Ethan Bortnick to Perform at Weidner July 11

For Immediate Release – April 25, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI – Child Prodigy Ethan Bortnick will perform live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 PM for the Kress/Mattson Parkinson’s Fundraiser, also being recorded for Bortnick’s PBS special. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 11:00 AM through Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or online at  Tickets range from $40 to $100, plus fees.

At 12 years old Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work.  Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas and recently, Ethan was certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour.  

Ethan has been featured on many national late night and morning television shows, including multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah,” where he was named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.” In 2010, Ethan made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally-televised concert special on PBS.

Legend Quincy Jones has this to say of his songcraft: “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.”

Last year, Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called “Anything Is Possible” which will be released in late 2013. He starred in the film, co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored all the music.

For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Ethan Bortnick, please contact Nancy Mattson or Pat Szalinski.

Media Contacts:

Nancy Mattson

Pat Szalanski

Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour

For Immediate Release April 22, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI – Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour will perform live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 27th at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 10:00 AM through Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or online at

JIM GAFFIGAN has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing.

His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night’s “Letterman” and “Conan.” His writing and voice work on the animated series “Pale Force” for Conan led to nominations for both a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award.

Gaffigan has had breakout guest appearances on many comedies and dramas ranging from HBO’s cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in all three versions of “Law & Order”.

In recent years, Gaffigan has also become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in “Going the Distance”, “Away We Go” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Gaffigan was also seen alongside Jennifer Connolly, Ed Harris, Pierce Bronson, and Greg Kinnear in the film “Salvation Boulevard” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Further broadening his career, Gaffigan starred in his first Broadway production, “That Championship Season”. As part of the highly acclaimed play, Gaffigan appeared in the ensemble alongside Chris Noth, Brian Cox, Jason Patric, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Gaffigan’s latest venture, a DRM-free download of his comedy special “Mr. Universe,” launched April 11th for $5. One dollar of each download will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, helping wounded servicemen and their family. He is currently on a national tour called Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour.


Theresa Caputo Star of TLC’s ‘Long Island Medium’ Live at the Weidner Center

Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Caputo will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and also will share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Tickets go on-sale at noon Friday, Sept. 14 at noon at, 800.895.0071, or all Ticket Star locations. Tickets are $39.75/$49.75/$59.75, plus applicable service fees. A limited number of VIP tickets ($125) will be available. VIP tickets include a post-show meet and greet. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.

Long Island Medium begins its third season on TLC Sept. 9. The show has been described as following Caputo’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom, except for one distinct difference — her ability to communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages can come through at any time — and the local car mechanic, manicurist or cashier at the bagel shop may find him or herself receiving a spontaneous reading from Caputo as she goes about her daily life. The show also covers how Caputo copes with the special challenges that her unique abilities create for her husband of 22 years, Larry, and her two children, aged 17 and 21.

Caputo has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connectingscience with the afterlife. She helps individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones. For Caputo, this is not just her job — this is her life.

For photos, interviews, and other information: Joanna Brumley at 518-306-4333 or


Green Bay Symphony Orchestra moves offices to Weidner Center at UW-Green Bay

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra has moved its offices to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Officials with the University and GBSO are lauding the move as a key step in the signature venue’s revitalization plan, one element of which calls for closer collaboration with community and other arts groups. It’s also a logical logistical move, since the bulk of GBSO’s concerts are performed at the Weidner, officials say.

“This move is a continuation of Weidner Center’s Strategic Plan process, which includes increased collaboration with area cultural agencies and arts organizations,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden. “We are pleased to welcome the GBSO to the Weidner.”

The GBSO has two full-time and seven part-time employees, and until recently occupied office space in downtown Green Bay. The organization began moving into the Weidner Center Thursday, Aug. 2, and is expected to be fully up and running at the venue effective Monday, Aug. 6. Its phone number will remain the same, at (920) 435-3465.

The GBSO has a rich history, and is preparing to inaugurate its 99th season with an Opening Night concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Weidner Center.

