By Michelle Majerus-Uelmen

Post Comedy Theatre on Fri., April 7 at 7:30 pm

 

“Post merits a place on anybody’s all-star team of the goofily gifted,” The New York Times

“Riveting…eclectic…uproariously funny.” National Public Radio

“I like him because he’s insane, completely insane.”  Matt Lauer, The Today Show

(South Milwaukee, WI) – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present Post Comedy Theatre, a one-man variety show that serves up a delightful entertainment feast for the entire family (ages 8 and up) on Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm.  Elegantly elastic and multi-talented, Robert Post has created a show of sheer delight. By turns hilarious, poignant, and physically dazzling, his meticulously crafted sketches fill the stage with bumblers, dreamers, and cartoonish heroes of every stripe. With astonishing comic grace, he draws you into small dramas that capture universal human dilemmas.

The sketches that make up Post’s one-man variety show have captivated audiences across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and Europe. He has appeared on the Today show, and he was invited to perform for children in Beslan, Russia, at the school that had been devastated by a terrorist attack in 2004. A PBS special on his work, “Robert Post – in Performance,” won an Emmy.

Post Comedy Theatre is unrelenting fun, sketch by sketch à la Red Skelton, Sid Caesar, and Jonathan Winters (three of Post’s inspirations). Over the course of his forty-year career, Post has perfected more than thirty works, which he has performed for audiences across the United States and in Mexico, Turkey, Japan, and Russia. The show’s a smash, because the humor is universal. Take your seat and settle back. Just don’t expect to keep a straight face.

Ticketing Information

Ticket prices for adults: $20-35, seniors: $15-30, and students: $10-20. For tickets, visit www.southmilwaukeepac.org or call (414) 766-5049.

About Robert Post

One of Robert Post’s childhood report cards in Columbus, Ohio, gave a hint as to how his future might unfold. Not amused by Robert’s antics, his teacher created a whole new column of categories describing maladaptive behavior. Happily for audiences around the world, Post stuck with antics. The result: a dazzling performance career that continues to defy categories.

The creator of Post Comedy Theatre and Post from the Road (who did make it through elementary school) discovered the joys of the stage at Ohio State University, where he studied theater and dance before hitting the road with a touring mime and improv troupe. The experience of traveling up and down the East Coast in an old milk truck that served as a tour bus, performing everywhere and anywhere, and passing the hat for payment, not only stretched Post’s talents but also developed his knack for playful give-and-take with audiences. He crafted his signature style during intensive workshops with Tony Montanaro, the legendary performer and teacher who ran Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. Post credits Montanaro for “flipping the switch,” helping him see how he could combine his love of character work, movement arts, and improvisation.

And so the antics spun on, in a career spanning more than forty years. The list of grants and other awards that he’s received is now much longer than his teacher’s listing of maladaptive behaviors. Post juggles – literally (he can keep the balls in the air) and figuratively, balancing his performance schedule with educational programs in schools, master classes, workshops, and stints as a director. He has directed for opera and ballet companies as well as for schools and universities. He has also served as a visionary coach and mentor for individual performers, much as Tony Montanaro helped him find his own vision. His wide-ranging travels have led to Post from the Road, a delightfully quirky video series featuring his encounters with – and bemused observations on – the weird and wonderful byways of American culture.

In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War, March 29 Canceled

The Sunday, March 29 performance of In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War has been CANCELED due to medical reasons.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center recently learned about a medical condition that prevents the artist, Robert Trentham, from travelling or performing at this time. We send Mr. Trentham our best wishes for a complete and quick recovery.

We are unable to reschedule the performance, so current ticket holders will be contacted by our box office to receive a refund or exchange their tickets for the April 10th performance by Jerome Kitzke, Music in Poetry, Poetry in Music, or the May 1st 2014-15 Performing Arts Series finale, 10th Anniversary Gala featuring Tomas Kubinek.

Support the Arts! Purchase your ticket today for the Soirée

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council is excited to announce its 8th annual fundraising event, Soirée: A Party for a Purpose, set for Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. The Soiree will feature the Jeannine Rivers Group (Jazz Combo), the Skai Academy Band, a silent auction including a variety of artworks from students and local artists, hors d’oeuvres (sandwiches, swedish meatballs, polish sausage, stuffed mushrooms, brushetta, crabmeat, veggies and fruit) and a cash bar. This year’s Soirée location is the Polish Community Center at 6941 S. 68th Street in Franklin.

Jump Start Your Heart Valentine’s Weekend

 

Grammy-nominated for Best Latin Album of 2014 Afro-Cuban artist Pedrito Martinez set to perform at SMPAC!

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present the Grammy nominated Latin percussionists and vocalists, The Pedrito Martinez Group, on Friday, February 13. Specializing in bata rhythms and vocals, they’ve opened for groups like Dave Matthews Band and collaborated on records with Pacquito D’Rivera, Sting, Elton John and many more. Student tickets are $10-$20, Adults are $25-$35. Call for group discounts.

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Milwaukee Ballet II here Sat., Jan. 24

Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII), the second company of Milwaukee Ballet, is set to stage the highlight of their season which will be restaged by MBII Director Rolando Yanes at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee.

The January 24 show is the only MBII mainstage performance of this season and features the music of Frédéric Chopin, accompanied by Daniel Boudewyns, to portray the height of the romantic age. Then, Adam Sterr’s world premier contemporary work will symbolize our new generation’s energy onstage.

“I’m already looking forward to next winter when, if there’s a God, Milwaukee Ballet Two will give its fourth annual concert at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center,” noted John Schneider of the Shepherd Express, “There’s nothing like it in Milwaukee’s dance season.”

Tickets for the Saturday, Janurary 24th performance are $20 to $30, with discounts for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.southmilwaukeepac.org, by phone at (414) 766-5049, or in-person at the Box Office at 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.

About Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII)

The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program (MBII) takes excellent ballet students and transforms them into artists, ready for the professional world. These male and female trainees, ages 18 to 22, come to the program through international auditions. The MBII trainees perform their own repertoire; support Milwaukee Ballet Company in larger productions; and become ballet ambassadors by executing Milwaukee Ballet Community Outreach workshops and performances that serve more than 30,000 people a year in libraries, schools, senior and assisted living centers, community gatherings and functions.

About Milwaukee Ballet

Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 24 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

Interacting Instead of Distracting

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Interacting Instead of Distracting

Saturday’s performance ARENA Dances: The Main Street Project gave patrons a message to ponder regarding how we interact to others in our immediate space with distractions of social media every where. Through abstract, modern dance, the director encouraged us to form our own observation of his message. Discussion after the performance during the after show “talk back” with the dancers and director, Mathew Janczewski, focused on how the show made us think about our relationships among distractions of texting, facebook, instagram, and a slew of other digital communications. We are encouraged to be aware of the space we are inhabiting and focus on engaging with the people right in front of us.  How do you feel about where we’re headed in communicating with each other?