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Oasis Theater Ensemble will present its production of the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest at the Wausau East High School Theater, 2607 North 18th Street, Wausau, on Thursday through Sunday, August 25-28, 2011. Show times are 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and are available at the door.
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Oasis rehearsals have a unique vibe.
There’s a geographic component, to be sure. They do their work in the community room in the back of St. John’s Episcopal Church on McClellan Street in downtown Wausau. The door to get in is right behind Downtown Grocery, so when you go in or out Read Full Article −>
Oasis Theater Ensemble will be holding auditions for their production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest on Monday and Tuesday, June 6 and 7, 2011, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm each evening. Auditions will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 330 McClellan Street, Wausau, WI. (Enter through the parking lot door, right behind the Downtown Market.) As always, check out the Auditioning pages in the Theater FAQs section in preparation for your audition.
The Importance of Being Earnest, subtitled A Trivial Comedy For Serious People, is, indeed, a farce. Consequently, auditions will consist of some readings from the script, but also some improvisational work. One might be well advised to dress comfortably, come to the audition relaxed, and be ready to have some fun!
The show, having been written in 1895, Read Full Article −>
Oasis Theater Ensemble will be performing It’s Greek To Me on April 28, 29, 30 and May 1, 2011 at the UWMC Auditorium. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances will be at 7:30pm and the Sunday performance will be at 2:00pm. Tickets are available at the door. Due to strong sexual content, parental discretion is advised!
It’s Greek To Me is a quintessential Oasis Theater Ensemble production. The core mission of Oasis is to present classic theater through an ensemble process, and theater doesn’t get much more classical than the work by the ancient Greeks. This production serves up two full shows, The Trojan Women by Euripides and Lysistrata by Aristophanes. The smiling and frowning masks that have come to be the nearly universal symbol for the theater trace their origin back to the Greeks, with the sad face representative of the masks worn by actors during a tragedy and the happy face representing the masks worn during a comedy. Keeping with that classic symbolism, The Trojan Women is a tragedy and Lysistrata is a comedy, so you’ll get both ends of the spectrum in one night.
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The year was 411 B.C. and a civil war was raging in Greece. It had, in fact, been going on for over twenty years, and that, it would seem, was long enough for the luminaries in Greek theater to feel like it was OK to start writing comedies about the war. Aristophanes did just that; and to such success that 2400 years later the prevailing themes in Lysistrata still resonate with audiences. Oasis Theater Ensemble will be presenting Lysistrata as Act II of the upcoming show, It’s Greek To Me.
The story of Lysistrata isn’t complicated. Lysistrata is an Athenian woman who figures out a way to end the war with Sparta. She conspires with the women in both city/states and they all agree to withhold sex from their husbands until the men agree to sign a peace treaty. Then, to up the ante even further, the women seize control of the Acropolis, where the Athenian treasury is housed, thus cutting off funding for the war.
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Oasis Theater Ensemble will be holding auditions for the upcoming, “two-shows-in-one” production It’s Greek To Me on Monday and Tuesday, February 7 and 8, 2011. Auditions will be at 7:00 pm both nights and will be held at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 330 McClellan Street in Wausau. Clicking the address will open a Google Map in a new window.
Don’t be mislead by the “auditions and rehearsals at a church” thing, by the way. Most of the founding members of Oasis are also long time members of St. John’s and Rev. Klutterman, his staff and the congregation have graciously allowed Read Full Article −>
Yesterday on NPR, I heard a story about the Brooklyn Academy of Music and their upcoming season featuring Ibsen, Gogol, and Shakespeare. Apparently, ticket sales are brisk and audiences are clamoring to see classic theater.
This should come as no surprise to fans of theater in Wausau. Tonight and tomorrow, January 25 and 26, 2011, UWMC Theatre is holding auditions for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at 7:00 pm in the Black Box Theater in the new theater complex at the university. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, 2011, and the following Thursday through Saturday, April 14, 15 and 16.
Right on the heels of those auditions, on Monday and Tuesday, February 7 and 8, 2011, Oasis Theater Ensemble will be holding auditions for their next show, It’s Greek To Me!, a presentation of two pieces from classic Greek theater. Act I will be Euripides’ The Trojan Women, an epic tragedy set at the end of the Trojan War, and Act II will be Lysistrata by Aristophanes, a comedy that’s surprisingly off-color for being 2400 years old!. Auditions are at 7:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 330 McClellan Street in Wausau, and show dates are April 28, 29, 30 and May 1, 2011.
So you don’t need to go to Brooklyn to enjoy classic theater. As usual, we’re ahead of the cultural curve here in Wausau. And you don’t need to be Alan Rickman or Geoffrey Rush to appear on the classical stage. You just need to show up at UWMC tonight or tomorrow, or be at St. John’s Episcopal Church in a couple of weeks.
Be there, or be out of the cultural loop.