2017-2018 Performing Arts Season Announcement

FOR RELEASE
May 15, 2017

More than 50 Broadway musicals, beloved children’s performances, comedic icons and more take to the Weidner Center stage for 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season

A (PAW) patrol, a princess and some boys from the Jersey Shore will all grace the Weidner Center for the Performing Art’s stage during the 2017-2018 season. And that’s just the beginning. The center’s 2017-2018 line-up, announced June 21 at the Weidner Center, includes more than 50 performances and sets the stage for a season that rings true to the premiere performing art center’s mission.

“The Weidner is a unique venue in Northeast Wisconsin, with a dual mission to enrich our community and the academic experience of students on campus,” noted University Provost Gregory Davis at the season announcement. “Our distinction is one we savor. We are constantly looking for ways to blend the educational mission of the University with our commitment to the community. The 2017-2018 Weidner Season does just that in some very exciting ways.”

According to Weidner Center Programming Manager Stephanie Maufort, the robust 2017-2018 performance calendar demonstrates the Weidner’s enduring commitment to bringing sought-after national performing artists to the area with a promise to grow the musicians, actors and set designers of tomorrow. “In this prequel year to our 25th anniversary, we’re focusing on our roots with a renewed focus on bringing together community, university and beyond.” The season line-up includes:

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!
Sunday, August 6, 2017 • 7:00pm (Single ticket sales available now)

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Friday, October 13, 2017 •  7:30pm

Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise!
Friday, November 10, 2017 •  6:00pm (Single ticket sales available now)

Holiday Pops
Friday, December 8, 2017  • 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 • 2:30pm

Doctors in Recital
Saturday, January 20, 2018 • 7:00pm

Jerry Seinfeld
Friday, January 26, 2018 • 7:00pm

Jazz Fest 48 starring Janet Planet and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, January 27, 2018 • 7:00pm

PAW Patrol Live!
Saturday, February 17, 2018  10:00am & 2:00pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018   10:00am & 2:00pm

Riverdance 20 Years
Tuesday, February 20, 2018   7:30pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018  7:30pm

Gobsmacked! The A Cappella Musical
Sunday, February 25, 2018  3:00pm

Brian Henson presents: Puppet Up: Uncensored
Friday, March 9, 2018   7:30pm

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Saturday, March 31, 2018  2:00pm & 7:30pm

UW-Green Bay Music and The Civic Symphony of Green Bay present Verdi’s Requiem
Sunday, April 15, 2018  3:00pm

Jersey Boys
Sunday, April 22, 2018 3:00pm & 8:00pm

University Music and Theatre Unveil Dynamic Programs

UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre also unveiled their upcoming season schedules during the event. The Music season includes Jazz Fest 48 (the longest running jazz festival in Wisconsin), Verdi’s Requiem (in collaboration with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay), and dozens of other performances by UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff.

“We’re thrilled to give students so many performance opportunities during the year while bringing great variety to the local arts scene,” says Randy Meder, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Music program. “The opportunity to perform in one of the most acoustically amazing concert halls in the Midwest is, for many of our students, the highlight of their college careers.”

Meder noted that the University will also host the American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition October 13-15, 2017, featuring some of the most talented up-and-coming vocalists from around the world.

UW-Green Bay’s Theatre and Dance, a seven-time recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Region III American College Theatre Festival’s company award for professionalism and safety, remains under the direction of University Theatre Professor Jeff Entwistle. University students are coming to the stage in Legally Blonde: The Musical; the highly popular Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson (the most produced living playwriting in America); and Danceworks, a celebration of dance in concert of faculty and student choreography, among others.

“Our 2017-18 season is giving our students great opportunities with the works of great playwrights,” Entwistle said. “We believe every Theatre and Dance season is special; and this one is going to be thought provoking, hilarious, and spectacular for students and the community alike.”

Tickets

Weidner Center 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season tickets are currently on sale via subscription through July 16, 2017. To become a Weidner subscriber, simply select three or more Weidner Center events. Subscribers have the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price on July 20 when single tickets go on sale to the general public. You can place your subscription order online at WeidnerCenter.com, by calling 800-895-0071 or in person at all Ticket Star locations. Groups of 10 or more can order now by calling Ticket Star at 920-405-1249. Single tickets go on sale to the general public July 20, 2017, at 11am. All ticketing information is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

Special show items to note: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! and Peppa Pig Live! are on sale now. Weidner Center Subscribers will receive special presale access for PAW Patrol Live! before single tickets go on sale in September. Tickets for the University Music and Theatre Season go on sale in September.

2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Music Season

OCTOBER 2017

13-15  American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition
Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center – Free Admission
Preliminaries: Friday, October 13, 10am
Semi-Finals: Saturday, October 14, 10am
Finals: Sunday, October 15, 10am
17  Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band
21  Concert Choir & University Singers

NOVEMBER 2017

21   Jazz Ensembles*

DECEMBER 2017

1  Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band
5  Concert Choir & University Singers
12 Chamber Ensembles

JANUARY 2018

27  Jazz Fest 48 starring Janet Planet and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra

FEBRUARY 2018

10  Annual Honors Recital

MARCH 2018

Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band
7  Concert Choir & University Singers
8  Jazz Ensembles*

 APRIL 2018

15  UW-Green Bay Music and The Civic Symphony of Green Bay present Verdi’s Requiem
20-21 Opera Workshop
25 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band

MAY 2018

Chamber Ensembles*
Jazz Ensembles*

 * Event held in University Theatre in the UW-Green Bay Theatre Hall building

THE 6:30 CONCERT SERIES
The 6:30 Concert Series is an innovative performance series designed to connect the campus and surrounding communities with music in a deeper way. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers, and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse musical styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. The focus of the 2017-2018 series is the adventurous musicianship of the UW-Green Bay Music faculty. All performances begin at 6:30pm, last between 60 and 90 minutes, and are free and open to the public. Visit www.UWGB.com/music in September for full schedule.

2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Theatre Season

No Exit
October 12, 13, 14 and October 18, 19, 20, 21, 2017

Legally Blonde: The Musical
November 16, 17, 18, 2017

Wonder of the World
February 22, 23, 24, 28 and March 1, 2, 3, 2018

Danceworks
April 7, 8, 2018

Silent Sky
April 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018