"The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux" will run Nov. 3-26 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
According to productions director Beth Reidenbach, Phipps theater productions have a tradition of displaying great visual effects. "Dance numbers are beautifully choreographed, and the scenic and lighting designs result in an expertly coordinated set that enhances the action on the stage," said Reidenbach. "There is a reason for the professional look of the set, lighting and dance elements in our productions, and our revival of 'The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux' is a perfect example."
This time around, professional choreographer Melissa Huber has joined the effort.
She is a familiar face at The Phipps Center as a teacher, dancer and choreographer since 2002. Huber has choreographed a number of productions, including "Grease," "Peter Pan," "Narnia," "Wind in the Willows" and "Dances, Chances, Circumstances" at The Phipps as well as productions throughout the Twin Cities area and Wisconsin. She also performs as a professional dancer.
She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater and a bachelor of arts degree in dance from UW-Stevens Point. "With Melissa's talent and creative ability, our audience will be treated to new and improved dance numbers in our return production. Melissa has the amazing ability to make almost everyone look like a dancer," said Reidenbach.
Reidenbach also praises the talents of Jeff Hile and Mark Koski. Hile is a familiar designer at The Phipps, where he has worked on "Peter Pan," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sleeping Beauty," "Romeo and Juliet," "Godspell," "Alice in Wonderland," "Aladdin" and "It's a Scream."
In addition to scenic design, Hile's artwork has been displayed in The Galleries. His college study took place at the UW-Barron Center campus, UW-La Crosse and graduate work at the U of M-Minneapolis.
Koski is a familiar face at The Phipps both on stage and behind it. He is the technical director for The Phipps, but also an accomplished actor, having recently appeared in "Driving Miss Daisy." His other performances at The Phipps include "A Christmas Carol" and "Guys and Dolls." Scenic designs at The Phipps include "Guys and Dolls," "45 Seconds from Broadway," "Broadway Bound," "The Odd Couple" and "Over the River and Through the Woods." He was lighting designer for "Grease," "Pinocchio" and "Peter Pan."
Recently, he had his first show copyrighted, "Aida," by working with a Pennsylvania company called Scenographics. He has also worked on other productions in California, Pennsylvania and Minnesota.
He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from North Dakota State University and a master of fine arts in design from the University of Minnesota.
Performances are Nov. 3-25 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. as well as Sundays, Nov. 12 and 26, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $13 for all students with a current ID, with a $2 discount for the opening weekend, and a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Discounts are also available by purchasing season tickets. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or www.ThePhipps.org.