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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.

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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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Story of My Life

Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:


Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram / Book by Brian Hill

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

The Story of My Life lasts approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

The creative team:
Stage Direction: C. Michael Wright
Music Direction: Anne Van Deusen
Costume Design: Jason Orlenko
Lighting Design: Antishadows LLC

Doug Clemons as Alvin Kelby (the friend who stayed home)
Adam Estes as Thomas Weaver (the friend who moved away)

Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday, December 3 at 9:00 PM
Friday, December 4 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5 at 9:00 PM
Thursday, December 10 at 9:00 PM
Friday, December 11 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 13 at 7:00 PM

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Please note: Our curtain time is 9:00 PM for most performances because The Story of My Life is taking place in a working bookstore during their busiest month of the year. Thank you Boswell Books for letting us get away with that!

The Story of My Life traces the thirty-year friendship of Thomas Weaver, a successful novelist living the dream in a big city, and Alvin Kelby, the inspiration behind his popular stories who stayed behind in small town America to manage his father’s bookstore. After Alvin’s unexpected death, Thomas travels home to deliver his friend’s eulogy. In a series of flashbacks both comic and poignant, Thomas recounts the course of their friendship from youthful infatuation to disillusionment and estrangement, ultimately finding redemption in the stories that shaped their lives.

Presented with help from our friends at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, The Story of My Life will warm hearts and feed souls this holiday season.

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With a cast of eleven intrepid singer-actors, a stage full of percussion instruments and a single trombone, we’ll take you to the town of Titipu for a Mikado like you’ve never seen before.


March 19-29, 2015


Next Act Theatre

255 South Water Street Milwaukee


Tickets on sale now!


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It’s a play about a Stagehand, which you don’t see all that often, and I’m in it, so you should come and see it.


$10 Artist Tickets available for MASTER CLASS, August 7-24!


Milwaukee Chamber Theatre – in collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Carroll University – presents MASTER CLASS, the Tony Award-winner by Terrence McNally. Angela Iannone reprises the role of legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and James Zager and also featuring Alicia Berneche, Melissa Cardamone, James Fletcher, Edson Melendez and Brian Myers


MCT offers $10 “Artist” tickets for performing artists / arts administrators. “Artist” tickets are available for purchase the day of performance only. To purchase just call 414-291-7800 or visit the box office and ask for “$10 Artist Tickets” (plus handling and tax). MASTER CLASS in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, 414-291-7800,

UWM Peck School of the Arts and Milwaukee Opera Theatre Present:

L’enfant et les Sortileges

February 14&15 7:30 PM
Helen Bader Concert Hall
2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI

In an extraordinary collaboration, the Opera, Orchestra, and Dance departments of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts unite with artists from Milwaukee Opera Theatre to bring Ravel’s enchanting one-act opera to life, using only recycled, repurposed materials, and imagination.

Conductor: Jun Kim

Stage Director: Jill Anna Ponasik

Designer/Choreographer: Edward Winslow

Musical Preparation: Kerry Hart Bieneman

Ticket Information: 414-229-4308 -or-

General – $12
Senior, UWM Faculty & Staff, Non UWM Students -$8
UWM Students – FREE