Dream Role returns to Perry Hall
By Allyssa Novak
photo submitted by Susan Rabideau
Sophomores Alex Anderson and Laura Schlichting perform
in UW-Fox Theatre's spring production of Dream Role.
Actors and dancers from throughout the Fox Valley took the stage at the Communication Arts Center's Perry Hall for Dream Role April 18 through April 20.
In its second year at UW-Fox, the show featured performances of famous Broadway hits
The premise of Dream Role is that everyone involved in theater has a specific role that they have always wished to perform, but never had to the chance to.
"Depending on the role, you may be too short, too fat, male or female. Dream Role was a chance to wipe all those requirements and allow people to perform what they have always dreamed," director of technical theatre Erick Gyrion, said.
Co-directed by associate professor of communications Susan Rabideau, the production allowed performers to act out roles of their choice.
"We wanted to give the community a chance to perform a role that they may never be able to be cast in," Gyrion said.
Dream Role was a team effort between cast members and directors, and everyone was happy with the final result.
"The collaboration is truly a genius idea. I am so proud and honored that I was able to be a part of this experience," actress and sophomore Trina Pachan, said.
Attendees enjoyed performances from familiar Broadway shows.
"I absolutely loved that the directors decided to kick off the performance with two songs from The Lion King. The cast did a magnificent job blending their voices and coming alive onstage. It was phenomenal," sophomore Nicole Wallace said.
Other popular Broadway shows included in the performances from Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Wicked, Rent and Annie.
The cast put in hours of rehearsal to perfect their singing numbers, as well as choreography.
"The amount of work and lack of rehearsals it takes to put this show on is astounding. We really have a lot of dedicated and talented performers in the area. Dream Role is quickly becoming a family tradition for performers and audiences alike," Gyrion said.
Audience member and sophomore Emily Pritzl was captivated by a song and dance number taken from the Broadway musical Once.
"Each scene was equally impressive, but the one that stood out the most was the song Falling Slowly. The dancers moved with such grace and passion," Pritzl said.
Last spring's debut of Dream Role was also a huge success.
"We knew off the bat that this would be a big hit for performers and audience members alike. The show is different than any musical revue you have ever seen," Gyrion said.
Dream Role is expected to return next year.
"The show was a complete delight, and I can't wait to see it all over again next year," sophomore Sophia Carpiaux said.
UW-Fox Theatre will partner with Riverside Theatre in the Park for SUDS, a 60s musical soap opera throwback May 23 through 25.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. UW-Fox students get free admission to the show with student ID. For more information, please visit http://www.uwfox.uwc.edu/cac/theatreevents.html.