UW-Washington County (UW-WC) will present Love in Naples as their spring theatre production on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 9-11 at 7:30 pm in the campus theatre. UW-WC’s Rick Ponzio, a senior lecturer in the Communications and Theatre Department, wrote and will direct the slapstick Italian comedy set in Late Renaissance Naples.
The six-member cast includes Leandro (played by Shaun Kempf of West Bend) who is lost at sea. His fiancée, Beatrice (played by Megan Bell of West Bend) is being forced to marry Leandro’s father, Pantalone (played by Frank Maraihazy Jr. of Slinger), by her mother, Dottore (played by Abbey Reinke of Allenton) to provide an heir for the two families. Disguised as a young boy, Beatrice runs away only to be challenged on a street by the unrecognizable Leandro. Defeating Leandro, Beatrice recognizes him as he pines for her aloud. With the help of their servants, Truffaldina and Francischino (played by Bailey Mahnke and Matt Fichtner, both of West Bend), the young lovers plot to trick their parents into admitting their past love for each other and tying the knot.
Crew members include Bob Reinke (lighting and sound designer), Karen Held (stage manager), Amy Cundari (costume designer/make-up), Cheyenne Rodman (director’s student assistant) and Elsie Garcia (lead scenic painter).
Three performances of Love in Naples are planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, March 9-11 at 7:30 pm. All performances will be in the campus theatre, located on the second floor of the campus. The play is approximately 90 minutes in length and is appropriate for ages 13 and up.
UW-WC’s theatre is located on the second floor of the campus.
Tickets are $15 adults and $13 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). UW-WC students are free (with student ID).
UW-WC is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Free parking is available.