Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Tour – August 6!

FOR RELEASE
May 15, 2017

For the first time ever, join Joel Hodgson, creator of the critically acclaimed “Mystery Science Theater 3000” TV show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as they bring the first live touring production of “MST3K” to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7pm for the “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour.

Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow (Hampton Yount), Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be “MST3K” without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt), checking up on their unwilling test subjects via a video screen.

The tour consists of two separate, completely unique shows, each with its own admission. Fans wanting the complete tour experience should purchase two tickets, one for each show. Each event will include all the things expected from an “MST3K” experience: a cheesy B-movie, hilarious riffing, wisecracking robots, silly sketches, plus – for the first time – audience participation! Show # 1 is the MST3K favorite “Eegah,” featuring all-new riffs and sketches.  Show # 2 is a “Secret Surprise Film!” It’s a fun, sci-fi thriller never before featured on “MST3K” and it will be performed only in select cities. The Weidner Center tour stop will feature show #1, “Eegah,” on August 6, 2017 at 7pm.

Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, the new season of the show launched on April 14, 2017, exclusively on Netflix. The two live shows are written by the cast and writers of the new Netflix Original Series, which has earned a critics’ rating of 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.. The New York Times hails, “At last, a revival of something actually worth reviving… a different cast but the same outlook and style — and mercifully, the same reliable, giddy humor.”  “MST3K is just as hilarious as ever in rebooted form, turning its bemused eye on old, schlocky fare for some good, old-fashioned riffing,” raves Vanity Fair. And Nerdist says “The references are updated, the sets are snazzier, but the heart and soul of MST3K certainly remains intact.”

Tickets for “MST3K” “Watch Out for Snakes!” North American tour dates will go on sale to the public Friday, May 19 at noon local time via AXS.com and available through WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071, or at all Ticket Star locations. Please note where there are multiple performances in a single market, each event is ticketed SEPARATELY.

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HISTORY OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: For almost 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been known as one of the top cult TV shows of all time. The story of a human host and his robot sidekicks trapped aboard a satellite and forced to watch cheesy movies by their captor, MST3K has maintained its reputation thanks to its fervently devoted fan base, known as MSTies.

Created by Joel Hodgson, the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Set on the Satellite of Love, the series follows a hapless host trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, who is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a lively movie theater peanut gallery.

MST3K’s national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson.  When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its ten seasons and 197 episodes on the Comedy Channel and later, the Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Primetime Emmy® nominations.

In late 2015, Shout! Factory and creator Joel Hodgson formed a new partnership known as Satellite of Love LLC, to acquire the global IP rights to MST3K with the aim of producing new episodes and managing and developing the IP in other areas. The highly successful Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K, spearheaded by Shout! Factory and Hodgson surpassed its goal by funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. The new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted as a Netflix Original Series on April 14th, 2017.

PRESS CONTACT: Sheila Kenny, Right On! PR / (512) 487-5005 / Sheila@rightonpr.com

Surprise! Brand New PEPPA PIG LIVE Show Coming to Green Bay on November 10!

FOR RELEASE:
March 7, 2017

Surprise, Peppa Pig fans! A brand new, live stage show announced today ensures Peppa Pig will be touring North America through 2017 and beyond. Peppa Pig’s Surprise will visit more than 60 cities, stopping by the WEIDNER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS on NOVEMBER 10. The Peppa Pig stage show, based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing daily on Nick Jr., is one of the most successful family theater tours in U.S. history. One hundred twenty five venues have completely sold out with 300,000 tickets sold in the U.S. to date.

Tickets will be available at WeidnerCenter.com, by calling 1-800-895-0071 or in person at TicketStar.  VIP packages that include a meet and greet are available starting Tuesday, March 7 at 12 Noon local timeTickets will go on-sale to the public beginning Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. local time.

