCT is
Waukesha’s cultural cornerstone, starting its 58th season, and deserves
the support of the community for providing a wide range of entertainment
and educational opportunities throughout the year, Cramer said.
“When you look at
our calendar of events, you can see that we have nearly 80 different,
unique performances, and more than 60 theater arts education offerings
over the season, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2015” he said.
“ACAP provides incredible services and benefits to the community, as
well, and our partnership is a rare one. I
don’t know of any other theaters that partner with an organization like
ACAP, and the productions we present are inspiring and uplifting.”
At a glance
What: “The Tortoise
And The Hare: The Rematch”
When: Shows are at
12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Waukesha Civic
Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha
Tickets: $10 for
adults, $8 for students, seniors and military