Preparing for ‘Arcadia’ after fire

The fire that struck the UWM theater building April 8 destroyed the set of “Arcadia” just weeks before the production was going to hit the stage. Fortunately, Shorewood High School offered the use of its set-building shop, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater offered the use of its Stiemke Studio.

Then the work began.

Students and faculty threw themselves into the work, adapting the production to fit the Stiemke and rebuilding the set in less than two weeks. The cast, meanwhile, kept rehearsing, adapting as they did so to the new performance space and set.

The result of all that work: The show will open as scheduled on May 3.