In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, many surprises. The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, interactive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. The fun-filled show brings the hit TV series to life on stage, giving families the opportunity to engage with their favorite characters like never before in an unforgettable first live theater experience.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theater show for all preschoolers,” said Director Richard Lewis, who returns to adapt episodes from the hit TV show for stage as he did with the touring smash hit Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. “It’s been an incredible experience seeing the children’s reactions to the live stage show. It just confirms that Peppa Pig really is a worldwide phenomenon.”

“Audience response has been overwhelmingly positive to the first tour and we look forward to bringing Peppa’s story to life on stage once again with a whole new adventure,” said Jonathan Shank, Executive Producer, Red Light Management. “Kids love interacting with these characters on stage.”

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.peppapigliveus.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Show Credits:

  • Directed by Richard Lewis
  • Composer Mani Svavarsson
  • Matt Lewis is lyricist
  • Simon Scullion is designer
  • Andy Booth is music director
  • Produced by Red Light Management, Fiery Angel and eOne

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.

www.entertainmentone.com

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Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience – Sunday, April 2, 2017

FOR RELEASE:
October 14, 2016

Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:30PM. Theresa will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way. Tickets go on-sale Friday, December 16 at 11:00AM and can be purchased at www.WeidnerCenter.com, 1-800-895-0071, or any Ticket Star location. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.  

“The Experience” brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans, as she lets spirit guide her through the audience. A video display ensures everyone in the venue has an up-close-hands-on experience regardless of seat location. “The experience isn’t about believing in mediums. It’s about witnessing something life-changing” says Theresa Caputo. “It’s like Long Island Medium live, witnessing first-hand spirit communication.”

The highly-rated show Long Island Medium follows Theresa’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference…she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time, which lead to spontaneous readings with those she encounters. The new season of Long Island Medium is scheduled to premiere Sunday, February 19, 2017 on TLC.

Theresa has appeared on such programs as “Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Fallon,” “Steve Harvey,” “Live with Kelly and Michael,” “Dr. Oz,” & “The Today Show.” Theresa’s second book titled “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” was released in September 2014 and debuted at #9 on the NY Times Best Seller List. Her first book titled “There’s More to Life Than This” debuted in the fall of 2013.

Theresa has been a practicing medium for over 15 years. She helps individuals find closure by delivering healing messages. For Theresa, this is not just her job… this is her life. Learn more about Theresa at theresacaputo.com.

For photos & interviews: contact: Deborah Mann at 518-306-4333 or deborah.mann@millsentertainment.com

Date Change for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

FOR RELEASE:
October 14, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Due to a change in tour routing, the date of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical had to be adjusted. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, originally scheduled for November 29, 2016, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 7:30pm.

The most famous reindeer of all from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.  Following two successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas.  The national tour – a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an “utterly charming, top-notch production” – visits more than 50 North American cities this holiday season.

All ticket holders will be notified of the date change. Current tickets will be honored for the new performance date. Patrons wishing to receive new tickets or request a refund should return tickets no later than October 28, 2016, by mail or in person to: Ticket Star, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay, WI 54304. Ticket Star is open Monday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm. Please also feel free to call with any questions you may have at 1-800-895-0071.

Tim Hawkins Returns by Popular Demand on February 24

FOR RELEASE:
October 12, 2016

(De Pere, WI) – Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With over 300 million video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions.

Tim returns to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30pm with an all-new show. Tickets are available Friday, October 14 at 12pm at highgearpromotions.com, 800.895.0071, and through all Ticket Star locations.

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted – the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

And while his stand-up is riotous, fans are often more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim’s hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Cletus Take The Reel, and The Government Can. Above all, Tim reminds us that for life’s many trials, laughter is our best medicine – especially when the Prozac runs out. Bring the whole family out and join Tim this winter as he makes his highly anticipated return to Weidner Center on February 24th.

Media inquiries for interviews, photos, and/or additional information, please contact Patrick Gear at 920.241.0099 or email at hgpromotions@new.rr.com.

John Cleese Live On Stage Coming January 23!

FOR RELEASE:
September 19, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – John Cleese Live on Stage for Conversations and Q&A after a screeing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Weidner Center. Absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available which include a photo opportunity with John. Tickets start at $59 (plus applicable fees, 8 ticket limit per order) and go on-sale Friday, September 23 at 11am at WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071, or at Ticket Star.***

John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.

Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a lifetime evening. Produced by The Backlot Project.

***Coconuts NOT included in the ticket price.

About John Cleese
On the small screen, John Cleese is known for his work on programs such as “Cheers,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Will & Grace,” and the Emmy®-nominated TLC documentary “The Human Face with John Cleese.” His film credits include Silverado, The Out-of-Towners, Rat Race and Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein. He also co-authored two best-selling books on psychology – Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It – and served briefly as Minister of Defense in the John Major Cabinet. He recently completed his autobiography So, Anyway… which was described by the Daily Mail as “self-obsessed.” In his twilight years, John passes his time writing film scripts, giving speeches to business audiences, doing seminars on creativity, teaching at Cornell, paying alimony, and doting on three huge cats and a fish.

About The Backlot Project
Created by Mills Entertainment, The Backlot Project brings the most beloved stars of television and film from the screen to an exciting and intimate live setting. Each Backlot Project is interactive and takes audiences behind the scenes as the brightest stars engage in a tell-all conversation with the talents that brought their favorite moments in entertainment to life.

About Mills Entertainment
Mills Entertainment is a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment. Mills collaborates with top brands and personalities to develop, market, and produce live events throughout the US and worldwide. Current projects include Mel Brooks: A Hilarious Live Conversation, Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, Dolan Twins 4OU Tour, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live, Cesar Millan Live and many more. www.millsentertainment.com

Rick Springfield & Richard Marx “One Night Only” Just Announced

FOR RELEASE:
August 15, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Two incredible performers, 3 decades of hits, one night only. Rick Springfield and Richard Marx join forces to bring their catalogues of hits to Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay, WI on Saturday, October 29, performing full solo acoustic sets by both artists. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, August 19 at 11:00 am and can be purchased at the Ticket Star box office at the Resch Center, Ticketstaronline.com or charge by phone at 800-895-0071.

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer; the creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash and gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective. In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he first arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971.

As a performer, Grammy winning singer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had numerous highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including chart-topping hits “Hold On To the Nights”, “Don’t Mean Nothing”, “Satisfied”, “Right Here Waiting”, “Keep Coming Back”, “Hazard” and #1 AC hit “Now And Forever”. When both Rush Street and Paid Vacation albums went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

Rescheduled Date for Lily Tomlin

FOR RELEASE:
July 26, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Lily Tomlin’s hit Netflix show, Grace and Frankie, has been renewed for another season and, as a result, Ms. Tomlin needs to reschedule a few of her live performance dates to accommodate the filming schedule. An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, originally scheduled for March 24, 2017, has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30pm.

All ticket holders will be notified of the date change. Current tickets will be honored for the new performance date. Patrons wishing to receive new tickets or request a refund should then return tickets no later than August 31, 2016 by mail or in person to: Ticket Star, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay, WI 54304. Ticket Star is open Monday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm. Please also feel free to call them with any questions you may have at 1-800-895-0071.

Tickets for An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin and the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select three or more of the Performing Arts Season events listed above to qualify as a subscriber. Single tickets for An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin and the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season will go on sale Friday, July 29 at 11 am.

Rockin’ Road To Dublin on Sale Thursday, July 21 at 11am

FOR RELEASE:
July 18, 2016

Green Bay, WI – On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 the new sensation changing the Irish Dance world, Rockin’ Road To Dublin, comes to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Green Bay at 7:30pm.  Created by the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance Scott Doherty and worldwide touring Irish musician Chris Smith, Rockin’ Road is the new generation of Irish music and dance.  A fusion of rock and Irish, Rockin’ Road combines the best of both worlds to thrust Irish Dance back into the spotlight.  This stylish, can’t-miss spectacle is the perfect balance between concert and stage show.  Come be part of history as Rockin’ Road to Dublin redefines Irish Dance during its first national tour.

