October 11, 2000
ALUMNI, STUDENT RETURN TO VITERBO STAGE IN AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE PRODUCTION
LA CROSSE, Wis.--Jodi Jean Amble ’00, Kelly Behrens ’00, and Tony Courtwright, a senior, will return to Viterbo as part of the American Players Theatre (APT) production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.
The production is a favorite Shakespearean comedy that continues to delight audiences with a magical blend of confrontation, transformation, moonlit chases, and true love. Set in a fairy kingdom’s shady glen at the enchanted hour of Midsummer’s Eve, this classic tale features an irrepressible, mythical prankster whose magic potion causes the Queen to topple for a working man named Bottom. Join Titania and Oberon, the lovers, and Bottom with his crew, in a celebration of relationships, revelations, romance, and revelry.
For this production, Amble will portray a fairy in service to Titania, the Queen of the Fairies. Courtwright and Behrens will serve as stage hands/electricians.
Shakespeare is the heart and soul of the APT repertoire. Located in Spring Green and nestled in a natural amphitheater, the APT was founded in 1979. The acting company of 28 members, along with a staff that reaches 120 during the heart of the season, produces five plays each season. Having grown in popularity, it is now the second most popular outdoor classical theatre in the country.
APT’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sponsored by WKTY AM 580 and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin.
Tickets are $19 To order tickets, contact the Box Office at 608-796-3100.
Three Viterbo University graduates and two Viterbo students have been members of the American Players Theatre (APT) company this season:
Jodi Jean Amble
Amble, A 2000 Viterbo graduate, is working as an actress with the APT. While at Viterbo, she performed in a variety of roles, including Irina in Three Sisters, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Clorinda in Rossini’s Cinderella, and Rosalind in As You Like It. Her summer stock credits include the role of Philia in the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Susie in Babes in Arms as the Huron Playhouse in Ohio. Amble is from Arena.
Behrens, a 2000 graduate, an Eau Claire native, is a production assistant at the APT. While an undergraduate at Viterbo, she received national recognition through the 1999 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work as a lighting designer on the 1998 Viterbo production of All My Sons. She was also selected as an honorary guest technician for the festival and assisted with the staging of full-length shows that appeared during the festival. Behrens will leave APT after its tour to work with Nebraska’s Theatre Caravan based in Omaha.
A senior at Viterbo, Courtwright has taken the fall semester off to serve as an assistant electrician and lightboard operator for the APT. He plans to return to Viterbo to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in technical theatre next spring. He is from Blaine, Minn.
Finnes, 1998 graduate, is the costume design assistant for the APT production of The Winter’s Tale. Since graduation, Finnes has worked for Houston Grand Opera and as a freelance costumer. She is from Pine Island, Minn.
Kaasa, a sophomore in theatre with a performance focus at Viterbo, spent her summer working at the APT as a dresser for the company. The responsibilities of a dresser include coming in during the day to prepare and do any maintenance work needed on costumers and, during performances, assisting actors in dressing and quick costume changes. Kaasa commented on the fast-paced nature of the job and how "eye-opening it was to see how much work goes into every aspect of the production. This was," she said, "a definite learning experience about how hard everyone has to work in professional theatre." She is from Richland Center.