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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Exploring the dark side of Charlie Brown

Amanda Franecki as Tricia, left, and Savannah Hardyman as Marcy in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department's production of "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," opening Oct. 7. Photo by Sarah Altermatt for Weekender

The fall season of performances by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Theatre and Dance Department opens Oct. 7 with the edgy contemporary production, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead."

This hilarious, unauthorized parody follows the cast from the iconic comic strip, "Peanuts."

On top of dealing with the death of his beloved dog from rabies, CB has to cope with the changes that are taking place in his life as he grows up.

Now in high school, CB and his gang are faced with drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity.

Written by Bert V. Royal and directed by Jim Butchart, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" is a darkly humorous play that is not for the young or faint of heart. We see that life can be amusing at times and poignant at others.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 - 11 in the Barnett Theatre in the Greenhill Center for the Arts on the UW-Whitewater campus.

This is an adults-only show because of strong language and adult subject matter.

Tickets to individual shows may be purchased online at http://tickets.uww.edu. To request a brochure or for more information regarding the 2008-09 Theatre/Dance season, call Sarah Altermatt at (262) 472-5943.

2008-2009 season

For more information and show times, visit http://academics.uww.edu/CAC/Theatre/season.htm

Oct. 25 -- Calling all families, kids, grandmas and grandpas, don't miss "Stuart Little" as he jumps off the page and onto the stage in Joseph Robinette's new adaptation of this classic children's story of a courageous and spunky little mouse.

Dec. 2-6 -- Passion is reignited for a Sicilian seamstress whose love, grief and anger know no bounds in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo."

Feb. 22, 24, 26 and 28 -- Mozart's critically-acclaimed romantic comic opera, "The Marriage of Figaro."

March 16-17 -- With a mix of eclectic styles, DanceScapes '09 entertains the audience with innovative, creative and thought-provoking performances. The annual dance concert features works choreographed by UW-W dance minors, faculty and guest artists in an enticing exhibit of remarkable talent. Guest choreographer Chris Johnson of Beloit College contributes a large group work that is a fun energetic romp for UW-W student performers.

April 28-May 2 -- William Shakespeare's classic, "Macbeth" is an epic tragedy about murder, mystery and revenge. Spurred to fulfill their dark ambitions by an encounter with three witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plunge deeper and deeper into murder and its ensnaring consequences.

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