Prelude to a Kiss
by Craig Lucas

October 13 - October 30, 2011

Running Time: 2 hours

TICKETS
Regular Price - $20
Senior Price - $16
Student Price - $16
Rush (Half Hour Prior to Show) - $16
Discount Night (Oct 13 and Oct 26) - $10

SHOWTIMES

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THEATER
Furlan Auditorium
Seating Chart

 

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Rita and Peter meet and fall hard for each other and decide that they want nothing more than to spend the rest of their lives together.  Their wedding is a special day when their friends and family join to celebrate this perfect union.  When a mysterious old man pops up and asks to give the bride a celebratory kiss, a cosmic change occurs that switches Rita’s soul with the old visitor’s.  This modern romantic fairy tale is a tender and funny tale about the true nature of love and how hearts beat fast when love is strong.

 

the overall play

Sunset reached a new low with Prelude to a Kiss. We have been season ticket holders for almost 20 years. After Hair we were totally disgusted with all the F word's and other vulgar language we heard and the general immoral attitude in that play. We realize Sunset didn't write the play but Sunset doesn't have to have plays that are so offensive. After last seasons plays it seemed to get better. However, after Prelude to a Kiss I realize I was wrong. Vulgar sexual language is shocking and unacceptable. The use, again, of the F word is also unacceptable. WAKE UP, CLEAN UP YOUR ACT OR YOU WILL LOSE PATRONS. During intermission we discussed other venues to see quality plays in the Milwaukee area. As you know there are many options besides Sunset. The acting was stale and emotionless. This play was just plain stupid and vulgar.


 

Prelude to a Kiss

I can't say enough great things about the plays and actors at the Sunset Playhouse. I have been to several plays and never been disappointed. Prelude to a Kiss was another great experience. All of the play held my interest and my girlfriend, who has never been to the Sunset Playhouse enjoyed herself and would like to come back again. Thank you for the Sunset Playhouse with great plays and great actors and also reasonable prices, which is a great help when money pleasures are at a limit.


 

Exceeded Expectations!

We enjoyed “Prelude”! We did not enjoy the film when we saw it years ago and were lukewarm to the idea of seeing it at Sunset. However, it was delightful and thought-provoking. We’re glad that it was scheduled and that we were there to experience it. Thanks to all for a wonderful autumn afternoon of fine theater.


 

Prelude to a Kiss

Show was different; not one of our favorites. The acting was great but we were not comfortable with the story line. Some of it was hard to follow.


 

Disappointment

My daughter and I went for a 'girls night out' and thought a Prelude To A Kiss would be the perfect play to see. We purchased Rush tickets which were OUTSTANDING seats . .we were excited. The play started and it was a bit slow, but we were confident it would pick up . .alas it didn't. Peter was good, he was believable and charming. Rita was stiff and unbelievable. The set was interesting in how it was transformed! The older man, was also a bit stiff, and a fairly unlikable character. He came off very flat. In the second act I was most offended at the audience who for the most part were 'older' and should have known to behave better. When Peter and the older man kissed (which anyone with half a mind could have seen this coming) the audible gasp from audience members was embarrassing. My daughter a 16 year old commented on how embarrassing it was to have 'grown ups' act so foolishly - I agree. Frankly for me that was one of the more tender scenes in the play. I thought it was touching that Peter could see past the fact that Rita was in a man's body - and because his love was so great for her, he could see past that and kiss him. Too bad the audience could not do the same. The scenes with the older man dragged on and I must confess I dosed off for a bit. The ending was anticlimactic and disappointing. All in all, Peter was the best thing going in the play . he was believable, likable and really quite good.


 

Prelude To A Kiss

I just was not a fan of the story itself but still glad I came. The humor was very subtle and it was my least favorite show I have attended due to the story (not acting).


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We have plenty of opportunities to get involved at the Playhouse!  A few of the upcoming volunteer needs for Prelude to a Kiss:

PROPS/RUN CREW Openings: 2 Volunteers per show:
Thurs. Oct 20, 6:30pm – roughly 8:30pm;
Fri. Oct 21, 7:00pm – roughly 9:00pm;
Sat. Oct 22, 4:00pm – roughly 7:00pm;
Sat. Oct 22, 7:00pm – roughly 9:00pm;
Sun. Oct 23, 1:00pm – roughly 3:00pm;
Wed. Oct 26, 6:30pm – roughly 8:30pm;
Thurs. Oct 27, 6:30pm – roughly 8:30pm;
Fri. Oct 28, 7:00pm – roughly 9:00pm;
Sat. Oct 29, 4:00pm – roughly 7:00pm;
Sat. Oct 29, 7:00pm – roughly 9:00pm;
Sun. Oct 30, 1:00pm – roughly 3:00pm  

Front of House Openings: October 23 2 pm show; October 29 5 pm show

Stage Presents Openings: Sat Oct 15 8 pm; Friday Oct 28 8 pm; Sat Oct 29 8 pm; Sun Oct 30 2 pm

Costume Sitters - throughout run of show

If you are interested in more information or would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Michelle Tucker at mtucker@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431.

Cast (In Alphabetical Order)

Christoper Berens……Tom, Jamiacan Waiter
Bill Clifford……Minister
Nancy Domres……Aunt Dorothy/Leah
Bob Hirschi……Dr. Boyle
Shawn Kokoszka……Peter
Susan Loveridge……Mrs. Boyle
Mike Matusin……Uncle Fred/Ensemble
Bryan Quinn……Taylor
Veronica Quirk……Ensemble
Rachel Sciacca……Rita
Doug Smedbron……Old Man

Production Team
Director……Matt Daniels
Resident Designer/Technical Director……Michael J. Desper
Lighting Designer……Aaron Schmidt
Sound Designer……Sam Butchart
Costume Designer……Kimberly Lorentz
Stage Manager……Kristen Kraklow
Props Mistress/Assistant Stage Manager……Beth Bland


 
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