RockinRoad to Dublin is that all-important one-two punch of style and mastery… the cast exudes a fabulous mix of charisma and personality. However, the fun vibe is solidly backed by the highly original choreography and technical mastery of every performer onstage; world-class, although this crew is making it all look easy. Scott and Chris have made some magic here.” – Irish Dance Magazine

Tickets for Rockin’ Road To Dublin start at $25 and can be purchased 800-895-0071, online at WeinderCenter.com or in person at all Ticket Star locations.  For more information, please call 800-895-0071.

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Unveils its 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season

FOR RELEASE:
June 15, 2016 – 1:00pm

Green Bay, WI – The Weidner Center takes pride in programming a variety of shows and serves as a destination venue for experiencing concerts, dance, legendary acts, comedy, Broadway, family fare and so much more. The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season builds on the programming successes of recent seasons. UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced its new season Wednesday, June 15 during a special event for patrons, friends and the campus community.

The season starts on Saturday, October 15 with, one of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, An Evening with Garrison Keillor. Highlights of the season include the four-time 2013 Tony® Award-Winner Pippin, Ailey II the next generation of dance, “Leapin’ Lizards!” the world’s best-loved musical Annie is back, and the unforgettable classic comedy of Lily Tomlin. Whether it is date night, a girls’ night out, or together for a little family time, the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season has an event for you.

The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

  • An Evening with Garrison Keillor – Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm
  • Ailey II – Saturday, October 22, 7:30pm
  • Daniel O’Donnell Live in Concert – Tuesday, October 25 & Wednesday, October 26, 7:00pm
  • Take 6 & The Manhattan Transfer present THE SUMMIT – Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm
  • Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical – Friday, November 11, 7:30pm
  • Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway – Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
  • The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra – Saturday, November 19, 7:30pm
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Tuesday, November 29, 7:30pm
  • Holiday Pops! – Friday, December 9, 7:30pm & Saturday, December 10, 2:30pm
  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker – Monday, December 12, 7:30pm
  • The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays – Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Hits & Christmas – Monday, December 19, 7:30pm
  • Doctors In Recital – Saturday, January 21, 7:00pm
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! – Friday, February 10, 7:00pm
  • Annie – Tuesday, February 14, 7:30pm
  • Odd Squad Live! – Sunday, March 5, 3:00pm
  • Black Violin – Sunday, March 12, 7:30pm
  • An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin – Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
  • Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – Friday, March 31, 7:00pm
  • The MadHatters – Saturday, April 1, 2:00pm
  • Pippin – Wednesday, April 19, 7:30pm
  • The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry – Thursday, May 4, 7:30pm
  • Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour – Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm

Tickets are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select three or more of the Performing Arts Season events listed above to qualify as a subscriber, Subscribers get to buy 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 Friday, July 29 when single tickets go on sale to the general public.

Loreena McKennitt at the Weidner Center Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30pm!

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016

Green Bay, WI – Loreena McKennitt at the Weidner Center Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 7:30pm. Tickets on sale Friday, May 20, at 11am.  Tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 & $32.50 in advance. All ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of show.

The fall tour comes on the heels of the 25th anniversary of McKennitt’s award-winning 1991 release The Visit, which achieved Gold status in the U.S. (sales over 500,000) and globally has sold more than 1.5 million copies. The Visit will be released on June 24 under McKennitt’s own label, Quinlan Road, as a numbered 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl record. It will also include a free digital download code. The 25th Anniversary edition is re-mastered by Jeff Wolpert, the award-winning Canadian sound engineer who recorded the original sessions, and pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands.

McKennitt’s eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music has sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Her recordings have achieved gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in 15 countries on four continents. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has won two Junos, as well as a Billboard International Achievement Award.

McKennitt has performed in some of the world’s most-respected and historic concert venues, from Carnegie Hall to the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain and for dignitaries including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and numerous heads of state.

In addition to her musical career, McKennitt has been recognized for a number of noteworthy philanthropic initiatives. In 1998, she founded the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, and she was instrumental in the transformation of a 1929 neo-Gothic school into the Falstaff Family Centre, a charitable organization focused on families and children.

