Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Main-Travelled Roads

by Music by Paul Libman; Book and Lyrics by Dave Hudson; From the stories of Hamlin Garland Running Time: 2 hours, with intermission

October 14, 2010 to
October 31, 2010

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Molly Rhode; Musical Direction by Alissa Rhode

Featuring Clare Arena Haden, Scott Haden, Jennifer L. Shine & Chase Stoeger

In this award-winning new musical, Aggie and Will are naïve, but deeply smitten with each other until circumstances send them down separate paths. Meanwhile Ed, the creamery man, turns to Nina, the Dutch girl, for advice about women, and Delia and Otis learn that it's never too late for an old maid and an old goat to fall in love.

Based on short stories by Wisconsin-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hamlin Garland, this chamber piece weaves interlocking tales of reverie and romance in 1880s Wisconsin.

Co-sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation, Inc. and George & Julie Mosher

Check out this MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS behind the scenes video

Pre-show Beer & Cheese Tasting: Fri. Oct. 22, 6:00-8:00
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Music by Paul Libman; Book and Lyrics by Dave Hudson; From the stories of Hamlin Garland
Nina & others Clare Arena Haden
Dave & others Scott Haden
Aggie & others Jennifer L. Shine
Will & others Chase Stoeger
Bass Player Rich Higdon
Production Staff
Director Molly Rhode
Musical Direction Alissa Rhode
Scenic Designer Lisa Schlenker
Costume Designer Ellen Kozak
Lighting Designer Jason Fassl
Stage Manager Brandy Kline
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T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 28, 2010 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Study Guide


Media Coverage

'Roads' captures beauty of farmland

Sunday, October 17, 2010

There are many compelling reasons to see the achingly tender musical adaptation of Hamlin Garland's "Main-Travelled Roads" by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. ...

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Chamber Theatre returns to 'Roads' less traveled

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Musical is based on works of Wisconsin native Hamlin Garland By Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel Oct. 13, 2010 The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre loves a show with a literary pedigree. With "Main-Travelled Roads," MCT has embraced a homegrown one. This musical is based on three stories from an early collection of the same name by Wisconsin native Hamlin Garland (1860-1940), a realistic chronicler of farmers and rural life.

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre takes to the "Roads"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

by Damien Jaques "Main-Travelled Roads" ...That makes me pleased that the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre will open "Main-Travelled Roads" at the Broadway Theatre Center tomorrow night. "Roads," which debuted in Door County in 2007, is a typical AFT musical -- folk music style with a Wisconsin connection and generous helpings of poignancy and humor. Its text is based on several short stories written by Hamlin Garland, who was born in 1860 in West Salem, Wis. and grew up on several state farms.

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Those Rhode girls and MCT's "Main-Travelled Roads"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

by Tom Strini Third Coast Digest We know Molly Rhode as a superb, versatile actress. Alissa Rhode, a composer-pianist by trade, has found her way into the pit as music director for several theaters around the state. They’re together atop Main-Travelled Roads, which the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and opens at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 15) in the Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center. The show marks Molly’s directorial debut in professional theater, but the two sisters have worked together often. ...

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Main-Travelled Roads on WUWM's Lake Effect

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Listen to Bonnie North's Lake Effect interview with MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS composer Paul Libman, playwright/librettist Dave Hudson and director Molly Rhode

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