MARINETTE — UW-Marinette Children’s Theatre will present “Crumpled Classics” by Craig Sodaro, directed by Brittany Welch and technical director Dave Hendrick, at 750 W. Bay Shore St., Feb. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and  Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
With first-year teacher Ms. Collins out sick, a quirky cadre of students take it upon themselves to pull together the school’s annual “Classics on Parade,” acting out famous stories that they studied in their literature class. The students, however, decide to make the stories relevant to today’s audiences, with hilarious results. The authors are surely rolling over in their graves and Ms. Collins is terrified of losing her job, especially when the principal calls the superintendent in the middle of the show.
The cast includes from Blesch Intermediate: Logan Ayers, Blake Bourion, Jasmine Grotto, Andrea LeBoeuf, Alex Meyers, Ozzie Nykanen, Isaiah Peterson, Baylee Zuraski and Henry Zuehls; Central Elementary: Killian Meyers and Daniel Zuehls; Coleman schools: Millie Kosir; Garfield Elementary: James Grandaw; Homeschool: Eddie Dewitt; John Paul II: Rae Leann Black; Marinette High School: Victoria Brumm, Hannah Fields and Jessica Weiss; Marinette Middle School: Madison Arneson, Kaylee Behrendt, Gabe Behrendt, Wyatt Evancheck, Elliot Fields, Anna Grandaw, Dylan Grandaw, Charlie Rowell, Kate Schwaba and Connor Whisler; Menominee Junior High: Jacob Johnson and Madelyn Zelm; Menominee High School: Ashlynn Pattison; Park Elementary: Andie Rasmussen; Peshtigo Elementary: Alaina Archambault, Maysen Brissette, Camyrn Brissette, Lilah Lamal, Laurana Mines, Jasmine Slawinski, Trent Vandewalle and Grant Vandewalle; Peshtigo Middle/High: Maggie Fernandez, Marin Fernandez, Emily Halfmann, Lauren Halfmann, Morgan Nicklaus and Salsabeel Salem; St. Thomas Aquinas Academy: Bryeli Smith and Karah Nelson.
Additional staff includes lighting design by Chris Weber; costume design by Dana Sulk; stage manager is Marie Arnold; program design by Michelle Nelson; ticket sales, Rena Schwartz and parent volunteer coordinators Michelle Rowell and Johanna Zuehls.
The University of Wisconsin Continuing Education and Extension offers Children’s Theatre opportunities for children ages 6 to 18 to participate in theatrical productions. Since 1993, well known plays such as “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Into the Woods,” “Hansel and Gretel” and “Beauty and the Beast” have given children the experience to be part of a live, theatrical production. For more information and to purchase tickets, persons may visit www.marinette.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/theatre.