Shmitz, Becher, WHT, Back and Forth
Two Patrick Schmitz pieces in March
Local playwright and funnyman Patrick Schmitz is a busy guy. This month he has not one, but two different scripts making their formal debut in two different formats.
Todayâ€™s...or, actually...This Sundayâ€™s Tom Sawyer
On March 6th, Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre breaks with tradition and working with a script not written by Charles Sommers. Patrick Schmitzâ€™s Radio WHT comedic twist on Twainâ€™s classic Tom Sawyer. The parody of classic live radio drama stars Schmitz as Wally Becher. The radio cast includes a number of usual suspects including Jack Farrwell, Ira Hampton, Deb Burnham. A new character by the name of Kat Newhall (anybodyâ€™s guess as to who that might be) will play Tom and the ghost of the late Pete Vliet will play Huck Finn. Weird. And kinda cool.
Radio WHTâ€™s Tom Sawyer can be found on 91.7 WMSEâ€™s frontier radio somewhere between 8:30 and 11:30 am.
Back And Forth
Schmitzâ€™s tribute to Midwestern theatre Back and Forth approaches the present not long after the Radio WHT show. The show set in a small-town theatre community somewhere in Wisconsin was informed on by Schmitzâ€™s interview with no less than 75 people involved with local theatre. (So it better be good). Actually, Iâ€™d seen a staged reading of the show and it sounds interesting.
A fully-staged production of the latest from the playwright of Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer makes it to the stage of the Alchemist Theatre March 18th â€“ 26th.