Now Accepting Nominations and Applications for TEDxUW-Green Bay!

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June 1, 2018

The Weidner Center is proud to present the inaugural TEDxUW-Green Bay in collaboration with faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Speaker nominations and applications are being accepted June 1 – June 20. The Weidner Center seeks the boldest and most impactful ideas being generated in this community.  The first event will take place November 1, 2018. To apply or nominate a speaker, visit www.tedxuwgreenbay.com.

Regan Gurung, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, discusses his excitement for the event; “TEDx Talks present one of the very best ways to reach people at every level of the community regardless of their gender, ethnicity, age or economic status. Especially as someone who has given a TEDx Talk, the opportunity to help showcase Green Bay’s best ideas on the UW-Green Bay campus is enthralling and energizing. Get ready for great stuff, Green Bay!”

Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center, Kelli Strickland, states the Weidner Center is thrilled to produce Green Bay’s first TEDx event. “As a cultural center, we are committed to shining a light on Green Bay’s most exciting ideas,” Strickland says. “It will be interesting to learn through the speaker application and nomination process who the community is most interested in hearing from.” Chuck Rybak, dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences shares his enthusiasm about TEDxUW-Green Bay; “UW-Green Bay strives to deliver knowledge and ideas to our community in as many forms and venues as possible. TedxUW-Green Bay, with its innovative format and timely subject matter, promises to be a forum that is both accessible and provocative.”

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

Weidner Center Announces Silver Celebration and Vision for the Next 25 Years

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May 24, 2018

(Green Bay, WI) Finger snapping jazz, thought provoking discoveries, toe-tapping musicals, jaw-dropping spectacles, soaring symphonies and Green Bay legends on stage…there is absolutely something for everyone. In honor of the Weidner Center’s 25th Anniversary, the 2018 – 2019 line-up features titles, concerts and speakers that are meant to fully meet our mission: to delight, educate, inspire and entertain.

“Twenty-five years is an important milestone. And it is falling during an exciting and energetic time in Green Bay and the surrounding areas. So we asked the question, ‘What can the arts and culture add to this energy and momentum?’” remarks Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland. “Cofrin Family Hall is the only state-of-the-art facility of its kind in our region. So we will celebrate that with song, stories and ideas. But we will do more than that.”

“We don’t want to be viewed as an added bonus to the community and university, but as a vital component. I think you’ll see more collaborations, titles that are produced specifically for our community, speakers and art that push the conversations of discovery and innovation. Our 25th year is a new chapter of cultural citizenship for the Weidner Center.”

The 25th Anniversary Season launches with a look back to the inaugural event held in Cofrin Family Hall on January 15, 1993. One of the performers that evening was Wayne Lin, an 11 year-old violinist and featured performer of the Youth Orchestra. After completing his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and his Master’s degree at Yale School of Music, Lin is now the associate and acting Concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Lin returns this fall to the Weidner Stage as a soloist in the opening Anniversary Symphony Orchestra Concert Event, September 22.

The 2018-2019 Season Line-Up:

Wayne Lin: 25th Season Anniversary Symphony Orchestra Concert
Saturday, September 22, 2018 • 7:30pm

Sebastian Maniscalco – Stay Hungry Tour
Saturday, September 29, 2018 • 7:00pm
(Single ticket sales available now)

The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Saturday, October 6, 2018 • 7:30pm

Brown County Civic Music Association present Raul Prieto, Organist
Friday, October 12 • 7:30pm
(General Admission Tickets available at bccivicmusic.org)

Late Night Tailgate
Saturday, October 20, 2018 • 7:30pm

National Geographic Live! Beauty and the Bizarre with Photographer Anand Varma
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 • 7:30pm

Aquila Theatre presents Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Friday, October 26, 2018 • 7:30pm

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour
Saturday, October 27, 2018 • 4:30pm
(Single ticket sales available now)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Saturday, November 17, 2018 • 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018 • 2:00pm

