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Drama At The Depot: Free Pop Up Performance Festival

1111 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee, WI, 53172


The Battery Factory, in collaboration with South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, will host three evenings of live performance at the historic South Milwaukee Railroad Depot located at 11th and Milwaukee Avenues in South Milwaukee during the city’s Heritage Days Festival July 24, 25 and 26. Performances are at 7:30 pm.


The depot was the heart of bustling South Milwaukee from 1893 to the mid-1950’s and the restored station provides an atmospheric backdrop for these outdoor performances.  Celebrate the history of South Milwaukee while enjoying FREE performances featuring theater, music and dance from local arts groups. No tickets are needed and all are welcome to attend.


Featured Performers:


Mississippi Sawyer is a band featuring conventional and improvised acoustic instruments.  To the delight of the listeners, Mississippi Sawyer brings together the sounds of the banjo, kick-drum suitcase, guitar, washtub bass, washboard, singing saw, Irish whistle, kazoos and other homemade instruments.


Cadance Collective will perform a Folk Suite of works inspired by several folk songs of the 19th century including 'Oh My Darling, Clementine' and 'I've Been Working on the Railroad.'  The third song, 'Wayfaring Stranger' deals with the theme of wandering along life's path, as so many drifters did following the birth of the U.S. railroad system.  Cadance Collective uses flute, cello, ukulele, voice, and dance, to translate these old familiar songs into a modern language.


Dance Revolution Milwaukee (DRM) performance explores how we make and maintain relationships in a world filled with hustle and bustle.  The work incorporates the theme of interconnectedness between people and places as well as the history of South Milwaukee and the South Milwaukee Railroad Depot.  The piece, Threefold, “physicalizes” the need to keep changing and also the importance of staying connected to people and places most important to us.



Kath Vandenberg’s theatre piece about a woman in her mid-20’s remembering how she used to come and play on the platform and in the area surrounding the depot.  This fictional woman grew up in the neighborhood of the depot and will act out brief encounters with the mysterious and interesting passengers that she meets on the train.


These performances are free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.  For more information, please contact The Battery Factory at (414) 944-0028 or info@thebatteryfactory.org, or South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center at (414)766-5049 or pacboxoffice@sdsm.k12.wi.us.





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