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High school theatre students present ‘Chicago’ and ‘Pippin' for fall musicals
Posted: October 19, 2017

The Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East High School theatre departments will present two of Broadway’s most popular musicals during their fall shows.




The award-winning Tosa West Trojan Players will perform “Chicago”, Broadway’s longest-running show and winner of six Tony Awards. The Kander-Ebb-Fosse production about two 1920’s murder cases in Chicago first debuted in 1975.


The show will feature a unit set, professional lighting, 1920’s style costumes and wigs, and over 75 students working as the cast, crew, and pit members.


“Chicago features a unique choreography and was selected for the fall musical to challenge students,” said Adam Steffan, Wauwatosa West’s theatre director. “My favorite part about Chicago is that it's something different for our students and the community. We have been having a blast working on this show that features many iconic songs. Students are excited about the costumes and the "Fosse style" choreography.”


Showtimes for “Chicago” are:

- November 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:00 p.m.

- November 12 at 2:00 p.m.


For pricing and to purchase tickets to “Chicago”, visit www.trojanplayers.com


The Wauwatosa West Theatre Department was recently named a Top High School Theatre Program from Stage Directions Magazine, a theatrical publication which celebrates the theatre industry on all levels of production and design. It has also represented the state of Wisconsin at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in NYC."


Meanwhile, the Tosa East Players will present Stephen Schwartz's “Pippin!”. The four-time Tony Award-winning musical features an enchanting journey with the Leading Player and his dazzling Gypsy tribe as they weave a magical tale of “love, murder, mischief, and holy war.”



“At its core, this story is about finding one’s true self and purpose,” explained Kate Sarner, Wauwatosa East’s theatre director. “Our students, especially our seniors, stand at the threshold of the rest of their lives and are asking themselves these very questions.  How apropos, then, for them to be exploring this material during some of the most formative years of their lives?”   


Sarner says East’s non-traditional approach will make their presentation of Pippin be unlike others you may have seen. “These non-traditional choices range from casting to a conceptual approach to setting. Our set is actually a functioning vardo- which is a is a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by the Romani people as their home.”


Show times for Pippin are:

-        November 10,11,16,17,18 at 7:30 p.m.

-        November 12 at 2:00 p.m.


For pricing and to purchase tickets to Pippin, visit www.tosaeasttheatre.org. November 16th is student night at Wauwatosa East. Any student who presents a valid school-issued student ID will be admitted at the door for $5.