Disney magic in La Crosse

Undergraduate research grant sends student to learn from alum at Disney World ahead of “The Arsonists”

Undergraduate research grant sends student to learn from alum at Disney World

UWL junior Sarah Herkert has big plans for the finale of the “The Arsonists,” UWL Theatre Arts department’s upcoming stage show. “The show goes out with a bang,” she says.

Herkert, the show’s lighting designer, found some inspiration in one of the most magical places on Earth – Disney World. Thanks to an undergraduate research grant, she traveled to the parks, spoke with a UWL alumnus who works there and brought ideas back.

Herkert never expected the opportunity to travel to Disney World, but treasures the opportunity, along with other experiences she’s had while at UWL. “I studied abroad, did undergraduate research and get to design shows here,” she says. “Everything here at UWL has been awesome.”

About the show

A dark comedy, The Arsonists, is “comedy with consequences.” It is an ominous tale of a town with an imminent arsonist problem. With the town ablaze, Biedermann, a respected businessman and upstanding member of the community, feels pressure to invite two strangers into his home. He ignores his loved ones loud protests and the multitude of evidence that is right in front of him, refusing to confront the obvious truth…these two guests are the things he fears the most: arsonists.

This comedy will go up in flames on April 20-21 & April 26-28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 & 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts, on the UWL campus.


WHO:  UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts

WHAT: The Arsonists by Max Frisch; new translation by Alistair Beaton

WHEN:  April 20-21 and April 26-28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 and 29, 2018 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

COST:   $18 adults; $16 seniors citizens/non-UWL students; $6 UWL students.  Tickets may be purchased online now at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts.  In person/phone reservations begin April 16 by calling 608-785-8522.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.

CAST:  Carly Boles, Gabe Burdette, John Divney, Morgan Gates, Aaron Hinz, Richard Klinge, Rachel Krause, Sarah Lambert, Grant Latus, Emily Ludewig, Evan Medd, Caitlyn Nettesheim, Megan Roddy, Alexis Violette, Leah Williams