For more information, please visit www.loreenamckennitt.com
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truTV’s Impractical Jokers – Second Show Added!

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2016

Green Bay, WI  – The cast of TruTV’s Impractical Jokers a.k.a. acclaimed comedy troupe The Tenderloins have announced a brand new live show and tour titled “Santiago Sent Us.” Following the smash success of their “Where’s Larry?” tour, the “Santiago Sent Us” tour will see the troupe – Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn – performing a new batch of their special blend of comedy, hi-jinx, and never-before-seen videos on stage. The multi-city trek will make a stop at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on Saturday, June 11. Due to popular demand, a second show has been added at 10:00 pm. Tickets for the 10:00 pm show will go on sale Friday, April 1 at 11:00 am.  AGES 16+ RECOMMENDED

truTV Impractical Jokers ‘Santiago Sent Us’ Tour Starring The Tenderloins

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2016

(Green Bay, WI)  – The cast of TruTV’s Impractical Jokers a.k.a. acclaimed comedy troupe The Tenderloins have announced a brand new live show and tour titled “Santiago Sent Us.” Following the smash success of their “Where’s Larry?” tour, the “Santiago Sent Us” tour will see the troupe – Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn – performing a new batch of their special blend of comedy, hi-jinx, and never-before-seen videos on stage.  The multi-city trek will make a stop at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on Saturday, June 11 at 7:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 18 at 11:00 am at the Ticket Star box office at the Resch Center or online at Ticketstaronline.com.

For more information, please visit http://thetenderloins.com/tour/.

Ages 16+ Recommended

ONCE Local Singer/Songwriter Contest Winner Announced!

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 19, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) –The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the ARTgarage is proud to announce that the winner of the ONCE Singer/Songwriter contest is Lane Lee with the submission of his original song Runaway Train.

Lane Lee is from the small town of Suring, Wisconsin. He has a life-long passion for music and enjoys creating his own works. His mother is a music teacher, sparking his interest in music at a very young age. He continued to dig deeper into music and eventually decided to go to college for music education. Lane is currently completing his degree at UW- Green Bay by student teaching.

Local singer/songwriters were encouraged to submit one original song to participate in this contest. The submissions were judged by a panel of local music experts. The winning entrant receives complimentary tickets to see the musical ONCE on February 25 at the Weidner Center, participation at the showcase with the ARTgarage, and an opportunity to record their song at Rock Garden Studio.

A select group of artists will perform on February 20 from 4 – 9pm at the ARTgarage in the Singer/Songwriter Showcase. The show will be open to the public, with incentive to participate in other activities at the ARTgarage.

ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

The ARTgarage is located in The Cannery on Olde Main, a 100-year-old former cannery factory with Cream City brick walls, high wooden ceilings, a cracked and stained cement floor… the perfect setting for this exciting arts venue. Studio A, formerly the cannery’s loading dock, contains the Front Gallery, side galleries, artist studios and gift shop.  Studio B is a multipurpose space which is home to classes, workshops, performances, meetings and special events. As part of the Olde Main Redevelopment District, the ARTgarage is helping to bring value back to the area along with many other businesses and private property owners who want to reclaim rather than demolish our city’s history. The ARTgarage is a welcoming neighbor to the diverse populations within our community and proudly displays “Everyone Welcome” on our front door.  Other tenants of the Cannery complex include Flowerama and the NWTC Artisan & Business Center.

ONCE Local Singer/Songwriter Contest and Showcase

FOR RELEASE:
January 30, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Tony Award® winning musical ONCE, on February 25 at 7:30pm. The Weidner Center is proud to announce a partnership with the ARTgarage. This partnership will bring to life the singer/songwriter nature of the musical by creating a performance stage for local performers as well as an opportunity to submit their work in a local competition.

