From the South Milwaukee Theatre Company …
On January 15 through 17 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, a group of SMHS theatre alumni will be performing a production of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson.
The play is about Henrietta Leavitt, a Wisconsin native who went to Cambridge to work in an astronomy office at Harvard and, in her spare time, performed groundbreaking research that made her the first person to measure the distance between stars.
This was originally supposed to be part of our high school theater season with performances last June, but COVID prevented that from happening. We gathered a group of alumni together who still wanted to find a way to put on the show, and passed out scripts in August before most of them went off to college for the fall semester. We’ve been rehearsing while they’ve been home for winter break.
While this is not a high school event, we are doing it to support the high school arts. All money from ticket sales for the show will be donated to the SMHS theatre program.
We’re hopeful that this will be the first of more alumni-based productions to come in the future, so we can bring more theater to South Milwaukee and build up a community of people who care about the arts and the PAC!
Show times are January 15th and 16th at 7:30 PM and January 17th at 2 PM. Tickets are available at www.southmilwaukeepac.org. The PAC is doing a fantastic job of making its facilities safe for small productions like these; all patrons must wear masks and will be kept appropriately distanced in the theater.
Here is the team involved in the production:
- Actors: Anna Basha (SMHS ’20) as Henrietta Leavitt, Grant Latus (SMHS ’16) as Peter Shaw, Lia Krystowiak (SMHS ’20) as Margaret Leavitt, Jessica Calteux (SMHS ’19) as Annie Cannon, Elizabeth Karnowski (SMHS ’19) as Williamina Fleming
- Production: Tim Backes (SMHS ’06), Director; Natasha Bernovich (SMHS ’20), Stage Manager; Jack Millane (SMHS ’17), Lighting Design; Caitlyn Birmingham (SMHS ’16), Costume Design; Cara Jenquin (SMHS ’21), Sound Design; and Marina Bernovich (SMHS ’18), Deck Chief