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"Be Our Guest!"

We are so proud to announce our summer show, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast!" Opening night is July 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have a cast of almost 90 talented actors, singers and dancers and this production is phenomenal!!! Director James Lentz, Jr. has put in many tiny touches that bring so much to this tale of love. I enjoy watching musicals like this just to see all the special bits included. Just watch the opening sequence and you will know what I mean! Every cast member brings something to each scene -- the village is alive, the castle truly enchanted. And I may have said this before, but I don't care -- this show has the BEST line in musical theater EVER -- "I use antlers in all of my decorating!" It doesn't get any better than this.
Show dates are 7:30 p.m. July 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th and 2:00 p.m. July 12 and 19.
July 12th and 19th 2:00 PM

We are located at West Allis Central Auditorium, 8516 W Lincoln Ave. Tickets are sold at the door. Our box office opens one hour before show time. We are air-conditioned!!! 
Steve will be working the box office for every performance and I will be there the second weekend. Be sure to say hi and let us know you are reading our blog!


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Our "Beauty and the Beast" opened last week to standing ovations and huge crowds. This is the last weekend to see our enchanted production.
Visit the behind the scenes clip at
See you at the theater -- and thanks so much for being our guests!
By the way, here is our 2009-2010 40th Anniversary season:
  • Fall 2009 "Three Murders and it's Only Monday." A murder mystery spoof directed by Mary Beth Topf.
  • Spring 2010 "Driving Miss Daisy." The beautiful story of an unlikely friendship directed by Katherine Beeson -- hey, that's me!
  • Summer 2010 "Jesus Christ Superstar" directed by Mary Beth Topf.
Our Children's Series will be announced at a later date.

Beauty and the Beast -- Merci!

Wow. I don't know how else to describe our production of "Beauty and the Beast." We had more than 1,800 people come to see our show and we are so deeply grateful. Kudos to director James Lentz, Jr. choreographer Amie Ferrante, Musical and Vocal Director/Conductor Megan Justman Sweeney, Stage Manager Ruth Caves and every member of our talented cast and crew. (My contribution? Did you see Gaston's crony, the one with the black pants and red vest? Yeah, well, I sewed his shirt.) Set strike happened Monday night and while it was sad to see the castle taken down, it was one more chance for the cast and crew to share memories. Once again, my contribution was limited to helping sort costumes because, frankly, no one wants me anywhere near power tools. I'm fine with that. There are still a lot great theater productions this summer. I will be seeing Off the Wall's production of "Sweeney Todd" this weekend. I've heard that tickets are going fast. As for the West Allis Players, we are not resting too long on our laurels. Auditions for our fall show (yes, summer is going by very fast) will be August 17 and 18. The show, a murder mystery spoof, "Three Murders and It's Only Monday," will be presented October 2,3,9 and 10. Come and help us celebrate our 40th anniversary during the 2009-2010 season!

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