The Symphony Orchestra’s relocation is part of an overall Weidner Center revitalization plan that includes additional opportunities for various community organizations, K-12 educational programming and UW-Green Bay faculty and students. The plan also includes a focus on what traditionally has been termed “mainstage” programming, with the University in May announcing a dynamic and varied 2012-13 Performing Arts Season. The Strategic Plan, which drew on the expertise of an outside consultant, also relied heavily on community and Weidner stakeholder input.

More information on the Weidner Center, including season and ticketing information, is available at To learn more about the GBSO and view its season schedule and ticket info, visit

UW-Green Bay Weidner Center announces 2012-13 Performing Arts Season

Classic Broadway shows, entertaining comedy and eclectic music and dance are among the highlights of the 2012-13 Performing Arts Season lineup at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The signature University of Wisconsin-Green Bay venue announced its new season May 22 during a special event for patrons and friends. Individuals in attendance helped shape the new season by participating in the Weidner Center’s Strategic Planning process, which outlines a five-year plan for reinvigorating the venue. Officials say the season announcement is an exciting milestone in the Weidner’s re-launch.

“This lineup represents the kind of quality and variety audiences have come to expect from a venue of this caliber, while also offering the accessible pricing we know is important,” said Weidner Center General Manager Kate Green. “With the help of our stakeholders and friends, we’ve developed a fantastic season that we are so excited to share.”

The 2012-13 Performing Arts Season is as follows*:

Lewis Black: Running on Empty, 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Tickets $39-$54.50.

The Capitol Steps: Take the Money and Run for President, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Tickets $22-$38.50.

Price is Right, Live!™, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Tickets $38.50.

• Aquila Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. Tickets

• Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents “Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Tickets $22-$66.

Fiddler on the Roof, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets $27.50-$71.50.

Kenny Rogers Hits & Christmas Show, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Tickets $55.50-$89.50.

Shrek The Musical, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Tickets $43-$76.

A Chorus Line, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Tickets $27.50-$71.50.

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Tickets $27.50-$49.50.

VOCA PEOPLE, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets $16.50-$44.

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets $33, or $16.50 for children ages 12 and younger.

Elvis Lives, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Tickets $38.50-$55.

Celtic Crossroads: World Fusion Tour, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. Tickets $22-$44.

The Minetti Quartet and distinguished pianist Andreas Klein, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Tickets $33.

John Tesh: Big Band Live!, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12. Tickets $33-$66.

* Service fees apply for all ticket sales

Tickets are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select five or more of the Performing Arts Season events listed above to qualify as a subscriber, 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 five events will be processed at full price in late July when single tickets go on sale to the general public.
More information about the Weidner Center, including ticketing info, is available at

2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the 2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The 2012-2013 season kicks off in October 2012 and extends through April 2013, featuring 11 titles and a total of 21 performances. Programs are selected to complement current classroom curriculum with creative and imaginative learning, critical thinking opportunities and live performance experiences. Performance-specific study guides are provided to help educators integrate show topics into classroom activities.

Expanded this year is an ongoing educational partnership with Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Allouez. Two events in the series, We the People and The Civil War, will offer opportunities for students to experience a full day of learning activities at both the Weidner Center and Heritage Hill.

The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the May 22 announcement of the new 2012-13 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup. This dynamic season schedule is an integral part of the University’s plan to reinvigorate its signature performing arts venue, and will feature a wide variety of offerings, including Broadway productions. Weidner Center friends and stakeholders, along with local news media, will be invited to a special evening event announcing the season on the Weidner main stage.

The following is the full 2012-2013 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with the exception of A Guided Tour of The Taming of the Shrew, which has one performance at 12:30 p.m.

18     We the People
22     A Guided Tour of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
31     Bunnicula

15     The Berenstain Bears Live!
28     Frindle

31     How I Became a Pirate

21     Skippyjon Jones

5     The Civil War
6     The Gruffalo
19   Doktor Kaboom! - It’s Just Rocket Science!

16     Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Since its inception, Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center has served more than 95,000 students, grades Pre-K through 12, from 22 counties in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The annual Stage Doors Education Series is program of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and is made possible by the generous support of the George F. Kress Family Foundation, with additional support provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

How To Make Reservations for the 2012-2013 Series:
All information about the 2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center can be found online at Reservations from schools and home school families are being accepted now via mail, fax or online. Series brochures will be mailed to educators in September. All tickets are $7.