The Priests
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 • 7:30pm

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 • 7:30pm

Holiday Pops
Friday, December 7, 2018 • 7:30pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 2:30pm

6:30 Concert Series presents
There’s No Place Like Swing for the Holidays – The Holiday Music of Ella Fitzgerald
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 • 6:30pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Friday, December 21, 2018 • 7:00pm

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! –King for a Day!
Thursday, January 17, 2019 • 6:30pm

Doctors in Recital
Saturday, January 19, 2019 • 7:00pm

The Bad Plus – Jazz Fest 49
Saturday, January 26, 2019 • 7:30pm

Cirque Mechanics presents 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Thursday, February 7, 2019 • 7:30pm

Tim Hawkins
Saturday, February 16, 2019 • 7:00pm

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia – The Rainbow Fish
Sunday, February 17, 2019 • 2:00pm

Lombardi
By Eric Simonson, based on the book When Pride Still Mattered — A Life of Vince Lombardi written by David Maraniss
Directed by Greg Vinkler, Artistic Director of Peninsula Players
Produced by the Weidner Center
February 22 – March 10, 2019

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles presents Abbey Road
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 • 7:30pm

Currents by Mayumana
Monday, March 25, 2019 • 7:30pm

Legally Blonde – The Musical
Friday, March 29, 2019 • 7:30pm

La Santa Cecilia
Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 7:30pm

National Geographic Live! Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins
Friday, April 12, 2019 • 7:30pm

The Civic Symphony of Green Bay
Sunday, April 14, 2019 • 3:00pm

An Evening with David Sedaris
Monday, April 29, 2019 • 7:30pm

Finding Neverland
Thursday, May 9, 2019 • 7:30pm

Brown County Civic Music Association presents Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
May 11, 2019 • 7:30pm
(General Admission Tickets available at bccivicmusic.org)

Tickets Weidner Center 2018-2019 Performing Arts Season tickets are currently on sale via subscription through June 19, 2018 at 4pm. 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 June 22, 2018, 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 920-405-1132. Single tickets go on sale to the general public June 22, 2018, at 11am. All ticketing information is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

Special show items to note: Tickets for Sebastian Maniscalco – Stay Hungry Tour, Disney Junior Dance Party and Brown County Civic Music Association shows are on sale now. Tickets for the University Music and Theatre Season go on sale in September.

 

2018-2019 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. Curated by Professor Michelle McQuade-Dewhirst and performed by UW-Green Bay’s Music Faculty along with guest artists, this season features Florentine Opera, audience favorite a very small consortium and Akros Percussion Collective, an ensemble that pushes the edges of music and sonic art, among many others. This unique performance experience allows curious audiences to experience live music in a relaxed, intimate setting and forge new connections between artists and audience. All performances begin at 6:30pm, last between 60 and 90 minutes, are free (excludes December 12 concert) and open to the public. Visit www.UWGB.com/music in September for the full schedule.

Pianist Lydia Frumkin
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Florentine Opera
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Akros Percussion Collective
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

There’s No Place Like Swing for the Holidays: The Holiday Music of Ella Fitzgerald
Special ticketed event held in Cofrin Family hall. Proceeds from this event support the yearlong free 6:30 Concert Series
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

a very small consortium
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Megan Ihnen and Alan Theisen present…featuring Michael Hall
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Man with a Movie Camera with a new, live film score
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

 

2018-2019 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music Season

OCTOBER 2018
16 Concert Choir & University Singers
19 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra & Symphonic Band

NOVEMBER 2018
20 Jazz Ensembles *

DECEMBER 2018
1 Handel’s Messiah
5 Chamber Ensembles
11 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra & Symphonic Band

JANUARY 2019
26 Jazz Fest 49 with special guest The Bad Plus

FEBRUARY 2019
16 Annual Honors Recital

MARCH 2019
6 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band
8 Concert Choir & University Singers
14 Jazz Ensembles *

