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'Hunchback of Notre Dame' returns to the Milwaukee Ballet after over a decade

Performances will run from March 23 to 26
Milwaukee Ballet
Posted at 11:22 AM, Mar 07, 2023

MILWAUKEE — For the first time in over a decade, the Milwaukee Ballet will be performing Artistic Director Michael Pink's Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The performances will run from March 23 to 26 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center.

According to a news release, Pink's choreography highlights the dynamics of lust, power, and betrayal that Hugo presents in his work.

“Restaging this ballet after so many years has been invigorating,” says Pink. “It is a serious and difficult work that encompasses the spectrum of human emotion, which showcases both the technical ability and full artistic range of our dancers.”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the story of the ostracized hunchback Quasimodo who provides sanctuary to the beautiful Esmeralda from the men who torment her, like Frollo.

The news release states that Milwaukee Ballet Leading Artists Marize Fumero and Lahna Vanderbush will play the role of Esmeralda opposite Garrett Glassman and Benjamin Simoens as Quasimodo. Davit Hovhannsiyan and Craig Freigang will dance as Frollo.

“Victor Hugo’s narrative world has the complexity and scope of an epic, which is what makes it so challenging and rewarding to create on stage,” says Pink. “Yet its real power comes from its intimacy, from the scenes shared by just three principal characters. They are who really drive this story.”

Tickets can be purchased on the Milwaukee Ballet website.

Joint Beer Fest returns to Eagle Park's Muskego Brewery featuring over a dozen Midwestern breweries

By Jacie Griffith, March 6

MUSKEGO, Wis. — Joint Beer Fest is returning! Hosted by Eagle Park Brewing and Distilling Company, it is Wisconsin's first collaboration beer festival.

This year's fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, and will host over a dozen craft breweries from around the Midwest. It will be featuring one-of-a-kind beers that are created exclusively for the Joint Beer Festival.

The fest will be held at Eagle Park's Muskego Brewery, located at S64 W15640, Commerce Center Parkway, in Muskego.

According to a news release, the lineup of this year's craft brewers includes:

  • 1840 Brewing Company
  • 608 Brewing Company
  • BlackStack Brewing
  • The Brewing Projekt
  • Central Waters
  • Drekker
  • Hop Butcher
  • J Henry & Sons Bourbon
  • Lion's Tale
  • Milwaukee Brewing Company
  • Phase Three
  • Toppling Goliath

More collaborative breweries, DJ performances, a live music lineup of four bands, and vendors will be announced before the event.

Tickets can be purchased on the Eagle Park Brewing website. VIP tickets include early admission at noon and two exclusive barrel-aged collaboration beers. General admission tickets are also available. Both VIP and GA tickets include a mixed 12-ounce six-pack selection from collaborators, unlimited beer samples from a Limed Edition glass, and access to an unlimited buffet of munchie-themed food. Non-beer beverages can be purchased separately. Designated Driver or "I Don't Drink Beer" tickets are also available for a lower price.

According to a news release, a pre-party will be held on Friday, April 21 at the Muskego taproom that will feature exclusive tappings and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Wire & Nail, a honky-tonk rock-and-roll group.

More information can be found on the Eagle Park Brewing Website.

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