Milwaukee, WI — Skylight Opera Theatre is pleased to announce that beginning on February 1, 2012, its name will change to Skylight Music Theatre.
Over fifty years ago, Skylight began as Skylight Theatre and evolved through the years to Skylight Comic Opera, The Skylight and the current Skylight Opera Theatre. In recent years, the name has been an ongoing topic of discussion for board members and staff as they strive to ensure it truly reflects the mission, repertoire, and education programs.
Throughout its history, Skylight has prided itself in presenting the full spectrum of music theatre – from opera to operetta, from standard Broadway musicals to newer more experimental pieces, and world premiere cabarets. The Skylight has evolved into one of the most unique performing arts organizations in the country by remaining committed to doing every form of music theatre. No other company achieves the range of repertoire that Skylight produces every season and the organization remains committed to continuing that truly special and unique tradition.
Skylight firmly believes that opera is a critical part of the music theatre canon and its dedication to performing at least one opera a year will not change. But because it produces the full spectrum of music theatre, the name “Skylight Opera Theatre” doesn’t accurately reflect the full breadth of productions. Skylight’s goal in the name change is to accurately capture the range of experiences patrons may have throughout each season, and minimize the misconception that Skylight only produces opera.
Skylight’s strength lies in the age-old telling of stories that meld the magic of music with the power of theatre, and that remains unchanged. Skylight Music Theatre will continue to seek out high quality productions that have a moving story to tell and compelling music through which to tell it.
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Samuelson, Marketing Director