Pius XI Catholic High School’s Performing Arts Program
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Fall Season Showcases the Depth and Diversity of Pius XI Performing Arts

The fall season begins in October with the Obie Award-winning play, The Marriage of Bette and Boo.

Milwaukee, Wis. (October 16, 2017)From a dark comedy to a whimsical, childlike journey, the fall season for Pius XI Performing Arts explores a variety of genres that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. The fall season begins in October with the Obie Award-winning play, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, a dark comedy chronicling a marriage spiraling out of control, and is followed by the Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, which details how an orphan child comes to be “The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” (a.k.a. Peter Pan). Both performances are open to the public and will be held in the Black Box Theater at the Father Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center.

“Each year, we select performances that will challenge and push our students to new heights,” said Kevin Schwartz, performing arts teacher and director at Pius XI Catholic High School. “The fall season will showcase the diversity and talent of our students and is guaranteed to appeal a wide range of theatrical tastes.”

The Marriage of Bette and Boo – October 27-29, 2017

As the play begins, Bette and Boo are being united in matrimony surrounded by their beaming families. But as the progress of their marriage is chronicled, it becomes increasingly clear that things are not working out quite as hoped. Conveyed in a series of dazzlingly interconnected scenes, this Obie Award-winning play moves wickedly on through three decades of divorce, alcoholism, madness and fatal illness – all treated with a farcical brilliance which, through author Christopher Durang’s unique talent, mines the unlikely lodes of irony and humor residing in these ostensibly unhappy events.

The Marriage of Bette and Boo will be performed October 27 at 7 p.m., October 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and October 29 at 2 p.m. The production is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Peter and the Starcatcher – November 3-5, 2017

Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair, and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Performances of Peter and the Starcatcher take place on November 23 at 7 p.m., November 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and November 5 at 2 p.m.

All performances take place in the Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center or the Pius Black Box Theater located on the 5th floor inside Pius XI Catholic High School. For tickets and additional performance information please visit www.piuspac.org.

About Pius XI High School’s Performing Arts Program
Designed to enable students to find the beauty and power of the performing arts, Pius XI Catholic High School’s Performing Arts Program offers a full, four-year curricular program in dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music. The scoped and sequenced academic program ranges from absolute beginner to college audition major preparation and offers more than 150 performance opportunities each year. Established in 2012, the Father Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center serves as the home of the program and features the 500-seat Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater and 90-seat Black Box Theater.

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