Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets $15 for general public, $10 for students
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON
A staged concert of We Foxes, a new musical by Ryan Scott Oliver is coming to Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre September 22-24, 2017 as part of the ĭmáGen collaboration between MSU Department of Theatre and Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
Each year, since 2014, ĭmáGen selects a new musical to be presented under the guidance of a Broadway-caliber director. The program becomes a vivid learning experience for both college and high school actors who are cast alongside professionals in the production. We Foxes, the 2017 selection, is a southern Gothic thriller set in small-town Missouri, 1945. It’s the story of Willa, a tough and unmannered orphan girl, adopted by the sheriff’s wife, who introduces her to a glamorous world of privilege and class. When Willa discovers dark secrets beneath the floorboards, a conflict arises and tears the two apart. Willa must fight to survive! Can Willa find her own courage and salvation, and sacrifice everything to escape? It is a story of intense human struggle, deliverance, and the great salvation found only through oneself.
Ryan Scott Oliver who wrote We Foxes is becoming “a major new voice in musical theatre” (Entertainment Weekly) and is “shaking up musical theater with his dark, twisted and genius work … [Oliver] could very well be musical theater’s answer to an auteur filmmaker or a gothic novelist” (Huffington Post). He was selected to open Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and has received numerous awards including a Jonathan Larson Grant, a Richard Rodgers Award, and was selected for residencies at several prestigious theatres around the country. He also founded and runs Actor Therapy: a five-week training experience for young actors in NYC.
ĭmáGen invited Oliver to be a composer-in-residence September 9 – 24, 2017. “ĭmáGen is such a great program for everyone involved — from the MSU and high school students to the Broadway performers,” said MSU Assistant Professor of Theatre Brad Willcuts. “There are so many opportunities for creative collaboration and Ryan Scott Oliver’s We Foxes will be a fantastic challenge!”
Along with Oliver, the ĭmáGen program has engaged several other visiting artists as part of this two-week residency, including director, Marshall Pailet (Baghdaddy/Off-Broadway and Triassic Parq/Off-Broadway); dramaturg, Matthew Schneider (Allegiance/Broadway, Memphis/National Tour); actor, Katie Thompson (Pump Boys and Dinettes/Off-Broadway; Giant/Off-Broadway); actor, Wade McCollum (Wicked/Broadway and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me/Off-Broadway); Ethan Carlson (Oliver’s Assistant); and stage manager, Paige Conway.
Working alongside the visiting artists will be the MSU ĭmáGen team, including MSU Musical Director Dave Wendelberger and MSU Department of Theatre faculty members Brad Willcuts (Amazing Grace/Broadway) and Alisa Hauser (Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie/Broadway).
This production contains adult themes and language. Recommended for ages 13 and up.