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Milwaukee Opera Theatre unites with All In Productions for the first time to present PRELUDES, a musical fantasia set in the mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff by the creators of Broadway’s NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812.  Delving into the composer’s troubled psyche, PRELUDES deftly blends the classical and contemporary in a meditation on ambition, failure, and lilacs.

Music, Book, and Lyrics by Dave Malloy

Stage Director: Jill Anna Ponasik
Music Director: Ruben Piirainen
Featuring Alaina Carlson, Bill Jackson, Gage Patterson, Joe Picchetti, Ruben Piirainen, Jenny Wanasek

Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM
Monday, March 23 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 27 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 PM

Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
813 E Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee

Tickets on sale now!
$32 Premium Reserved | $28 General Admission | $18 Student, Artist
To purchase, call (800) 838-3006 or order online at



UWM Opera Theatre and UWM Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre invite you to join us for an exciting opera production of a Mozart classic.  Sung in the original Italian, this tale of political intrigue, forgiveness and redemption will feature a cast of students and alumni! At the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

Maestro Jun Kim, Conductor

Jill Anna Ponasik, Stage Director

James Zager, Choreographer
Leslie Vaglica, Costume Designer

Janna Ernst, Music Director

LeRoy Stoner, Lighting Designer

Tony Mudra, Chorus Master

Colleen Brooks, Producer

Performances: Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-show talks: Held before both shows at 6:30 p.m.

Ticketing Information
To order, call the Zelazo Center Box Office at 414-229-4308, email, or visit

April 5:

April 6:

General – $22 | Seniors & UWM Faculty and Staff – $17
Students with ID – $12 | Music Majors – Free


Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:


Music by John Glover, Words by Kelley Rourke
Inspired by the novel Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta

Featuring Andrew Wilkowske and Jack Forbes Wilson


“The point isn’t to win,” according to Nash, a key character in Dana Spiotta’s award-winning Eat the Document. A radical remnant of the 70s who now presides over an anarchist bookstore, Nash draws the disaffected youth of the 1990s into a shifting series of “collectives.”  In this musical response to Spiotta’s novel, the team behind “Guns N; Rosenkavalier” and “Lucy” explores the two eras – their language, technology, music and activism.  ​With special guest Dana Spiotta.

Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 11, at 8:00 PM
Friday, October 12, at 8:00 PM

Doors open at 7:30

Tickets: $25 General Admission / $15 Students and Artists

Order online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Location: Boswell Book Company
2559 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Stage Direction:                                                        Music Direction:
Jill Anna Ponasik                                                        Jack Forbes Wilson

And Starring our 70s Operatic Jam Band: Andrew Wilkowske, Eva Nimmer, Kat Wodke, Monique Ross, John Glover, Joe Riggenbach, and Jill Anna Ponasik

For more information:
Contact: Jill Anna Ponasik, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Opera Theatre or 917.684.0512


Milwaukee Opera Theatre is Milwaukee’s micro-brewery for opera, proudly producing small batches of high quality, local lyric theatre.  We tell stories through music…unconventionally.


From the mind that created Fortuna the Time Bender vs. the Schoolgirls of Doom comes Doc Danger and the Danger Squad!


Classic pulp adventurers from a bygone era: Brilliant scientist Doc Danger! Jesai of the Jaguars, protector of the jungle! Lunar cowgirl Satellite Sally and her sidekick, Clare de Lune! The enigmatic detective known only as The Lady in Black! Appearing for the first time in one magnificent musical! The stakes are high as these formidable and beautiful heroines are faced with the reality-warping genius of Professor Z, who threatens to un-make the entire universe.


Join us for this sneak peek reading at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre!


158 N Broadway, Milwaukee


Saturday, May 19 at 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday May 20 ​at 2:00 PM


Music, Book, and Lyrics by Jason Powell


Stage Direction by Jill Anna Ponasik

Music Direction by Donna Kummer


Featuring Melissa Anderson, Becky Cofta, Karen Estrada, Ana Gonzalez, Hailey Hentz, Sean Jackson, Briana Rose Lipor, Harper Navin, Samantha Sostarich, Stephanie Staszak, Eric Welch

All tickets $12! To purchase, call the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office at 414-291-7800 or visit:


Svadba – Wedding Fact Sheet


When:             Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 PM

                        Svadba–Wedding lasts approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.


