UW-Washington County is preparing for its fall theatre production of The Beaux’ Stratagem. Produced and directed by UW-WC Professor Brad Ford. Three performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. Auditions were held on October 2 and the cast includes:
Graham Killeen, West Bend as Jack Archer (a gentleman of broken fortune, acting as a servant)
Christophe Jenkins, West Bend as Tom Aimwell (a gentleman of broken fortune, acting as his master)
Austin Ross, Random Lake as Hounslow (a highwayman)
Kristofer Holly, West Bend as Mr. Gloss (a man of two professions, highwayman and clergyman)
Shaun Kempf, West Bend as Mr. Sullen (Lady Bountiful’s son, brutal to his wife)
Anne Widmayer, West Bend as Lady Bountiful (a country gentlewoman, foolishly fond of her son)
T.J. Little, Shorewood as Boniface (landlord of an inn)
Chris Storms, West Bend as Bagshot (a highwayman)
Lisa Rowe, West Bend as A Country Woman (seeking medical advice)
Amanda Gresch, Fredonia as Dorinda (Lady Bountiful’s daughter)
Danielle Rogne, West Bend as Cherry (the landlord’s daughter)
Jacqueline Gosz, Slinger as Mrs. Kate Sullen (Lady Bountiful’s daughter-in-law)
Julia Shaw, Kewaskum as A Lady (set upon by robbers and disconcerted by it)
Halie Becker, West Bend as the servant, Fanny
Amy Kottke, Germantown as the servant, Lucy
Ginger Starr, Juneau as the servant, Moll
Assistant Director is Katie Kottke, Stage Manager is Amy Kottke, Technical Director is Dan Koenings, and lighting will be handled by Katherine Smith and Bethany Roeglin. Stage crew members include: Amirah AbuLughod, Sam Chones, Sarah Fleishman, Candace Herriges, Kristofer Holly, Keith Lester, Cornell McCarty, Jr., Jacob Montanez, Katherine Smith, Ginger Starr, and Diane Thomas.
The Beaux’ Stratagem takes place in Litchfield England in 1707. The restoration comedy was written in 1707 by George Farquhar and later adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig. It was first produced by the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2006. Two penniless playboys, Aimwell and Archer, leave London in search of fortune, love and fame – in that order. The two beaux’s stratagem is to search for a wealthy lady to marry so they can repair their fortunes. Aimwell, the gentleman, soon strikes up a friendship with the beautiful Dorinda, daughter of the wealthy Lady Bountiful. Meanwhile, Archer, Aimwell’s servant, strikes up an extremely worldly friendship with Kate, Dorinda’s sister-in-law. Kate is married to Sullen, the country squire (who is into hunting, eating and drinking). The fall play contains “laugh out loud” humor with its deceitful lovers, highway robbers and romantic hi-jinks. The story and ending may seem familiar, but the journey will have you laughing in your seat!
For advance tickets, phone the main office at 262-335-5208 (Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm). Tickets are $12 adults and $9 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). Half-price tickets are available for Thursday night’s performance. UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Free parking is available in the student lot.