Backstage Tour

Backstage Tour

By Meghan Hopper
If you've ever watched a live show and wondered "How do they do that?", this is the podcast for you! Each episode, we interview one of Waukesha Civic Theatre's artists, designers, directors, and more to talk with them about one aspect of their creative process.
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Doug Jarecki, Playwriting
Doug Jarecki is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Waukesha Civic Theatre, and also a local actor and playwright.  He is co-founder of the children's theatre company Kidsplay, where he co-writes and performs original shows for young audiences.  His work has been produced by Next Act Theatre, In Tandem, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Kohl's Wild Theatre, and more.  His Christmas play 'Twas The Month Before Christmas will be returning this December to Vogel Hall at the Marcus Center and the Oconomowoc Arts Center.   Doug is joining us today to discuss five playwriting reminders.
32:26
July 10, 2020
Sharon Sohner, Costume Design
Sharon Sohner has been involved with Waukesha Civic Theatre since 1971. She has acted, directed, stage managed, and costumed shows for WCT as well as other area community theaters and schools. A high school Communications/Drama teacher for 35 years, she was involved in all aspects of educational theater. Upon retirement, she decided to narrow her focus to costuming. She has headed or helped with at least one show per year since 2001 here with the community at Waukesha Civic Theatre. She especially likes to costume plays of a different era. As she says, “Costuming is kind of like playing dress up (whIch I loved to do as a kid) except I get to put the clothes on other people!” Sharon will be talking to us about five things to consider when costuming a play outside of present time. Check out more episodes from Waukesha Civic Theatre on Fridays, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!
34:53
July 3, 2020
Sarah Rolli, Sound Design
Sarah Rolli is a sound and lighting designer that has worked at multiple theatres in the Madison and Milwaukee area, including Outskirts, New Berlin West TAP, and, of course, Waukesha Civic. She studied theatre at UW-Madison and has worked in live theatre, opera, and live music. When not at the theatre, she works in medical diagnostics as a biochemist. Sarah will be talking about Sound Design. Check out more episodes from Waukesha Civic Theatre on Fridays, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!
18:39
June 26, 2020
Christal Wagner, Choreography
Today’s guest is Christal Wagner. Christal has her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also spent 6 years as an adjunct faculty in the UWM dance department and will be joining the dance department to teach Dance for Musical Theatre in fall of 2020. She is a mover, choreographer, photographer, videographer, film maker, and performer all throughout the Milwaukee area. She gained her start performing professionally with Elizabeth Johnson’s company, Your Mother Dances, spending 4 seasons with the company locally and abroad. She has been a member of Danceworks Performance Company since 2007 performing and creating work on the company. In 2008 she was added to the Danceworks Mad Hot Tap and Ballroom faculty and also began her choreographic career in Musical Theatre. She has choreographed over 20 musicals and won 8 Tommy Awards for Outstanding Choreography. In 2012, she co-founded the music and dance trio Cadance Collective helping to co-create pieces through au process where music and dance are worked on simultaneously through improvisational practices and original soundscapes. She has choreographed work for Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Shorewood High School, Nicolet High School, Waukesha Civic Theatre, and Skylight Music Theatre. Christal will be talking to us about choreography. Check out more episodes from Waukesha Civic Theatre on Fridays, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!
41:52
June 19, 2020
Pam Seccombe, Stage Management
Pam Seccombe left her job as a high school French teacher in order to start a second career working in the theatre as a Stage Manager. She has studied stage management in the UW-Milwaukee theatre department and done internships at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Pam has managed shows at Waukesha Civic Theatre, SummerStage of Delafield, Sunset Playhouse, and at UW-M. In her spare time she enjoys studying medieval history and doing genealogical research on her family in the UK. Pam will be talking about Stage Management. Check out more episodes from Waukesha Civic Theatre on Fridays, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!
23:21
June 12, 2020
Dana Brzezinski, Wardrobe and Costuming
Dana Brzezinski has costumed many shows for Waukesha Civic Theatre, most recent of which was CLUE THE MUSICAL. Other theater credits include designing SMALL FIRE at Next Act Theater and being Wardrobe Supervisor at Florentine Opera. Dana was raised with sewing. Most of the women of her maternal lineage have been hobby sewers or tailors. She got bit by the theater bug when she stumbled onto costume crew in high school and went on to study theater design at Bennington College. Dana will be telling us five important things about the role of wardrobe in theatre. Check out more episodes from Waukesha Civic Theatre on Fridays, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!
22:53
June 5, 2020
Dustin J. Martin, Director
Dustin J. Martin is an award-winning director who has acted and directed at many theaters across southeastern Wisconsin. HIs production of 33 VARIATIONS at WCT won the inaugural Footlights People’s Choice Award for Best Non-Professional Play. Other credits include NOISES OFF, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, TARTUFFE, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, and THE MIRACLE WORKER. He is also the artistic director of SummerStage of Delafield. When not working on a show, he enjoys board gaming and spending time with his wife Eve and four teenage daughters. Dustin will be speaking to us about five things he respects as a director. Check out more episodes from Waukesha Civic Theatre on Fridays, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!
33:21
May 29, 2020
Backstage Tour Trailer
Have you ever wondered what it takes to put on a show? Well, you've come to the right podcast! Each episode, we interview someone with specific knowledge and experience working in theatre. They will share five things important to their creative process. Directors, actors, stitchers, and more! Backstage Tour is a podcast produced by Waukesha Civic Theatre and hosted by yours truly, Meghan Hopper. Check back soon for new episodes!
00:33
May 21, 2020