Live Soap Opera Carries on UWS Professor's Legacy

By KBJR News 1

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 8:15 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Live radio may be lost on some, but on a hot summer night, it was the perfect form of entertainment.

Members of a Superior theater group unveiled the second episode of their radio Soap Opera, "Twin Ports" Tuesday at the Belknap Lounge.

The live radio soap opera follows the lives of various Twin Ports characters in the dead of winter.

Twin Ports Stage is a new Superior based theater group that formed in honor of John Munsell, a UW–Superior theater professor.

"He was an absolute maniac, but he was a brilliant director," said Victoria Main, Artistic Director of the Twin Ports Stage.

Munsell died in February, and the group made mostly of his alumni, wanted to carry on his love of theater.

They hope to have a stage of their own one day.

"This is our first project, this radio show, but we are working to get a space downtown Superior, we want to be a permanent company so we are really excited," said Main.

Others hope the formation of a theater will enhance the city's artistic side.

"I think it shows one more form of arts that we do on this side of the bridge. We have a really, really, strong art presence and I don't think people are totally aware of that and this is one more way to show case that," said Kay Tenerelli, executive director of the Superior Business Improvement District.

The Soap Opera is performed every other month and is broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio.

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