Rogue Theater’s Co-Artistic and Managing Director Stuart Champeau is going back to his roots, bringing the brilliant, Tony Award winning “Story Theatre” show by Paul Sills to the stage. Here you will meet again Henny Penny, the Golden Goose, Venus and the Cat, the Fisherman and His Wife, The Robber Baron, the Bremen Townson Musicians, and other favorites. The fables require talented actors with expressive bodies.
The late Sills was a long time Door County resident and the original director of Second City in Chicago. His adaptation of Grimm Brothers’ and Aesop’s Fables is a delight to young and old. Sills directed the show in the County twice with Paul Sills Community Theater as well as several other Sills adaptations including: A Christmas Carol, Cricket on the Hearth, Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Rumi, Yeats, and many others.
Champeau did nine shows with Sills including “Story Theatre” and now has taken a new generation of millennials, including Paul Sill’s grandson, Make Keene, under his wing, sharing (what he learned) from Sills and his mother’s acting techniques, the Viola Spolin method of acting, to coach the young actors. Done as true black box theater (no props, actors do sound effects and create the scene/stage pictures “out of thin air”, etc.). The troupe does Spolin designed theater games in rehearsal to expand the actors improvisational skills and “stage comfort.” Actors include Make Keene, Kekoa Bicoy, John-Henry Amelinckx, Ian Toyne, Isabel Vreeke, Miluzka McCarthy, Mizu McCarthy, and Zeno McCarthy.
“Story Theatre” will perform July 20, 21, 28, 29 at 7:30 and July 22 & 29 at 2:00. Shows will be at Rogue Theater, 340 Jaycee Ct. Sturgeon Bay. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. For further information and ticket reservations, contact Rogue Theater at 920-818-0816 or checkout their Facebook page.