Face of the Young: Auditorium welcomes new season with John McGivern

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Ann Fiore
Thursday, June 27, 2013


Milwaukee actor-comedian John McGivern calls UW-Whitewater's Young Auditorium a "jewel" in our backyard.

The acoustics are "brilliant," he says.

Director Ken Kohberger knows want audiences want, he adds.

"I was thrilled that they called and asked," McGivern said, referring to the day this spring when Young Auditorium officials asked him to become their spokesman, starting with the 2013-14 season.

The Young is opening individual ticket sales to the public Friday, June 28-a little earlier than usual.

This year's theme is "Come Be Amazed," and Young officials believe that best describes a season that features everything from contemporary dance company Momix, to the musical "Memphis," to the naughty comedy "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody."

Even without this new gig, McGivern already has a lot going on.

An Emmy Award-winning actor, he has built his career telling stories about his Irish Catholic childhood in Milwaukee. He also does radio spots, is a corporate speaker, manages multiple condo units in Milwaukee and hosts the units in Milwaukee and hosts the popular "Around the Corner with John McGivern" on public television.

Patrons of Young Auditorium might remember seeing McGivern recently. His last performance there was in mid-April, as the Stage Manager in the Thornton Wilder play "Our Town."

McGivern said he'll have a presence on the radio and in newspapers as the new season gets underway.

He'll also attend select shows to welcome the audience.

If you miss those chances to see him, he'll be back April 25 for another one-man show, "Summer Stories."

McGivern said he's had nothing but positive experiences at the Young Auditorium.

"What they do and the kind of respect they give to the community needs to be looked at and applauded," he said.

"Ken (Kohberger) has a good sense of what people are looking for. If people haven't been there, they should check it out. It's really a jewel in their own backyard."

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