After the fire at scene shop, the curtain is rising Wednesday on UW-Milwaukee’s ‘Arcadia’


A college play that opens Wednesday at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater is finishing its final exam.

A scene shop fire in a theater at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee April 8 unexpectedly sent students who act, build and design sets, and manage the stage, lighting and sound into a professional theater space much different from the familiar Mainstage Theatre where their work on “Arcadia” began weeks earlier. They re-blocked scenes, rebuilt part of the set, and acclimated to change.

“We’d never walk away from this,” said Denis Kavanagh, shop supervisor for the scene shop in UWM’s theater department.

The production runs Wednesday through Sunday, and tickets are still available for some nights through The Rep’s box office.

Tom Stoppard’s play “Arcadia” explores the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty.

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