In Tandem Theatre Picks From ‘The Apple Tree’
The show opens with a
retelling of a folk tale from Genesis as seen through the eyes of Mark Twain in
The Diary of Adam and Eve.Luke Leonhardt plays Adam to Georgina
McKee’s Eve in a musical short also featuring the talented David Flores in the
role of the snake. The three actors take center stage in the other two stories
as well, which feature a prisoner given a rather strange “Let’s Make a
Deal”-typescenario in The Lady or the Tiger and the story of a
chimney sweep who dreams of being an actress in Hollywood in Passionella.
The central cast of Leonhardt,
McKee and Flores showcases three different talents. Leonhardt is a remarkably
poised leading man with a flair for comedy. McKee, who appeared in a shorts
program with In Tandem last year, has shown considerable talent for both drama
and comedy since she started appearing in Milwaukee
productions. And Flores’ unique theatrical
charisma is no stranger to intimate stages like the Tenth Street Theatre.
The production looks to
add a fresh touch to the 43-year-old musical with new interstitial scenes written
by playwright Neil Haven. Haven weaves a story about the fairy-tale nature of
the three musical shorts as a father and mother tell their daughter stories to
try to get her to sleep.
TheApple Tree is a collaborative project
with UW-Milwaukee’s music, theater and dance departments. Ten students are set
to form a chorus and play small roles in the production. This collaboration
will provide an opportunity for some very talented students to work with
professional actors. The students, who have been preparing as understudies for
the major roles, will be featured in those roles in a specially discounted
performance Monday, May 3.
In Tandem’s production of The Apple Tree runs April 30 through May 16 at the Tenth Street Theatre.