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2018 Season : Dig Deeper

Our thirteenth season invites you to dig deeper, discovering fascinating characters, new ideas, and extraordinary storytelling.  Join us as we look beneath the surface at art, love, family, and feminism.  




HEPHAESTUS: A World Premiere workshop 

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Nathan Fosbinder
June  16-17
Madison Opera Center, 335 W. Mifflin St. 
Tickets on sale May 1, 2018
Directed by Catie O'Donnell

In 2018, MTM begins its first full workshop process of a new musical by Madison native Nathan Fosbinder.  Audiences will see the work in its developmental stages and have the opportunity to share thoughts on the show in preparation for a fully-realized, world premiere production to be staged by MTM in 2019.  Hephaestus tells the story of the oft-forgotten outcast of Greek myths.  He is an artist, blacksmith, and hopeless romantic, desperate for the love of Aphrodite, yet facing epic hurdles to win her affections. 

At this staged workshop performance, audiences will see the musical in its early stages, view costume and set renderings, explore vision boards, hear early demos, and offer their feedback, which will feed into the creation of the final product. 


Music and Lyrics by William Finn.  Book by James Lapine

August 17-25

Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union, 800 Langdon St. 

Tickets on sale July 2, 2018

Directed by Meghan Randolph

The Hoover family is having some issues.  Dad’s a struggling entrepreneur. Mom’s trying to pay the bills. Uncle Frank has lost his lover and his job. Grandpa got kicked out of the retirement home. And teenage Dwayne hasn’t spoken in three months.  But when quirky, 8-year-old Olive is a finalist in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, they attempt to put their troubles aside, climbing into a dilapidated van and driving cross country to get her to the competition.  Based on the 2006 Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a hilarious, heartfelt tale about self-acceptance, true beauty, and what it means to be a winner.


Fall 2018
Various locations around Dane County
Directed by Wendy Jones Hill

Girl power, musical theatre style! Celebrate the chicks that make musicals what they are! In this extraordinary evening, we’ll look beyond the ingenue at musical theatre pieces that empower and unite female characters. Friendships, relationships, motherhood, objectification, self-image, the's all on the table.  This concert will feature a variety of pieces performed by talented female-identified artists in numerous mediums. 

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