This collaboration has two functions for community involvement: First, a competition will be held for local singer/songwriters.  This contest will start immediately and run through February 14, 2016, at 10pm. Local singer/songwriters are encouraged to submit one original song via email with a link to the song to wcpa@uwgb.edu.  The submissions will be judged by a panel of local music experts.  The judges will announce a winner on February 17, 2016. The winning entrant will receive complimentary tickets to see the musical ONCE on February 25 at the Weidner Center, priority participation at the showcase with the ARTgarage and an opportunity to record their song at Rock Garden Studio, a renowned recording studio in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Second, submissions to the competition will be logged by the ARTgarage and a select group of artists (to be determined) will be asked to perform on February 20 at the ARTgarage in the Singer/Songwriter Showcase. The show will be open to the public, with incentive to participate in other activities at The ARTgarage.

ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

The ARTgarage is located in The Cannery on Olde Main, a 100-year-old former cannery factory with Cream City brick walls, high wooden ceilings, a cracked and stained cement floor… the perfect setting for this exciting arts venue. Studio A, formerly the cannery’s loading dock, contains the Front Gallery, side galleries, artist studios and gift shop.  Studio B is a multipurpose space which is home to classes, workshops, performances, meetings and special events. As part of the Olde Main Redevelopment District, the ARTgarage is helping to bring value back to the area along with many other businesses and private property owners who want to reclaim rather than demolish our city’s history. The ARTgarage is a welcoming neighbor to the diverse populations within our community and proudly displays “Everyone Welcome” on our front door.  Other tenants of the Cannery complex include Flowerama and the NWTC Artisan & Business Center.

VOCALOSITY – The ACA-Perfect Concert Experience!

FOR RELEASE:
January 4, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Tickets are now on sale for VOCALOSTY – THE ACA PERFECT CONCERT EXPERIENCE playing at The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on January 22, 2016 at 7:30pm. The 12 powerhouse vocalists that comprise the new all-star a cappella group are Matthew Bryan Feld, James C. Jones, Hannah Juliano, Kelli Koloszar, Cheeyang Ng, Gerianne Pérez, Nattalyee Randall, Tracy L.J. Robertson, Chesney Snow, Bryant Vance, Nicole Weiss and Amy Whitcomb.

VOCALOSITY is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements that set a new standard for 12-part harmony.

No genre of music is off limits in the world of a cappella and VOCALOSITY covers them all – from tenth century Gregorian chant and classical choral to barber shop quartet and bouncing doo-wop all the way to an exploration of the current sound of a cappella with music from The Beatles, Bruno Mars and more. Combine that with direction and choreography from Sean Curran (Stomp original cast member) and you have an exhilarating evening of song unlike anything ever seen or heard, live on stage.

“Over the past few years, a cappella has grown from what was once considered a stuffy Ivy League activity to a pop culture phenomenon beloved by people of all ages,” says Deke Sharon, who serves as artistic director, music director and co-creator of the production. “VOCALOSITY is my dream team, an all-star ensemble of diverse young singers each with a unique style and personality. Most vocal groups aspire to create one sound and style, homogenizing the character of their singers, but this group is the exact opposite, weaving a variety of tapestries from different combinations of voices and characters.”

Hailed as “the father of contemporary a cappella” by Entertainment Weekly, Sharon has served as on-site music director and vocal producer for the smash hit films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 as well as vocal producer of NBC’s The Sing-Off.

Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations. To learn more about VOCALOSITY, please visit http://vocalosityontour.com/.

2015-2016 Performing Arts Season On Sale August 14 at 11am

FOR  RELEASE:
August, 12, 2015

(Green Bay, WI) – Tickets for the 2015-2016 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season will go on sale outside of subscription this Friday, August 14 at 11 am.  Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations.

The season of events kicks off on Friday, October 9 with Whose Live Anyway? featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and special guest Joel Murray.  Highlights of the season include the new touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and eight-time Tony® Award-Winner Once.  A wide assortment of musical acts can also be found throughout the season including the legendary Ronnie Milsap, popular country group Home Free, the aca-perfect concert experience of Vocalosity, and The Midtown Men offering music from the Sixties.

