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SNYDER: A portrait of the artist as a young man

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Orson Welles — whose 100th birthday is coming up on May 6 — is Kenosha’s most famous native son.

But that doesn’t mean Kenoshans know everything (or even very much) about the man who gained international fame as a writer, producer, actor and director. His most memorable achievement was his film “Citizen Kane,” which regularly tops lists of the greatest movies ever made.

Patrick McGilligan — who recently completed a Welles biography focusing on his early years — was himself surprised by some of what he discovered during his research for the book.


SNYDER: A portrait of the artist as a young man

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Orson Welles — whose 100th birthday is coming up on May 6 — is Kenosha’s most famous native son.

But that doesn’t mean Kenoshans know everything (or even very much) about the man who gained international fame as a writer, producer, actor and director. His most memorable achievement was his film “Citizen Kane,” which regularly tops lists of the greatest movies ever made.

GET OUT: Carthage goes back in time with ‘Man of La Mancha’

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Carthage College presents the Tony-Award winning musical “Man of La Mancha,” inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved Spanish novel “Don Quixote.”

The two-week run opens with a 7:30 p.m. show tonight (April 24) at Carthage’s Wartburg Auditorium, 2001 Alford Park Drive. The cast will perform six shows through May 2 — including a 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday (April 25) and 3 p.m. show on Sunday (April 26).

GET OUT: Sixth Street continues ‘Pageant Play’ romp

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Beauty is only skin deep.

Over Our Head Players pokes fun at the seriously unfunny world of child beauty pageants in their new romp “Pageant Play,” which opened last weekend and runs through May 3 at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine.

GET OUT: ‘Heights’ at Bradford explores family, community

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Kenosha Unified will highlight the importance of community and diversity in their adaptation of “In the Heights.”

A Tony-Award wining musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the drama revolves around an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.

EXTENDED RUNS: Three shows resume tonight

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Three shows continue multi-week runs this weekend.

While “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” continues through May 2 at the Rhode Center, this weekend is your final chance to catch “Hairspray” at Indian Trail and “Cinderella (Enchanted Edition)” at Christian Life.

LOOKING AHEAD: Two area shows open May 1

Here’s a look at the area shows that will open May 1:

What: Spotlight Youth Theater presents “The Jungle Book”

Annual tour of local studios begins

The fifth annual Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour takes place this weekend, with tours of Kenosha artists’ workspaces on Sunday (April 26) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From self-guided tour is organized by a collective of Racine and Kenosha artists and their supporters. Attendees will meet local artists and have the opportunity to visit 48 studios at 22 locations around southeastern Wisconsin.

MUSIC MATTERS: Local tour is tailor-made for fans of the arts

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Looking at the title of this column, the obvious idea is to get you behind live music.

Regular readers though, know I love all sorts of artistic disciplines. (I even dabble in photography, in addition to music.)

QUICK SPINS: Todd Rundgren, Dwight Yoakam continue to impress

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Todd Rundgren, “Global” (Cherry red)

www.toddrundgren.com, $18.99

SNYDER: Road warriors

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Brian Nutter and his wife, Blake Gray, have been on the road together — just the two of them, in a van, with their dog — since Jan. 5. Each day, they show up in a different city, in a different home, and perform.

When we talked with Brian and Blake, they were looking ahead to going home after more than three months of almost daily performances across the country.

Lakeside Players tackles ‘Sex Please, We’re Sixty’

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Boomers are bringing sexy back.

Lakeside Players Inc. tackles love, sex and “performance enhancing drugs” in their new comedy “Sex Please, We’re Sixty.”

GET OUT: Indian Trail presents ‘Hairspray’

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The Indian Trail High School theater department gets into the groove with its swanky adaptation of Tony-award winning musical comedy “Hairspray.”

Set in 1962 Baltimore, perky teen Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on the “Corny Collins Show,” a popular local TV dance program. When Tracy unexpectedly wins a role on the show, she becomes a local celebrity overnight, and meets a vibrant array of characters. She soon launches a controversial campaign to integrate the show and rallies against racism.

GET OUT: Blonde ambition at Wilmot

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Whoever said “orange is the new black” never met Elle Woods.

The Wilmot High School drama department will paint the town pink with its adaptation of award-winning musical comedy “Legally Blonde the Musical”

Clayes’ perseverance pays off

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Perry Clayes, 48, has been playing with Point Blank for more than a year and has been performing on the stage since he was a teenager. Four years ago, Clayes suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed. Aiding the recovery process was a burning desire to get back to the stage to do what he loves most — play for an audience.

Let’s go “On the Beat” with Clayes:

Christian Life presents ‘Cinderella’

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Christian Life School began a four-show run of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella (Enchanted Edition)” on Thursday. Here’s a closer look at the show:

When: 7 p.m. shows today (April 17), April 23 and 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

‘Pageant Play’ opens three-week run tonight

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Over Our Head Players is opening a three-week run of the satirical comedy “Pageant Play” tonight at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine.

Showtimes: 8 p.m. today (April 17), 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday (April 18) and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (April 19). The show runs through May 3 with 8 p.m. shows on Fridays, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

LOOKING AHEAD: Two area shows opening April 24

Here’s a look at the area shows that will open April 24:

Where: Bradford High School, 3700 Washington Road

LAST CHANCE: ‘The Giver’ wraps up run at RTG

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The Racine Theatre Guild hopes to foster a spirit of acceptance and honor diversity with its adaptation of “The Giver.”

The show opened last weekend and continues with four shows this weekend.

Symphony performing ‘Our Town’ concert

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The Kenosha Symphony continues its 75th anniversary season with an “Our Town. Your KSO” concert Saturday night (April 18) at Reuther Central High School.

The theme was chosen to “celebrate the cultural history of Kenosha as well as the shared anniversary with Aaron Copland’s classic piece composed in 1940, ‘Our Town,’ ” according to Sarah Gorke, the symphony’s executive director.

MUSIC MATTERS: Beer and cheese festival also serves up live music

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There are some things this state just happens to do better than anybody else around.

Let’s see ... there’s cheese and beer and live music for starters.

QUICK SPINS: Old pros Brian Wilson, Van Morrison still bring it

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Brian Wilson, “No Pier Pressure” (Capitol)

www.brianwilson.com, $14.99

Dorian Gray Art Show is Saturday at Mosquitoe Gallery

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Dr. Destruction’s 31st annual Dorian Gray Art Show starts at 6:30 Saturday evening (April 18) in the Mosquitoe Gallery, 5511 95th Ave.

Local artist and horror personality Dale “Dr. Destruction” Wamboldt started the event in 1984 to showcase local artwork.

GO BRIEFS: Parkside presents Victorian-era opera

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The Choral Arts Society will collaborate with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Opera Workshop for a fully staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “The Sorcerer” 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (April 18) and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday (April 19).

Directed by Ami Bouterse, the opera features beautiful melodies, hysterical choruses and colorful costumes and will take place in Bedford Hall, 900 Wood Road.

‘Our Town. Your KSO.’ Kenosha Symphony continues efforts to raise its profile

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It’s not easy to tell a 75-year-old to change her ways, but Sarah Gorke has been happily doing that for a year now.

Gorke — the Kenosha Symphony’s executive director since March of 2014 — has been working on an ambitious “rebranding” project for the symphony, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

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The Urban Land Institute's recommendation for redevelopment of the former Chrysler property, unveiled Friday, calls for creation of a small-business innovation center, along with sites for small-business and manufacturing development and indoor and outdoor sports fields. What do you think of this plan?
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