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Multimedia, Actors
& Live Music

Sun., Jan. 19, 2020
2:30 p.m.

Music Program:
Prokofiev | Symphony No. 5

John DeMain, Conductor
James Ridge, Actor
Colleen Madden, Actor
Marcus Truschinski, Actor
Sarah Day, Actor
Dan Lyons, Piano

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Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 5: Pure Propaganda?

A multimedia presentation starring American Players Theatre actors, visual projections and live musical examples!

Journey into the heart of the music with Beyond the Score®. Prokofiev’s popular Symphony No. 5 was a hit at home and deemed a musical celebration to the end of World War II. Discover how his experiences in America and his return to the Soviet homeland after the war instilled his belief that music should be directed towards the heroic, the beautiful, and the strong. Experience the entire work performed in the second half of the concert with a deeper understanding of the language of the composer — what he wants to express, and how he expresses it.

“This is one of the great offerings of Beyond the Score®. Three generations of great Russian composers influencing Sergei Prokofiev from childhood into his adult years, help him create the most popular of his big symphonies, his fifth. I have so much fun working with the great actors from the American Players Theatre as they interweave with the orchestra. The visuals on this one are spectacular, and we get to play this wonderful symphony for you in its entirety. Simply a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the middle of winter.” – John DeMain

Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®


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About James Ridge
This was the 22nd summer up the hill for James. Past roles include King Berenger,  Cyrano, Iago, Mr. Bennet, Teach, Richard III, Jacques, Touchstone, Shylock, Malvolio, Puck, Charles Dickens, Lickcheese, and Bluntchli. Having played Scrooge for four seasons with CTM, he now directs the translation written by his talented wife, Colleen Madden. He has also worked with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, Forward Theater, Madison Repertory, as well as Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Con Vivo. He and Colleen live a blessed life with their two wonderful boys in Spring Green.

About Colleen Madden
Colleen just concluded her 19th season with APT. Some APT favorites: Beatrice, Kate, Viola, Emilia, Ariel, Isabella, PegeenMike, Sonya, Miss VanHusen, Ruth Condomine, Hannah Jarvis, The Syringa Tree cast, and many others. During her “off-season,” Colleen has appeared in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison theaters, including Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Children’s Theater of Madison and Forward Theater Company, where she recently played Georgie in Heisenberg. You can also see her adaptation of A Christmas Carol this coming winter at Children’s Theater of Madison.

About Marcus Truschinski
This was Marcus’s 16th season in the lovely woods. Past favorite roles include: Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry Carr in Travesties, Biff in Death of a Salesman, Chris Keller in All My Sons, Jim O’Connor in The Glass Menagerie and Angelo in Measure for Measure. He performed his first solo show “Every Brilliant Thing” at Indiana Repertory Theatre and played Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in the inaugural season of Two Crows Theatre in Spring Green in the winter months.

About Sarah Day
Sarah is celebrating her 34th season with American Players Theatre. Last year she appeared in Heartbreak House, Exit the King and Born Yesterday. Since last season, she has had the pleasure of working in Madison, her hometown, with Four Seasons Theatre in Souvenir; Madison Opera in A Little Night Music; and Forward Theater in Aaron Posner’s Life Sucks.


About Dan Lyons
A Chicago native, Dan Lyons holds performance degrees from DePaul University and a doctoral performance degree from UW-Madison. He has performed solo, concerto and chamber recitals throughout the Midwest. His teachers include Dmitry Paperno, Howard Karp and Mary Sauer. He has written on piano compositions of Russian composer and pianist Rodion Shchedrin, focusing on his 24 Preludes & Fugues for piano. In addition to serving as the accompanist and chorus manager for Madison Symphony Chorus, he maintains a private teaching studio and continues to accompany throughout the Madison area. He currently lives in Madison with his wife and three children.



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