The crowd-pleasing variety of this season is sure to include something to excite patrons of all types.  Enter the world of Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk, a Steampunk-inspired place where cycling is an escape.  L.A.Theatre Works brings the live radio theatre experience to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Celtic Nights celebrates 100 years of Irish independence, and The Peking Acrobats redefine audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics for their 30th year.  Families will want to mark their calendars for Wild Kratts Live! and Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

The 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

  • Whose Live Anyway?
    Friday, October 9, 7:30pm
  • Home Free
    Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm
  • Celtic Woman *
    Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Tuesday, October 20, 7:30pm
  • The Midtown Men
    Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm
  • Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk
    Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
  • It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
    Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm & Friday, November 20, 7:30pm
  • Ronnie Milsap **
    Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis *
    Saturday, November 28, 7:30pm
  • Holiday Pops
    Friday, December 11, 7:30pm & Saturday, December 12, 2:30pm
  • Doctors in Recital
    Saturday, January 16, 7:00pm
  • Vocalosity
    Friday, January 22, 7:30pm
  • Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
    Saturday, January 30, 11:00am
  • L.A. Theatre Works – Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    Tuesday, February 2, 7:30pm
  • Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom – Celebrating 100 Years
    Friday, February 12, 7:30pm
  • The Peking Acrobats – 30th Anniversary Tour
    Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
  • ONCE
    Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm
  • PostSecret: The Show
    Saturday, February 27, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Dancing in the Streets
    Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm
  • Wild Kratts Live!
    Friday, April 8, 7:00pm
  • Mnozil Brass
    Tuesday, April 12, 7:30pm
  • RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles
    Sunday, May 1, 7:30pm

*Tickets are already on sale for Celtic Woman and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis.
** Please note show date and time change for Ronnie Milsap.

Ronnie Milsap Concert Date Changed to Saturday, November 21 at 7:30pm

FOR  RELEASE:
August, 12, 2015                                                                                  

(Green Bay, WI) – Ronnie Milsap has been invited to the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 25, 2015, and subsequently he will be unable to perform at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on that date.  Milsap’s concert has been rescheduled, however, to Saturday, November 21 at 7:30pm.  Previously issued tickets will be honored at the Weidner Center on this new date and time. Those unable to attend Ronnie Milsap’s performance on this rescheduled date, will receive a refund upon receipt of returned tickets. The deadline to return tickets for refund is October 19, 2015. Please contact Ticket Star or the Weidner Center with any questions.

Inconceivable! The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes, has been cancelled

FOR RELEASE:
August 5, 2015   
                                                                               

(Green Bay, WI) – Regrettably the fall tour of The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes has been cancelled due to Mr. Elwes’ filming obligations. The show was scheduled at the Weidner Center for November 21, 2015. Current ticket holders will automatically be credited back to the original credit card of purchase. Purchases made by cash or check will be refunded via check by Ticket Star. Please contact Ticket Star or the Weidner Center with any questions.

Rodney Carrington – Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Just announced! Rodney Carrington returns to the Weidner Center on Saturday, May 30 at 7pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 27 at 11am.

Rodney Carrington has been making audiences laugh for almost twenty years with his unique brand of stand-up comedy. The country singer-songwriter has recorded eight major label comedy albums which have sold more than two million copies … two of which have been certified Gold.

Rodney Carrington recently started his own record label “Laughter’s Good” and released two albums under the new label in October 2014. Rodney re-released “C’Mon Laugh You Bastards” which features 3 new songs, as well as an album of all new material called “Laughter’s Good.”

In addition to starting his own record label, Rodney started a new YouTube series in October 2014 called “Bit By Bit.” In the series, he releases new material one piece at a time on a weekly basis.

On November 1, 2014 Sirius XM did a “Rodney Carrington Takeover Special” on their Blue Collar Comedy Channel. Carrington could also be heard every Sunday on ESPN2 on the intro of “Colin’s Football Show” with Colin Cowherd. He wrote and performed the intro song for the show, and starred in the video before each show, which aired every Sunday prior to NFL games during the 2014 season.

Originally from Longview, TX, Carrington has three sons and resides in Tulsa, OK.

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