"Lucky Stiff" Comes to UW-WC Stage

Fall Show is Classic Musical Farce

UW-Washington County will present four performances of Lucky Stiff in the campus theatre in early November.The evening performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 4, 5, and 11, 12 at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. Free parking is available.

Based on The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, the show is a classical musical farce, complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming British shoe salesman, who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo.  Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry stands to inherit six million dollars!  If he fails, the money goes to his Uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.  Music is by Stephen Flaherty.  Book & Lyrics is by Lynn Ahrens.  UW-WC Communications and Theatre Professor, Brad Ford, will produce and direct the performance.  

Lucky Stiff includes six main characters.  David Pecsi of West Bend plays Harry Witherspoon, the shy, sweet-natured and insecure young Englishman.  Luigi Gaudi, the boisterous Italian, is played by Aaron Hetzel of West Bend.  Annabel Glick, a representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, is played by Leah Heilman of West Bend.  Danielle Rogne of West Bend plays Rita La Porta, a passionate and volatile woman.  Vincent Di Ruzzio, brother to Rita LaPorta, is played by Scott Knop of West Bend.  Tony Hendon is played by Dan Kaneiss of Grafton. The ensemble includes Kris Holly of West Bend, Liz Schroeder of West Bend, Darlene Scott of Slinger, and Aja Zarling of Slinger.

The assistant director and stage manager is Ginger Starr; choreographer is Lisa Schnabel; director of music is Tom Utschig; scenic artist is Lisa Rowe; costume manager is Pat Fox; and lighting board operator is Jessica DeLaurier.  Crew members include: Jessica DeLaurier, Sarah Heilman, Aaron Hetzel, Daniel Kaneiss, Seth Kieser, Casandra Mullen, Amanda Nachreiner, Alyson Parnow, and Brook Reinicke.

Tickets for Lucky Stiff are $13 adults and $10 for seniors (over 62) and $9 for youth (under 18). The show is suitable for all ages, with parental guidance suggested for children under 13. For ticket reservations, phone 262-335-5208 or email: jean.kelley@uwc.edu.


Sue Bausch