Theatre department presents new musical adaptation of Lady Windermere's Fan

Date Posted: October 29, 2010

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran College theatre department presents a new musical adaptation of Lady Windermere's Fan at 8 p.m. on November 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 7 in the college’s Raabe Theatre.

This version of Oscar Wilde's first comedy and first great stage success provides an uneasy mixture of Christian morality and glittering wit as it satirizes the superficiality and hypocrisy of Victorian England.

Directed by Wisconsin Lutheran College Prof. Jan Gompper, Lady Windermere's Fan features Wisconsin Lutheran Choir members Anna Biedenbender and Chelsea Nillissen in the leading roles. The script adaptation was written by Gompper and Dr. David Eggebrecht of Concordia University Wisconsin. Music and lyrics were created by Gompper.

"This musical adaptation is faithful to Wilde's original story line," said Gompper, "and the script and lyrics keep his witty repartee intact. I also believe that the play's themes of societal hypocrisy – and its depiction of self-sacrifice – still have something to say to a modern audience. Add to all of that the fact that the two leading roles are female, a rarity in the theatre world, and I believe we have combined elements for a memorable and meaningful musical performance."

The Raabe Theatre is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, and $10 students. For tickets, call the WLC box office at 414.443.8802 or purchase online.

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