APRIL 2019
13 Opera Workshop
26 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band

MAY 2019
2 Jazz Ensembles
7 Concert Choir & University Singers
8 Chamber Ensembles

*Event held in University Theatre in the UWGB Theatre Hall building

 

2018-2019 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Season

The Revolutionists* by Lauren Gunderson
October 12-13,18-20, 2018
Directed by Laura Riddle

Nunsense: The Mega Musical* by Dan Goggin
November 15-17, 2018
Directed by John Mariano
Music Direction by Courtney Sherman
Choreography by Denise Carlson-Gardner

Women Playing Hamlet by William Missouri Downs
February 28, March 1-2, 6-9, 2019
Directed by John Mariano

Danceworks*
April 6-7, 2019
Artistic Direction by Denise Carlson-Gardner

Julius Caesar* by William Shakespeare
April 26-27, May 2-4, 2019
Directed by Guest Artist Alan Kopischke

*Event held in University Theatre in the UWGB Theatre Hall building

THE GRINCH is coming to steal Christmas in Green Bay!

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May 22, 2018

Broadway’s #1 Holiday hit comes to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts NOVEMBER 17 – 18, 2018

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Weidner Center for the  Performing  Arts  November  17-18,  2018.  Hailed  by  The New York Times as “100 times better than any bedtime story,” this classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11am on June 1, 2018 at WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071, and all Ticket Star locations.

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during    its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theaters in New York. More than 2.1 million theater-goers across America have been delighted by this heart warming holiday musical, which the Gannett papers hailed as “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults.”

Audiences will discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life   live on stage. Featuring the hit songs  “You’re  A  Mean  One,  Mr.  Grinch”  and “Welcome Christmas,” THE GRINCH discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the  Dog  narrates  as  the  mean and scheming GRINCH, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos.

Dr.  Seuss’  How  The  Grinch  Stole  Christmas!  The  Musical  features  magnificent   sets  designed by John Lee Beatty and costumes designed by Robert Morgan, inspired  by Dr. Seuss’ original book. Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason’s music and book breathe new life into this timeless story.

The 2018 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard, based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by three-time Tony Award®-winning director, Jack O’Brien.

For more information about Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at WeidnerCenter.com or call 800.895.0071. For additional information on the production, please visit GrinchMusical.com

For media inquiries, please contact:
Rebecca Brait
Innovation Arts & Entertainment
312.274.1800×232
rebecca@innovationae.com

Marc Viscardi
Bond Theatrical
212-365-6848
marc@bondtheatrical.com

Sebastian Maniscalco Makes a Stop in Green Bay

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May 14, 2018

A string of record-breaking sold out comedy appearances, a top-ranked show on SiriusXM, “The Pete & Sebastian Show,” and inclusion on Forbes’ 2017’s “The World’s Highest Paid Comedians” who praised, “thanks to his enthusiasm and willingness to work, Maniscalco will likely continue to be on Forbes’ list for years to come,” comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is having an incredible year. People Magazine’s “The people’s comedian” is hitting the road and makes his stop at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7pm. Tickets go on sale for Sebastian Maniscalco’s Stay Hungry 2018, tour stop in Green Bay, to the general public on Friday, May 18 at 11am online at sebastianlive.com, WeidnerCenter.com, TicketStarOnline.com, by calling 800-895-0071 and in person at Ticket Star locations.

The tour title is appropriate as not only is “Stay Hungry” the name of his forthcoming 2018 book for Simon & Schuster, but it is also his personal motto.

“The Stay Hungry tour marks the release of my book while I also venture into this new chapter of my life: being a dad. Lately, I’ve found myself reflecting on my path and all of the hard work it has taken to get to this point in my career. I hope to one day pass these values on to my daughter and encourage her to stay hungry for more,” shares Maniscalco, who has expanded his major motion picture portfolio to include a voice-over for character Johnny the Groundhog in the animated feature “Nut Job 2” and appearances in films including the Will Ferrell-starring New Line Feature comedy “The House” and a role in 2018’s “TAG,” starring alongside Ed Helms and Jeremy Renner.

