Holiday Preview: Milwaukee Repertory Theater

It’s been almost a full month since I’ve been at the Milwaukee Rep for an event which seems like an incredibly long time after seeing three amazing shows over the course of a month as the 65th anniversary season kicked off back in September.  Being a member of the Rep’s social media club has definitely re-invigorated my love of the arts and I’m super grateful for the wonderful opportunity it has provided Tyler and I to attend a wide variety of productions.  The first three shows of the season, Songs for Nobodies, In the Heights, and Guards at the Taj have all wrapped up now and we’re onto the next round of productions.  Coming up before the end of 2018 we have The All Night Strut, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and A Christmas Carol.  I’m so excited for this next round, especially as we get into the Christmas season!

Christmas was not on the top of my favorite holiday list until I met my husband Tyler back in 2015.  From his ability to quote almost every line of the movie Elf, I knew he was serious about Christmas.  I spent my first Christmas with the Mrowiec fam in 2015 and was embarrassed when I came downstairs on Christmas day in black sweatpants and a black hoodie and all of my now siblings-in-law had on festive holiday pajamas.  I still don’t own an elf-onesie but Christmas has definitely moved up in the ranks of my favorite holidays.

Since 2015, Tyler and I have established many holiday traditions such as driving around Milwaukee to check out all of the Christmas lights at the various parks, going to Candy Cane Lane in West Allis and searching for the best of the best in regards to drive-thru Christmas light displays.  We also love watching the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train roll through Milwaukee and taking pictures in front of all of the giant Christmas trees we can find.  Last year was a bit of an abbreviated Christmas season for us as we were in the final weeks of prepping for our wedding so unfortunately, we didn’t have time to partake in all of our favorite traditions.

 

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We did have time to chop down a Christmas tree, which could possibly be Tyler’s favorite tradition of all.  Chopping down the tree is one of the favorite days of the whole year for the Mrowiec family and was a brand new experience for me in 2015 when I went with them to chop down the tree, my first time ever.  Let me tell you, that’s an experience.  The Mrowiec kids love to get the biggest tree on the entire farm and how they ever get it inside the house is still a mystery to me.

 

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Anyways, you thought this was going to be a post about the Milwaukee Rep and here I am raving about Christmas on November 10th and you guys are like Audrey, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  I know, I know, but I can’t deny that heading back to the Rep a couple of weekends ago to watch the cast of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley rehearse got me really excited about this upcoming Christmas season.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a cast of characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  You don’t have to be familiar with the Pride and Prejudice storyline to enjoy and follow the show, however, so if English literature circa 1812 isn’t your thing, no worries.  If you’d rather get a brief synopsis of the book just for some additional context, I’d recommend checking out the Pride and Prejudice crash course on YouTube.  If you’ve been to a family holiday gathering anywhere ever then you’ll be sure to enjoy and relate with the characters in this story.  Each of the characters are working to figure out who they are throughout the course of a holiday gathering.  But hey, aren’t we all?

From watching this amazing cast for one short hour in rehearsal as they worked on movement exercises in the context of a scene I can tell you for certain you will be entertained throughout this show.  It was amazing the precision and detail that the cast, director, and choreographer put into every single movement and action taking place on the stage.  There is so much happening on stage and watching the chemistry of this cast working together to make it happen was amazing.  Each individual played a role in the creative process and I cannot wait to see this all come together when Tyler and I see the full production on November 16th.

As I mentioned, the next three Rep shows which will wrap up 2018 are all beginning shortly so be sure to check them out.  I’ll be posting reviews as I see each of these productions for myself so stay tuned to the blog through the remainder of the month to check those out.

» The All Night Strut – Runs November 9 through January 13

» Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – Runs November 13 through December 16

» Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol – Runs November 27 through December 24

Tickets for each of these shows can be purchased online, by calling the Milwaukee Rep’s ticket office at 414-224-9490 or visiting the ticket office in-person at 108 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 while it is open Sunday – Friday from Noon – 6:00 PM.

As a sneak peek, here are some photos from the rehearsal I attended for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.

📸 Photo Credit: Sara Risley (some of the below photos came from Social Media Club member Sara Risley, the group photo is the Milwaukee Rep Social Media Club with the Miss Bennet cast)

 

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