Benefit shows added for “Dancing at Lughnasa” December 14-15

Dancing at Lughnasa

Parkside Theatre presents benefit performances of the Irish memory play “Dancing at Lughnasa” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15. The performances will raise funds to send the play’s 25-member cast and crew to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre (KCACTF) Region III Festival. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. with a reception held prior to Saturday’s performance. The shows are held in the Black Box Theatre of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, 900 Wood Rd., Kenosha.

“Not only was our production selected, but our director Jamie Cheatham, set designer Jody Sekas, and student lighting designer Chris Payne all received merit awards,” said Theatre Arts Department Chair Lisa Kornetsky. [And] “students Brittany Boeche, Laura Chartrand, and Michael Dalberg were nominated in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.”

Kornetsky said tickets will stay are their current prices and donations will be accepted. Saturday’s pre-show reception is held in Studio A near the Black Box Theatre and will feature light refreshments. The reception is sponsored by former UW-Parkside dean Donald Cress, current dean Dean Yohnk, and Kornetsky.

Loosely based on the lives of playwright Brian Friel’s mother and aunts, “Dancing at Lughnasa” is a bittersweet tale of past remembrances as seen through the eyes of narrator Michael Evans who, at the time of the play, is seven years old. The play takes place during the last days of summer when love briefly seems possible for three of the five Mundy sisters.

The cast includes Kenjamin Lafayette as Michael, Shanna Theiste as Kate Mundy, Boeche as Maggie, Chartrand as Agnes, Katlin Kobernick as Rose, Rachel Sandlin as Christina, Dalberg as Father Jack, and Ethan Hall as Gerry Evans.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $13 for seniors and UW-Parkside faculty and staff, and $8 for students. Order online by visiting or by calling 262-595-2564.