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Skylight Music Theatre Presents Free Screening of Documentary 'South'

Features Film Footage of Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Saturday, January 29 at 3:45 p.m.

Presented in Conjunction with Skylight’s Musical Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Milwaukee, Wis. (January 20, 2022) – Skylight Music Theatre will present a rare opportunity to see the documentary South, made up of actual film footage of Ernest Shackleton’s doomed Trans-Antarctic Expedition from 1914-1917 on his ship, The Endurance.

Daring Australian photographer Frank Hurley captured the journey from start to finish, including key moments such as the triumphant sendoff of the 28-member crew and 70 dogs on board, The Endurance becoming stuck in ice, the ship’s eventual collapse, and the men’s miraculous rescue after nearly two years adrift.

“This spectacular footage, taken over 100 years ago, offers an extraordinary perspective of the fateful expedition and is an exciting companion piece to Skylight’s upcoming production of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me,” said Michael Unger, Skylight Music Theatre Artistic Director. Ernest Shackleton Loves Me runs January 21 through Feb. 6 at Skylight Music Theatre.

Box Office & Health & Safety Information

The free screening of South will be Saturday, January 29 at 3:45 p.m. between the 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. performances of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me at Skylight Music Theatre in the beautiful Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Safety requirements are in effect, including masks while indoors and proof of vaccination or negative Covid test.

The screening is free, but registration is required here or visit Skylight’s website Space is limited. Skylight is encouraging donations to help continue bringing one-of-a-kind programming to the community. Donations can be made here or visit .

Screening length: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Screening permission courtesy of the British Film Institute


About “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me”

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me won the Best New Musical of the 2017 Off-Broadway Alliance Awards. Skylight’s production will be the first time the show is presented in the Midwest. With ingenuity, modern pop music, and cutting-edge video, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is a romantic adventure linking a struggling modern-day, single-mom composer/violinist and the early-1900’s, intrepid, banjo-playing, Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Digital projections of actual footage from Shackleton's expeditions are incorporated into the multimedia set design. The musical is directed by Jill Anna Ponasik.

Skylight Music Theatre is Milwaukee’s professional Equity music theatre company.

For more information visit, email or call the Box Office at (414) 291-7800.


Purchase $5 parking vouchers from the Broadway Theatre Center Box office for use in the Historic Third Ward parking garage at 212 N. Milwaukee Street (one block east and one block north). Vouchers are valid between 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. for evening performances. Matinee vouchers are valid 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Not valid for Wednesday matinees. Voucher sales stop 30 minutes before showtime. No refunds.

Meter parking is available on the street (free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays).

Health & Safety Protocols

Skylight Music Theatre has joined other Milwaukee performing arts organizations in requiring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours of performance for all audience members ages 12 and up. In addition, Skylight requires audiences to be masked at all times while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. For up-to-date information, please visit

Skylight Music Theatre

Skylight Music Theatre is a proud Cornerstone Member of the United Performing Arts Fund.

Founded in 1959, Skylight is Milwaukee’s professional Equity music theatre company and the largest employer of Wisconsin actors in the state. Skylight produces the full spectrum of music theatre ranging from blockbuster Broadway musicals to reimagined operas, and from exciting world premieres to contemporary off-Broadway hits. Skylight’s mainstage home is the Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center, which was built by Skylight in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward in 1992. Considered to be one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful theatres, the Cabot Theatre is based on the design of an 18th-century French opera house. With just 350 seats it offers audiences great views of the action onstage. Skylight Music Theatre marks its 62nd season in 2021-2022.

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