Dubbed “one of the hottest comics” by Newsday and “one of the funniest comics working stand-up today” by Esquire, Sebastian’s live performance has become a critically-acclaimed event, with the Los Angeles Times raving, “onstage, there’s an impatience to Maniscalco’s delivery as well, a hair-trigger exasperation with people and modern life, punctuated with baffled expressions, percussive thumps on the microphone and wide-swung leg kicks more associated with an Olympic speed-skater than a stand-up comic.”

Instead of asking questions – a theme that has served as the foundation of his previous comedy specials and shows like Aren’t You Embarrassed? and Why Would You Do That? – Maniscalco’s new tour has the affable performer instead encouraging fans to follow in his footsteps and “stay hungry.”

Shares the man The New York Times raved for his “own kind of panache,” “Even though I’ve achieved some success, I will always stay hungry for more.”

For more information, please visit sebastianlive.com.

Brawl By the Bay Coming to the Weidner Center

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May 7, 2018

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Weidner Center to host Brawl By the Bay, an inaugural e-gaming event, on June 9, 2018. This is the first e-gaming tournament to be held at the Weidner Center. Games featured at this event will be Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 4 and Project M, a modified version of Super Smash Bros. Participants can register at (GG LINK). It is $15 to register, and an additional $10 for each event. The event will take place in Fort Howard Hall and Studio One at the Weidner Center. Doors will open at 11 am, and the games will begin at 12 pm.

Options for game play will be Melee Singles, Melee Doubles, Smash 4 Singles, Smash 4 Doubles, Project M Singles, and Project M Doubles. Project M games will run, but will not stream. Maximum 80 participants in Singles events, and maximum 64 participants in Doubles events. The Melee and Smash 4 tournaments will be streamed on the Midwest American Gaming’s Twitch channel. The first 50 registrations will receive a free Brawl By the Bay t-shirt.

Participants have a chance to win some amazing prizes. All Singles 1st place will win a Nintendo Switch, all Doubles 1st place will win customized Brawl By the Bay controllers, all 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift certificates and trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Door prizes will also be given out, including tickets, swag, and Amiibos.

Forbes Magazine calls e-sports one of the “fastest growing phenomena” and viewership has continued to increase two-fold year over year since 2012. “We have an interest in utilizing the center in surprising ways, exploring new places where culture and community are being built in the 21st Century.”

“Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” is Coming this Fall!

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April 24, 2018

“Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” Presented by Pull-Ups® is extending its high-energy interactive tour, taking the immersive live concert experience designed for kids and families into some of the biggest markets in the US. With most of the initial dates sold out and second shows being added in multiple markets, the 90-minute concert that brings the beloved characters from the #1 preschool television network’s hit series to life is adding 50 new shows starting in September. The second leg of the tour includes a stop in Green Bay at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday October 27th at 4:30 pm. Tickets go on-sale this Friday 4/27 at 11 am online at WeidnerCenter.com, (800) 895-0071 or in person at Ticket Star located at the Resch Center. The exclusive presale begins, Thursday, April 26 at 11 am, with the general public on-sale starting Friday, April 27 at 11 am. For a complete list of on-sale cities and upcoming shows, visit disneyjuniortour.com.

Watch a preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLuUwmh5JDE&feature=youtu.be

Incorporating live appearances by favorite Disney Junior characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Elena of Avalor, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, interactive on-screen moments with Puppy Dog Pals, The Lion Guard and Muppet Babies, as well as the first-ever live appearance by Vampirina, “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” features 20 songs from Disney Junior’s hit series, as well as two brand new original songs for the tour. Directed by Amy Tinkham (ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”), produced by Jonathan Shank of Red Light Management, and represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the concert is elevated by state of the art LED technology, a giant Mickey-shaped DJ booth, high-tech scrim screens that transport characters into the theater and 4D special effects.

