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St. Norbert College Music Theatre Announces Summer 2020 Season

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From St. Norbert College, February 24, 2020
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College (SNC) Music Theatre will present two epic rock concept-album inspired musicals this summer: “Chess” and “The Who’s Tommy.” Both productions will be performed at the Walter Theatre on the St. Norbert College campus.

Summer Stage, a production featuring performers of all ages, will present “Chess” June 11-17. Next Stage, featuring talented students from more than 20 high schools, will present “The Who’s Tommy” August 13-16.

Upcoming dates for both productions include:

Auditions for principle and ensemble roles in “Chess” will be held April 3-6.
Pit orchestra auditions for “The Who’s Tommy” will be held May 13 and 14.
Cast and crew auditions for “The Who’s Tommy” will be held May 18-20.

More show and audition info will be announced in coming weeks at, and on and

About the Musicals

SNC Music Theatre " Summer Stage presents “Chess.” Set against a backdrop of U.S.-Soviet tensions at the height of the Cold War, “Chess” is a gripping tale of conflicted love taking place in the glare of a media frenzy surrounding an international chess tournament. The riveting score by the ABBA songwriting team of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (“Mamma Mia!”) and lyrics by Tim Rice (“Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Lion King”), highlight personal drama, intrigues and strategies that are worthy of the game itself. Powerful and familiar songs draw audiences center stage as the American Grand Master, the Soviet Champion and the woman torn between them hurtle toward an unpredictable end game. Music is by Andersson and Ulvaeus, with lyrics by Rice; based on an idea by Rice.

SNC Music Theatre " Next Stage presents “The Who’s Tommy.” Based on the iconic 1969 album from legendary rock band The Who, this musical is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. Musical theatre and rock and roll come together in unimaginable ways to guide audiences through a timeless journey. This five-time Tony Award-winning one-of-a-kind musical tells the story of the pinball-playing boy who triumphs over adversity. The rock opera “Tommy,” which was first performed by The Who in 1969, was originally conceived by Peter Townshend and Kit Lambert, with contributions by John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Roger Daltry.

“Chess” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals ( “The Who’s Tommy” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) (

SNC Music Theatre - Summer Stage will also produce Tony-award winning musical “Something Rotten!” in July 2021. Based in the Renaissance era, this comedy follows two brothers and their struggle to compete with Shakespeare's theatrical genius and widespread popularity. The book for “Something Rotten” is written by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, with music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. Originally conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick. “Something Rotten!” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

SNC Music Theatre is made up of two unique productions, Summer Stage and Next Stage, each with its own mission. Summer Stage productions aim to inspire, celebrate and develop greater understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. Next Stage productions provide high school-aged students in northeast Wisconsin with college-level training and practical experience in musical theatre production.

To learn more about St. Norbert College Music Theatre’s mission and vision, visit

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