Skylight Music Theatre presents Carmina Burana

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Skylight Music Theatre presents…

Carmina Burana

Reduced Orchestration by Wilhelm Killmayer
Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, sole U.S. and Canadian agent for Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz, Germany, publisher and copyright owner.

In Collaboration with
Milwaukee Opera Theatre
Danceworks Performance Company
And Chant Claire Chamber Choir

Synopsis Summary

Featuring the thrilling music of composer Carl Orff, this cantata takes an unflinching look at the pleasures and perils of the human condition. Four organizations unite to reconceive this masterpiece for the intimate Cabot stage, as “total theatre” in which music, dance and words are inseparable. Ages 8 and up

“…the most original, mesmerizing, and nakedly daring theatrical experience of the season!” – Urban Milwaukee

“Fresh! Invigorating! Exciting!”- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

“Enchanting,” lovely!” and “evocative!” - Milwaukee Magazine

“A delightful feast for the eyes!” - BroadwayWorld


RUNTIME: 1 hour and 5 minutes with no intermission.

WARNING! The production has haze, loud noises, simulated drinking onstage as well as some suggestive lyrical content.

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Who’s Who

Directors & Designers

Stage Director Jill Anna Ponasik
Music Director Janna Ernst
Choreographer Dani Kuepper
Scenic Designer Lisa Schlenker
Costume Designer Shima Orans
Lighting Designer Jason Fassl**
Assistant Music Director Maggie Rebers
Conductor Benjamin Bedroske
Production Stage Manager Daniel J. Hanson
Dramaturg Daniel J. Brylow
**The Lighting Designer represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829.


Character Actor
Skylight Music Theatre/Milwaukee Opera Theatre Artists Bob Balderson, Laura Basse, Emanuel Camacho, Alaina Carlson, Cecilia Davis, Katie Koester, Jason Martin, Michele Eiche, Brett Sweeney, Tim Rebers, Nathan Wesselowski, Jackie Willis
Chant Claire Artists Jennifer Grokowsky, Sandy Lash, Craig Schaefer, Adam Qutaishat Chant Claire Chamber Choir
Danceworks Performance Company Ryan Cappleman, Julia Edwards, Posy Knight, Elisabeth Roskopf, Zachary Schorsch, Maggie Seer, Christal Wagner
Young Performers Isabel Franco, KyLee Hennes, Landon Martin, Marcia Olson, Lorelei Wesselowski