Sponsored by Pull-Ups®, the tour also includes a 15-minute interactive pre-show countdown featuring a new original song “I’m a Big Kid” written by Beau Black (“Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “The Lion Guard”).  The song celebrates kids’ first milestones, and the pre-show warm-up teaches the audience three different dance moves that will later be incorporated into the show. Then the show hosts remind parents that it’s a good time to take their kids for a bathroom break before the show starts.

VIP package offers include a VIP Pre-Party or VIP After-Party. At the VIP Pre-Party, kids and families will have the opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Doc McStuffins and Elena of Avalor. The VIP After-Party gives kids and families the first opportunity to meet Vampirina, plus Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy. Both are filled with dancing, food and fun! More info on VIP Packages: https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/disney-junior-dance-party-fall-tour-2018/

The March 9 Performance Puppet Up! Uncensored has Been Canceled

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February 22, 2018

 
The performance of the Brian Henson Presents: Puppet Up! Uncensored scheduled for Friday, March 9 at 7:30 pm at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled due to an issue with the production company’s tour schedule. The show will not be rescheduled.

The Weidner Center has confirmed with Columbia Artist Theatricals that the planned tour for February and March has been canceled by the production company.

“We are disappointed to learn of the cancellation,” said Kelli Strickland, artistic and executive director of the Weidner Center. “We are unable to reschedule the performance given the late date of the cancellation. We will work with our patrons to ensure all ticket holders are notified and refunded.”

Ticket holders will receive refunds in the following ways: Tickets purchased by card will be credited back to the original credit card by February 28, 2018. Ticket holders who purchased via cash or check will be sent a check refund by mail from Ticket Star. For more information regarding tickets, please contact Ticket Star at 920-494-3401 or toll free at 800-895-0071.

 

Weidner Center Hosts Preshow Royal Tea Party

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February 12, 2018

Put on your ball gown, slip into your glass slippers and hop into your golden carriage to join us at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts for our Royal Tea Party prior to the 2:00 pm matinee of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on March 31! This one-of-a-kind event will start at 12:30 pm and will end in time for guests to grab their seats for the show.

Join us in your princess finest for tea before the ball to decorate your own crown, and learn proper princess etiquette from a few special guests! Along with all of these great activities, enjoy small pastries and sweets with lemonade, tea and coffee. Green Bay’s own Cheese Cake Heaven will provide catering. Dressing up is encouraged.

Tickets are $15 for the Royal Tea Party. Guests must also have tickets to the 2:00 pm performance of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Tickets to the Royal Tea Party, and Cinderella are on sale now at www.WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071 and all Ticket Star locations. Event tickets are sold separately.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features all the moments you love… the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and some surprising new twists! Rediscover some of Rogers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs in this magical Broadway experience for anyone who has ever had a wish, a dream…or a really great pair of shoes!

The Magic of Jay Owenhouse Brings Grand Illusions to Weidner Center

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January 31, 2018

Jay Owenhouse, the Authentic Illusionist will perform at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30pm. Jay Owenhouse is a legendary escape artist and one of the most awarded illusionists in history. He will perform for one night only in “Family Magic!” an intimate evening of grand illusions. Tickets are on sale now at WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071 and all Ticket Star locations.

The elaborate stage show has been voted by audiences and critics alike as, “One of the Top 10 Live Shows in America.” Having amazed millions on television in “Masters of Illusions” and “Magic on the Edge,” Jay now welcomes you into his mysterious world of wonder and the impossible. You will experience a night of the most amazing magic in the world—Bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes and inspiring storytelling. Owenhouse live is an evening that will leave you breathless with a feeling of childhood wonder that anything is possible!

