This past Friday night saw the opening of UW-Parkside’s second show in its 2010-2011 season.
Censored On Final Approach, written by Milwaukee playwright Phyllis Ravel, opened Friday night with a sold out house.
Censored tells the story of four Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and their journey into flying high in the sky. While facing discrimination all the way, these women left their past lives behind to fly for their country. This historical drama is set in the period of World War II, and holds many instances of truth, even though most the characters serve as composites of the real people. One figure remains accurate. Actress Maddie Wakely portrays Jaquline Cochran, the woman responsible for putting females into the sky. “Playing Jackie has been a challenge. In doing my research, I found that she was filled with so many little surprises, and my job is to bring those surprises to the surface; to inform the audience of who she was as a person,” says Wakely in speaking about her role.
All of the actors in this particular cast were charged with one primary duty when entering rehearsal: Research, Research, Research. In order to grasp an accurate feeling and taste of the period, and what pressures these women faced, research was a definite necessity. From the smallest role to the biggest, it was essential that each actor understood the tension of the subject. Not to mention that it was dire that each actor knew what mannerisms, etiquette, and the quality of life that was popular at this time. Guest Director Jenny Kostreva talks about her vision of the cast. “It doesn’t matter how big of a role you have in this production. Each character contributes to the collective breathe of the piece. Together, as an ensemble cast, we breathe one collective breath. Each character has a development from beginning to end, and it’s vitally important that we understand our individual journeys throughout the piece.” As a result, research was a huge attribute to the rehearsal process.
As the run continues, the actors are excited to share with the audience a glimpse of history that seems to have been kept secret. The WASPs of the period can attest to that. It wasn’t until recently that the WASPs of World War II were recognized for their accomplishments during the war. This bit of history revealed surprises many.
Censored on Final Approach is presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11; 1 p.m. Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. Dec. 10. Tickets cost $7 for students! They can be purchased by calling (262) 595-2564, or at the Communication Arts box office upon arrival. Fly high with the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II and discover the hidden truths of their discrimination at Camp Davis! This is a piece of history you don’t want to pass up!
Article by Bobby Johnson