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Arts Roundup

The Return of Fortuna the Time Bender

The Milwaukee Opera Theatre revives its popular, 2012 mash-up of comic books and operetta.

By - May 5th, 2014 05:48 pm
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Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom!

Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom!

It’s back by popular demand. The Milwaukee Opera Theatre is reviving its 2012 show, Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom!, which critic Tom Strini called “an irresistible blend of unlikely influences – Comic Books, Gilbert & Sullivan, and rock musicals.”

The entire cast returns from the original production, including Samantha Sostarich as the heroine Fortuna and Nathan Wesselowski as her nemesis, the evil Headmaster. As company’s website wryly notes: “Fortuna is back in all its primary-colored glory, fully restored and digitally re-mastered. (We also laundered all the costumes.)”

The show is written and composed by local composer and sometime performer Jason Powell. As for the cast of returning performers, the Milwaukee Examiner called them an “intrepid troupe of highly-talented singer-dancer-actor-comedians.”

May 7th-24th Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $23.76 and are available online or by calling (800) 838-3006.


Other Events This Week:


Florentine Opera: La Boheme Friday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th. Doors open at 2:30pm. Prices vary by section. Tickets are available online or by calling (414) 291-5700.

Wisconsin Lutheran Concert Series: 8 is Enough Monday, May 12th. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets range from $10-39 and are available online.

Milwaukee Opera Theatre: Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom!

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: Rhythm and Blues Saturday, May 10th 1:00PM – 5:00PM. Ticket Prices: adult general admission – $12 student/senior (60+) general admission – $10 premium reserved seating – $25 children 4 and under are FREE. Go to for more information or for season ticket package details.

Peck School of the Arts: UWM Youth Wind Ensembles Concert Sunday, May 11th at 3:00PM-5:00pm. Concert will take place at Helen Bader Concert Hall, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Tickets range between $8-12, and for students and Majors, free. You can get tickets online , by going to Helene Zelazo center for The Performing Arts, or by calling (414)229-4308.

Performing Arts Fund, Inc: Performing Arts in the Park, presented by Next Generation UPAF, in partnership with The Park People Saturday, May 10th 2014. Space is limited: Doors will open at 9:30AM. Locations: Humbolt Park Pavilion, Wilson Park Pavilion, Greenfield Park Pavilion and Dineen Park Pavilion. Admission is free.


Peck School of the Arts: Solid Ground:  An Artistic Journey Monday, May 5th-30th. More information available online.



Theatre Gigante: The Devil’s Mischief, May 9th-17th

Skylight Music Theatre: I hear America Singing Friday, May 9th (through May 25th). Tickets are available online and range from $13.50-67. Please view online schedule to see start times for specific dates.



Waukesha Civic Theatre: Comedy Tonight’s Fish Sticks Thursday, May 8th at 7:00PM. Tickets are between $6-10 and are available online or by calling (262) 547-0708.

Comedy Café: Chris Barnes Thursday, May 8th through May 10th. Tickets are $5 if you make a reservation or $12 at the door and mention “milwaukee365” Tickets are available online or by calling (414) 271-5653. Please check online for specific showtimes and dates.


Special Events

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre: 60th Anniversary Gala – Something Unexpected! Saturday, May 10th at 5:30PM. Tickets are $300-400 for individuals, and tables and corporate sponsorships are available. For more information about tickets call (414)290-5347.

Women’s Voices Milwaukee: So You Wanna Be A Choir Member…Saturday, May 10th at 7:30PM. Tickets are $12 in advanced by emailing or $15 at the door.  Or you can call (414) 282-2436.


Last Chance

Danceworks Performance Company: Plugged In, May 10th. Tickets available online.



Windfall Theatre: Storefront Church, through May 17th

First Stage: Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever, through June 1st

The Fireside Dinner Threatre: Fiddler on the Roof  through June 8th

In Tandem Theatre: 1959 Pink Thunderbird: Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star through May 18th

Inova GalleryLisa Selby: Must Come Down and  Benjamin DeMott: Teeter Jam, through May 18

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Ain’t Misbehavin’, through May 18

Museum of Wisconsin ArtHandmade for Hard Times, through June 15

Charles Allis Art MuseumFORWARD: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, through June 29

0 thoughts on “Arts Roundup: The Return of Fortuna the Time Bender”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you especially for the Milwaukee Opera Theatre review, and all the other performance info!

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