Maureen Connors Badding arrived in Wauwatosa 22 years ago via Buffalo and Phoenix. She's a freelance writer and habitual volunteer who enjoys book clubs, travel, entertaining and cheering for her daughter's swim team.
If you don't have plans for Friday or Saturday night (November 21 or 22), call Wauwatosa East NOW at 773-2004 to order your tickets for Little Shop of Horrors. Go ahead, I'll wait.
It's that good.
I have yet to see a Tosa East musical I didn't like, and Little Shop is one of their best. The singing is amazing, the acting is great, the pit rocks and the turntable set makes for fast, seamless scene changes. It was an added delight for me to see kids I've known since they were in sixth grade (and in some cases, kindergarten) turn into consummate actors and technicians before my eyes.
I was part of a small crowd that passed up the Packers/Bears game on Sunday to attend the play, but I'd love to see the house packed this weekend. Do leave the little ones at home, though. The play features a sadistic dentist and a plant with a serious eating disorder and bad attitude.
I've said it before, but it's worth repeating. Our high school theater departments and sports teams offer the best entertainment values in Tosa. No, make that Milwaukee. Here's a great opportunity to take advantage of professional quality theater in your own neighborhood.
What's in the Wauwatosa water supply that creates such theatrically talented kids? For at least 10 years, our family has been attending plays and musicals at Tosa East (and, more recently, at Tosa West) and we've yet to see a bad performance. The acting, singing, dancing, sets and costumes are among the best you'd expect to find in local community theater. And that's exactly how we've come to view Tosa East productions — as community theater, not just high school theater — because year after year, these kids produce a quality show that the whole town can enjoy.