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As many of you know, our friend Sally Marks passed away on December 7. Sally and Robb Marks have been a very special part of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre family over the last five years or so. They’ve been active as MCT Friends-for-Life, loyal subscribers and donors, and Sally appeared on the MCT stage as part of our 2007 Young Playwrights Festival. In the time since her cancer diagnosis, she has been a great inspiration to us all. She continued to act in shows around town (Soulstice, Boulevard, Pink Banana, Carte Blanche), travel, and do all the things she loved with an amazingly positive attitude. We will miss Sally very, very much, and count ourselves lucky for having known her.

There was a beautiful story about her in yesterday’s Journal Sentinel:

Make sure you take the time to look at all seven of the photos…the shots of her as a child star in Hollywood are priceless!

Details for the memorial gathering are at end of the article.

If you plan to attend Sally’s memorial gathering, please RSVP to Robb Marks at 414-327-4794 or


Amy Geyser

Development Director

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Carte Blanche Studios Theatre is looking for an actor with great comedic skills to play a young Hitler (age 20-35) for its upcoming dark farce “Mein Kampf” by George Tabori. The show will run Sept 23 – Oct 9. Rehearsals will begin at the end of August. Auditons are August 4 and 5 from 6pm to 10pm. auditions are by appointment only. please send an email or call james at 262-716-4689 to schedule an audition.

Carte Blanche Studios Theatre finishes off its farcical summer offerings and kicks off a new season with William Shakespeare’s classic comedy; “Taming of the Shrew.”  The company continues to solidify its place in Milwaukee theatre as a venue for entertaining and understandable Shakespeare after previous seasons; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado about Nothing.” Director Jimmy Dragolovich finds the fun in one of the bard’s earliest and most outrageous tales about a father desperately trying to rid his house of his terrible tempered eldest daughter Katherine, so that he may marry off his mild-mannered younger daughter Bianca. The cast includes many returning talents and a few new exciting faces as well.

            The two daughters are handled quite competently by the dynamic Liv Mueller (Katherine) and the cleverly characteristic Jennifer Gaul (Bianca). Both bring a depth and heart to a cast of larger than life characters.

            Katherine is “wooed” by the overly bombastic and romantically barbaric Petruchio (Michael Keiley). Keiley is no stranger to loud and domineering Shakespearean characters as he has played Oberon, king of the fairies, and a hilariously high-energy Dogberry. Keiley is a Carte Blanche regular and his overbearing performance will show you why he is certainly one of this small theatres favorite faces.

            Bianca’s suitors are portrayed by two quick witted and eccentric characters. Michael Traynor brings the tender quirks that he has shown in strength to the pathetically amorous Hortensio, Kelly Dorherty is a hilariously hapless aged suitor Gremio. The emotional centerpiece of the play is presented deftly by a newcomer to Carte Blanche’s repertoire, Kyle Stefanski (Lucentio), who switches identity with his servant Tranio to become the secret seducer of Bianca.

            Much of the humor and plot of this show plays through the relationship of master and servant. Clayton Hamburg’s homecoming performance, after a summer as the French prince at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, takes him from royalty to groveling and worshipful Grumio; attendant to Petruchio. Katrina Greguska, another Carte Blanche powerhouse and standard, molds a rascally tomboyish servant named Biondello and designs an exciting new take on costuming the show that one must see to believe.

            The servant Tranio, who weaves the tangled tapestry of deceit, is another familiar face to Carte Blanche and Milwaukee theatre; Jordan Gwiazdowski. The swift sharp tongue of a Shakespearean fool is familiar fun for Gwiazdowski; who charmed audiences with his awkwardly vain yet sincerely silly portrayal of Benedick in “Much Ado about Nothing”

            The show features a talented surrounding ensemble that provides a new love and energy to the traditionally formal idea of Shakespeare. Shakespeare is cool and you can be too;  Tickets can be purchased on line at or from the box office 262.716.4689 for show dates September  23-26, 30 and October  1-3, 7-10.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thusday through Sunday, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.  Tickets will go fast, so don’t wait until right before the show to purchase! 

Carte Blanche is looking for a Stanley for their production of STREET CAR.

They are reading Stanleys at 5pm TODAY! (Sunday, March 14th)  The show opens April 15th and runs for three weekends.  I have no other details. 

If you are interested, email Brian “Buzz” Bzdawka at Or just show up. 



Carte Blanche Studio Theatre, 1024 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee, is proud to announce upcoming performances of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, from February 19 to March 7, 2010. 

Much Ado is Shakespeare’s most frequently produced comedy, as the verbal sparring between iconoclastic barbed-tongued heroine Beatrice and self-declared irascible bachelor Benedick provide some of the most intriguing wordplay of all of the Bard’s works. Benedick and Beatrice’s resisted love affair is counterpoint to the hasty contrived engagement betwixt the pure sweet Hero and the heroic, yet impressionable Claudio. The lighthearted comedy twists and turns through many Shakespearean plot conventions, including villainous scheming to thwart the young lovers, to reach the inevitable happy ending. The experience is a roller coaster ride of many misapprehensions and machinations that each lover suffers to reach that final conclusion. Penned later in his career, Much Ado About Nothing showcases Shakespeare’s mastery of characterization through specific idiosyncrasies of speech, with each character expressing their wit (or lack thereof) uniquely. 

This sparkling romantic comedy, Carte Blanche’s second Shakespearean production, will be costumed sumptuously and traditionally Elizabethan by the outrageously talented and innovative seamstress Kate Vannoy. To make room for all the farthingales, elaborate coifs, and swords, the set will remain elegant and minimal to best showcase the actors’ poise in the intimate studio space. Originality in all disciplines of performance is Carte Blanche’s specialty, and Much Ado will feature live music by actors Josh B. Bryan and Mara McGhee. Set design is by longtime CBST builder Ray Vannoy; 16th century-style dances are by company choreographer Samantha Paige. Direction is by Jimmy Dragolovich (who will join his actors in a rare special appearance on stage as arch villain Don John), and original hand-sculpted masks are by resident artist Peter Smith. Light design and execution are by Josh B. Bryan. The core of the actors performing in this show are veteran CBST repertory members, who have built a scintillating rapport with one another on stage. Their talent is collectively excellent in a way that only performers who are comfortable and confident with each others’ gifts and energies can be excellent- a true ensemble company. Come allow them to wooingly whirl you into delight as you observe the consequences of paying too much attention to ‘nothing’. 

Show dates for Much Ado About Nothing are Friday, February 19 to Sunday, March 7. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday, with Sunday matinees beginning at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, and can be purchased by visiting Carte Blanche Studio Theatre’s website at, or by calling the box office at (262) 716-4689. Limited seating available, please reserve your tickets soon! 

As always, we greatly appreciate your support to our theater see you soon! 

Thank you!