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‘Great Expectations’ at new Black Box Theatre

Estellportrayed by Brittany Arndt spares poor country orphan Pip (Bobby Johnson) none her scorn Charles Dickens’ classic play “GreExpectations” Feb.

Estella, portrayed by Brittany Arndt, spares poor country orphan Pip (Bobby Johnson) none of her scorn in Charles Dickens’ classic play “Great Expectations” Feb. 24-March 3 at UW-Parkside’s new Black Box Theatre, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha.

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What: ‘Great Expectations’

Where: Black Box Theatre, Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha.

When: 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 24-25, March 1-3; 2 p.m. Feb. 26; 10 a.m. March 2.

Tickets: $17, $15 for seniors, and $7.50 for students. keyword tickets or call (262) 595-2564.

Updated: April 23, 2012 1:51AM

KENOSHA — Parkside Theatre, the award-winning theater company of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Theatre Arts Department, will present seven performances of Charles Dickens’ classic coming-of-age tale, “Great Expectations.” This inaugural production in the Black Box Theatre of the new Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities will be presented Feb. 24, 25, March 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. and March 2 at 10 a.m. at 900 Wood Road.

In Victorian England, the Industrial Revolution has transformed the social landscape but the division between rich and poor remains steadfast. One day, the young orphan Pip is taken to play at the home of wealthy spinster Miss Havisham, where he meets and falls in love with the beautiful but cruel Estella. Pip is working hard to become a gentleman worthy of Estella when news comes that a secret benefactor has given him a large fortune. A mystery then unfolds as Pip’s sudden rise from poor country boy to wealthy city gentleman forces him to move from one social extreme to another.

Director Jamie Cheatham said “Great Expectations” is a challenging and exciting way to open the university’s new performance space.

“We wanted a strong piece for our inaugural play in the new Black Box Theatre,” Cheatham stated. “We thought this is a great piece of classic literature to produce on stage and the title seemed like a positive message to open with: ‘Great Expectations!’”

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