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Carroll University’s Theatre Arts Program Debuts First Summer Repertory Series

Carroll University’s First Summer Repertory Series feature the production of two hilarious, family-friendly comedies.

By - May 19th, 2014 12:44 pm

Carroll University’s First Summer Repertory Series feature the production of two hilarious, family-friendly comedies, “Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin and “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The shows are free and open to the public, and will appear on campus at the main stage of Otteson Theatre, located at 238 N. East Avenue in Waukesha. Both productions are directed by Carroll University’s Theatre Arts Faculty Member Jennifer Dobby, and will feature 14 Carroll University students and professional MKE actress Laura Gray. Free tickets to each show can be reserved at

“I constantly try to think of new and exciting ways to prepare my students for the real world,” says Jennifer Dobby, theatre arts faculty and director of both plays.  “The Summer Repertory Series is a great way to achieve this. The students are performing, designing, building, and filling all of the necessary roles to produce these shows. I chose “Anton in Show Business and “The Importance of Being Earnest”toenrich and engage the community, while also teaching students skills they can use for the rest of their lives.”

The opening show, “Anton in Show Business,” will be Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. The schedule for the other performances is as follows:

  • “”The Importance of Being Earnest” will be featured June 7, June 12 and June 14 at 7 p.m., and June 21 at 2 p.m.
  • “Anton in Show Business” will be featured June 14 at 2 p.m., and June 19 and June 21 at 7 p.m.

“Anton in Show Business” is described by critics as “a love letter to the theatre,” is Martin’s sharp, biting comedy that follows three wildly dissimilar actresses as they attempt to navigate their way through an ill-fated production of Anton Chekov’s “Three Sisters.”  “The Importance of Being Earnest” is Wilde’s hilarious and most famous play, following the exploits of Jack and Algernon as they pursue two beautiful young ladies in a tangle of mistaken identity, deception, and wit against the unwavering disapproval of the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Carroll University’s Theatre Arts Program created the Summer Repertory Series to give students an enriching theatre experience outside of the academic year that will prepare them for the future. Student participants receive credits in theatre and become the Summer Repertory Series Company, working together to fully produce a series of shows. The company works on various aspects of the productions including performing, designing, building, advertising, and much more. For more information about the series or the Theatre Arts Program, please visit


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