Reflection: The Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Social Media Club, Part One
By Livia Peterson
As the Milwaukee Repertory Theater is almost halfway through the brilliant sixty fifth anniversary season, I would like to reflect on how much the marketing volunteer position and Social Media Club means to me. The Part Two will be discussed in mid April or May 2019.
I commenced attending the Milwaukee Rep productions three years ago, as part of an Introduction to Theatre course and little did I know how much the Rep would touch and change me within an instant. It is really unbelievable how attending ONE of the productions is able to transform you. I cannot explain it and hence, urging you to attend just one production to witness the magic for yourself. With all this said, I must thank the founder Mary Widrig John, the Artistic Director Mark Clements, the Executive Director Chad Bauman, and everyone else involved including marketing, development, production, and more for revitalizing lives one theatrical performance at a time.
The marketing volunteer special events included the Backstage Tour, In The Heights First Rehearsal, Stackner Cabaret Social, and the Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley rehearsal, focusing on the stage movement. It is easy to declare I love and enjoyed all the aforementioned events; however, the Miss Bennet rehearsal is simply my favorite as it displayed the theatre magic directly in front of my eyes and I could watch the actors rehearse for hours. From the actors delivering input to the director Kimberly Senior and the movement director Joey Stone to the stage manager Audra Kuchling writing notes, the rehearsal process rejuvenated my theatre passion even more so than attending any of their productions. Nonetheless, just attend a Milwaukee Rep production and the genuine, raw magic is fully demonstrated without hesitation, regardless if it is a ensemble piece in the Quadracci Powerhouse or a intimate production in the Stackner Cabaret.
The best component is the friendships. The common love for theatre is just touching the surface. I’ve established a close relationship with the Nitsch couple and indeed, I adore them and vice versa. If it weren’t for the incredible Milwaukee Rep, we would not have crossed paths. Some friendships include Sara, Rochelle, Frank, and Eric and chatting with these amazing people prior to and following a performance is the literal cherry on top.
I attended approximately eight Milwaukee Rep productions prior to joining the Social Media Club and immediately realized the Stackner Cabaret is my favorite Rep venue (yes, it still is). I frequently chatted with fellow theatergoers and established some small talk, discussing the previous Milwaukee Rep productions. The aforementioned conversations were fine, but chatting with the marketing volunteer friends is much more rewarding. It isn’t just the mutual love for the Milwaukee theatre scene and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the friendships and conversations are able to move beyond a common interest. The Social Media Club's magic is extremely subtle, akin to the Milwaukee Rep’s life changing productions. Once again, thank you to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater for all you do.
Photo Description: The Social Media Club with the Miss Bennet Director and Cast. Photo by Sara Risley.