Where:           Best Place, 901 W. Juneau, Milwaukee


Tickets:           $50 VIP, $28 General, $18 Students and Artists

Order online at or 800-838-3006


Creative:        Stage Director: Jill Anna Ponasik, Choreographer: Debra Loewen, Music Director/Conductor: Adam Qutaishat, Assistant Stage Director: Daniel J. Brylow


Cast:               Milwaukee Opera Theatre singers: Alaina Carlson, Lydia Rose Eiche, Allison Hull, Sarah Richardson, Mikaela Schneider and Kati Schwaber, Wild Space Dancers: Kylee Mae Karzen, Danielle Lohuis, Elisabeth Roskopf, Maggie Seer and Jimmi Renae Weyneth.


About:            Tomorrow’s the wedding! Tonight’s the party! Bride-to-be Milica and her girlfriends prepare for her new life in the Milwaukee premiere of Svadba–Wedding, presented by Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Wild Space Dance Company. Composed by Montreal-based Ana Sokolović and sung in Serbian, this a cappella opera follows the six friends through a boisterous night of girl-talk, dancing, bridal traditions and a touch of soul-searching.  English translation of lyrics will be available at the performance.


Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:


March 16 – 26, 2017

We’re reuniting the original cast for a revival of our mad-cap, smash-hit, 2015 production. Now with even more cowbell! Join us in the town of Titipu for a Mikado like no other!

Directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and Catie O’Donnell
Music Direction by Ruben Piirainen, with special assistance from Michael “Ding” Lorenz
Choreography by James Zager

The Mikado: Doug Jarecki
Ko-Ko: Jason Powell
Nanki-Poo: Nathan Wesselowski
Pooh-Bah: Joseph Riggenbach
Pish-Tush: Doug Clemons (March 16, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25 at 7:30)
Kelly Doherty (March 25 at 2:00, March 26)
Katisha: Diane Lane
Yum-Yum: Susan Wiedmeyer
Pitti-Sing: Allison Hull
Peep-Bo: Heidi Boyd
The Ensemble: Alicia York and Kelly Doherty

Next Act Theatre’s Performance Space
255 S Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53204

Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 PM (Preview)
Friday, March 17 at 7:30 PM (Opening)
Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM
Monday, March 20 at 7:30 PM (Industry Night)
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM

Center (Section 2): $28
Side (Sections 1 & 3): $22
Preview/Industry Night: All seats $18

Tickets available at or 414.278.0765.




Music by Alissa Rhode / Lyrics by Peggy Peterson Ryan / Book by Susan Peterson Holmes


An original musical about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for
the presidency of the United States. Just in time for election season!


Dates: Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 PM (preview)

Friday, October 28 at 7:30 PM (opening night)

Saturday, October 29 at 4 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 30 at 2 PM


Tickets: $28 General Admission / $18 Student, Artist / $16 Preview

Order online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Location:  Wauwatosa Woman’s Club, 1626 Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa WI 53213

Stage Direction: Jill Anna Ponasik Music Direction: Brian Myers


Allie Babich as Victoria Claflin Woodhull
Katy Johnson as Tennessee (Tennie) Claflin

Joel Kopischke as Reuben (Buck) Claflin

Nathan Wesselowski as Dr Canning (Doc) Woodhull

Samantha Sostarich as Josie Mansfield

Adam Estes as Col. James Blood

Bryce Lord as Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Rev Henry Ward Beecher

Diane Lane as Susan B. Anthony

Cecilia Davis as Isabella Beecher Hooker

Rick Pendzich as Anthony Comstock


For more information:


Contact:            Jill Anna Ponasik

Artistic Director, Milwaukee Opera Theatre




Based on the life of Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), Victory for Victoria traces life of this pioneering feminist from obscurity to prosperity. Guided by spirit visions, she overcomes childhood poverty and an abusive early marriage, becoming the first female stockbroker on Wall Street, the first woman to address Congress, and the first woman to run for President. She galvanizes the woman suffrage movement with her bold advocacy of women’s political, economic, and sexual equality, but her career crashes after she exposes the adultery of America’s beloved clergyman Henry Ward Beecher.  A multifarious and fascinating character study, Victory for Victoria examines Woodhull’s life and legacy in all its complexity.


Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:

Thank You. NEXT? (a reality opera)


Music by Tim Rebers / Words by Alicia Berneche


To prove that the best drama happens off-stage, MOT has commissioned two opera singers to write a dramedy about the universal experience of the job interview. In the hallway outside an audition room, eleven opera singers prepare to sing their hearts out for a panel of judges. Here, in that most nerve-wracking and vulnerable of spaces, they tell the stories of the trials, heartaches, and joys of dedicating their lives to art. Featuring two pianists, famous arias from the standard repertoire, and original compositions by Tim Rebers, Thank you. NEXT? gives us a glimpse into the reality of singing for a living.


10th Street Theatre, 628 N 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Thursday, June 23 at 8 PM (preview)

Friday, June 24 at 8 PM (opening night)

Saturday, June 25 at 5 PM and 8 PM

Sunday, June 26 at 2 PM


$26 General Admission / $16 Student and Artist / $10 Preview

Order online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006


Stage Direction: Jill Anna Ponasik and David Flores

Music Direction: Maggie Rebers and Jack Forbes Wilson

Lighting Design: Colin Gawronski


Featuring: Tanya Kruse Ruck, Kathy Pyeatt, Jennifer Hansen, Natalie Ford, Heidi Boyd, Diane Lane, Allison Hull, Edson Melendez, Tim Rebers, Nathan Wesselowski, Daniel Ellis, and Jack Forbes Wilson
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Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:


Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards | Book by Peter Stone

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Location: Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N 4th Street, Milwaukee, 53203

The creative team:
Stage Direction: Paula Suozzi
Music Direction: Jack Forbes Wilson
Lighting Design: Jason Fassl
Percussion: Michael “Ding” Lorenz

Featuring an all start cast including:  Jonathan West as Benjamin Franklin, Matt Daniels as John Adams, Nathaniel Stampley as Thomas Jefferson, and Karen Estrada as Richard Henry Lee.

Order tickets online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Join us for a concert presentation of 1776, the landmark musical about our nation’s path to independence. MOT celebrates the birth of our nation by reconceptualizing the founding fathers’ fight for freedom with a cast representing the America of today.

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Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Wild Space Dance Company present:


Music by Missy Mazzoli / Libretto by Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek

Location: Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center / 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Song From the Uproar lasts approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

The creative team:
Stage Direction: Jill Anna Ponasik
Music Direction: Viswa Subbaraman
Choreographer: Debra Loewen

Colleen Brooks as Isabelle Eberhardt
with Milwaukee Opera Theatre singers, Wild Space dancers, & an eclectic chamber ensemble

Performance Dates and Times:
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
May 7 @ 4:00 & 8:00 pm
May 8 @ 2:00 pm

Order online by calling 414-291-7800

A ravishing, multi-media event, Song from the Uproar unfolds in surreal episodes drawn from the journals of Swiss adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904).  Isabelle’s writings reveal how her nomadic experiences in North Africa mirrored her quest for self-discovery during her short, remarkable life. Featuring mezzo-soprano Colleen Brooks as Isabelle, with Wild Space dancers, Milwaukee Opera Theatre singers, and a chamber ensemble that includes piano, electric guitar, clarinet, flute, bass and electronics, Song from the Uproar invites audiences into Isabelle’s dreams as she encounters love, loss, danger and sacrifice. Through poetic vignettes, expressive dance, and a shimmering score, Song from the Uproar honors a woman of indomitable spirit, who forged a life unlike anyone else’s, and whose story still resonates.

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