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05.18.2010 | | Posted at 07:08 AM

Summer Classes AT WLC

By Russ Bickerstaff
It�s a strange bit of trivia, but commercials for a certain local electronics store have been referred to as �welfare for actors.� It�s a bit strange to think that someone with the right credentials could get paid quite well for merely sitting in front of a screen and reading off a teleprompter for a few minutes . . . but occasionally, one may find local actors and actresses popping-up in the low...
01.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Earlier today I had another interview at the Off-Broadway Theatre for a January 22nd Shepherd-Express preview column. Talking with people backstage Off-Broadway is precisely the way one would expect it would be talking to people backstage . . . there are props and bits of costuming and scenery scattered all over the place . . . a few paces from a sign from a fictitious “Mitchell Field,” from N...
01.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I very rarely get to talk to people active in local theatre who aren’t directly involved in a project that they are working on at that moment. Such experiences are usually fleeting moments in the lobby of some theatre. Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with actress Ruth Arnell at great length over cheap coffee from the comfort of my own living room. The interview was done for...
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
Rachel Schmeling, a 15-year-old actress who has studied with the First Stage Theater Academy for eight years, will soon be appearing in the role of Molly in First Stage’s premiere of The Happy Elf. She talks about her experience of working alongside the production’s prestigious New York directors, choreographers...
09.11.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Backstage at the Off Broadway Theatre there was a sense of anticipation. There was a coat rack in the rehearsal space with a distinctive-looking hat and coat on it. There was an old desk onstage. In the middle of that desk: an unmistakable pair of glasses. Tonight, Next Act Theatre previews its production of playwright Eric Smonson’s Lombardi: The Only Thing. The comic drama based on the life of...
09.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Michael Gotch is one of a relatively small group of new actors who has made an ongoing impression from a series of disparate roles on high-end stages in Milwaukee over the course of the past several years. While there is nothing outwardly dazzling about his performances, Gotch assembles a great deal of depth from tiny details in a character’s mannerisms that build into some truly memorable momen...