The curtain rises: plenty of local performances to choose
WALWORTH COUNTY Late winter is a good time to do something indoors, but don’t curl up on the couch. Instead of turning on the television, see a live drama, comedy or musical. Reserve your seats: local theater productions abound in the coming weeks, with a wide offering of performances.
The Whitewater High School Players’ production of Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “The Good Doctor,” will be on stage Feb. 28 through March 3. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the auditorium of Whitewater High School, 534 South Elizabeth St., Whitewater.
Tickets are $7 for adult, $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are on sale at the WHS Box Office or call (262) 472-8178 for reservations.
“The Good Doctor” is a series of sketches based on the writings of Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a feisty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture.
Under the direction of Jim McCulloch, the talented cast and crew includes: Tyler Myszkewicz, Shawn Carey, Matt Lema, Ben Hanson, Melissa Mursch, Connor Dalzin, Erin McManaway, Yvanna Strait, Caleb Hintz, Sally-Kate Hixson, Marren McCulloch, Aubrey Gard, Emma Stutzman, Travis Winger, Destiny Fuchs, Ben Matthews, Janie Triebold, Liz Carey, Leif Sayhun, Jason Shelbourn, Jamison Zaballos and Ali Sedmak.
Dancing Horses Theater, 5065 Wisconsin Highway 50, Delavan. (262) 728-8200, ww.thedancinghorses.com
Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday performances, with horses and a performance by Echo the parrot as seen on “America’s Got Talent.”
Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson. (800) 477-9505, www.firesidetheatre.com
“Footloose,” Feb. 28 through April 14
“Annie Get Your Gun,” April 18 through June 9
Haylofters, Burlington Malt House Theater, 109 N. Main St., Burlington. (262) 763-9873, www.thehaylofters.com
“A Year With Frog and Toad,” produced with Plymouth Congregational Church, family-friendly show, Feb. 28, March 1-3
Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville. (608) 758-0297, www.janesvillepac.org
“Glass Menagerie,” March 14-16, March 22-24
Lakeland Players, Walworth County Performing Arts Center, 15 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn. (262) 723-3013, www.lakeland-players.org
“Leading Ladies,” March 1-3
Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, Ill. (815) 356 -9212, www.rauecenter.org
Nashville Backstage Series: A Country Cabaret, with Sherrie Austin, Tony Haselden and Will Rambeaux, March 1
Clay Jenkinson: Rushmore Speaks, March 2
Lucy’s Comedy Cafe, with Michael Issac, Vince Maranto and host Mike Preston, March 8
“Nothin’ Up My Sleeve,” March 9
Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock, Ill., (815) 338-5300, www.woodstockoperahouse.com
TownSquare Players presents 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, March 8-10, March 15-17, March 22-24
Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 930 W. Main St., Whitewater, (262) 472-2222, www.uww.edu/youngauditorium
The Improvised Shakespeare Company, March 13