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University of Wisconsin-Marshfield / Wood County

"A...My Name Will Always Be Alice" musical offers humor, heartfelt moments

Date: January 23, 2012

MARSHFIELD –  Come prepared to laugh so hard it hurts, but be sure to bring along a tissue or two in case you also shed a few tears while watching "A...My Name Will Always Be Alice," a musical revue exploring the world of friends, rivals, sisters and more.

Continuing Education presents the musical "A...My Name Will Always Be Alice" Thursday-Saturday, February 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, 2000 West 5th Street, Marshfield.

Conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd, "Alice" is full of songs, sketches and monologues taking a sophisticated (and sometimes sassy) look at issues and situations many women experience throughout their lives, portrayed in such a way to give strength and encouragement.

"'Alice' spoke to my heart," said Director Donna Thompson. "It made me laugh; it made me cry. All those things women need to do once in a while. I knew it was a show my predecessor Jeannie Pitsch (who has since moved to Florida) wanted to do; so this is also in honor of her," she said.

There is a little of everything in this show with a range of musical styles including gospel, country, pop and more. Throughout the show, characters may daydream about life in a romantic novel, lament their depressing life situations, celebrate the qualities of sensitive new age guys and explore a lifetime of experiences of motherhood, romantic relationships and friendships.

With a cast of 11 (9 females and 2 males), this production features many returning stars of the Campus Community Players and Continuing Education productions. One returning cast member is Laurie Jasurda of Marshfield. Jasurda, an alumna of UW-M/WC, appeared in productions from 1976-78, including "The Government Inspector," "Oedipus" and "West Side Story." With her days being mostly surrounded by men (namely her husband and four sons), Jasurda considers being part of the "Alice" cast "a refreshing bit of estrogen replacement therapy," she said.

The journey through auditions and rehearsals has produced many memorable moments and misquotes, Thompson said. "It has been a blast working with people from various aspects of my life, pulling them together on this project, with a couple of new faces too. The cast compliments each other well," she said.

For a special night out, come early Saturday, February 4 to enjoy a reception of fine wine and desserts starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery at UW-M/WC. Tickets for this special reception are $19, which includes admission to the show, and must be purchased by January 30 from Continuing Education at 715-389-6520.

Tickets for the show are $12 and can be ordered by calling the Campus Box Office at 715-389-6534 or at Continuing Education at 715-389-6520. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. All seats are reserved.

This production is made possible with major support by the Laird Fund for the Arts.

For more information visit www.marshfield.uwc.edu or www.facebook.com/UWMarshfieldWoodCounty or call 715-389-6530.