Owenhouse spent 2008 touring China and Japan, where audiences voted the show “The Best Touring Family Show in Asia.” Now back in the U.S., he is working on his new television series and receiving critical acclaim for his live show, “Family Magic!”

Caught by the magic bug at four years old, Owenhouse first performed as a freshman in high school.  Since then, in the spirit of “giving it away to keep it,” he’s invented magic effects and designed illusions not only for his show, but also for other magicians of world renown.

Come see why Hollywood entertainment journalist, Mark Ebner, calls The Magic of Jay Owenhouse, “the greatest touring Family show on Earth.”

“Simply Amazing!” – The Salt Lake Tribune

“Truly Magic, a Must See!” – The Tokyo Times

“Astonishing!” – Shanghai Daily

Weidner Center Begins Silver Celebration with #MyWeidnerMoment

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January 22, 2018

Everyone has a story to tell. As the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts enters its 25th season, with more than 4 million attendees and 9,000 events, the Weidner Center wants to hear from patrons past and present at #MyWeidnerMoment about the moments that have left an indelible mark on their lives.

Was it the moment you felt goosebumps when Itzhak Perlman bowed his first note? When you sat with your classmates in the magnificent Cofrin Family Hall as a fifth-grader for a Phuture Phoenix campus visit? Or performing in Cabaret on the Weidner stage as a UW-Green Bay student? You tell us.

The campaign kicks off with a call to the community from the Weidner Center’s Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland. “In my first few months I’ve heard fabulous stories from guests about their moments here at the Weidner,” says Strickland. “Some are romantic, others are hilarious. What’s great is that so many people in Northeast Wisconsin have a story about how this beautiful venue has touched their lives. There’s no better time than our 25th anniversary year to share these moments and that magic.”

Strickland will kick off the campaign by sharing her own #MyWeidnerMoment in the weeks ahead.

How to Share Your #MyWeidnerMoment
• Fill out the My Weidner Moment submission form
• Email at: wcpa@uwgb.edu
• Post on your photo or moment on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag: #MyWeidnerMoment

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts officially opened on January 15, 1993. The idea of having a center for the performing arts in Green Bay had been a long-held dream for many members of the community, including UW-Green Bay’s founding Chancellor, Edward W. Weidner. Local patrons, Dr. David Cofrin and Mary Ann Cofrin, made a significant pledge to the planning and construction of the new facility under the stipulations that it be located on the UW-Green Bay campus, serve the entire community and be named in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Weidner. With extensive fundraising and perseverance, the dream became a reality and continues today as a breathtaking and acoustically superior facility in Wisconsin and a precious community and campus resource.

Brit Floyd, The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, On Sale Friday at Noon

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January 18, 2018

Brit Floyd, The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show will rock out on the Weidner Center Main Stage Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 pm. Performing songs from Pink Floyd’s most popular and most beloved albums including Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, The Division Bell and so much more! Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at Noon and will be available at WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071, and all Ticket Star locations. VIP Preshow Meet & Greet Soundcheck Experience will also be available.

The Eclipse World Tour 2018 includes a very special retrospective salute to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pink Floyds’ iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Having sold over 45 million copies, and considered by many as one of the greatest records of all time, The Dark Side of the Moon is a psychedelic masterpiece that redefined rock itself, and firmly supplanted Pink Floyd as music legends.

Each night, Brit Floyd performs classic tracks from across Pink Floyd’s incredible discography. Widely regarded as the world’s greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd, the Brit Floyd Show has truly become a phenomenon. Faithfully recreating the pomp and spectacle of Pink Floyd’s 1994 Division Bell Tour, complete with stunning million dollar light show, large circle screen and arch, plus moving lights, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. The Brit Floyd Eclipse World Tour is as close as fans will get to experiencing all the magnificence of Pink Floyd live!

Decades Rewind Transports Their Audience to the 60s, 70s and 80s

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December 8, 2017

Decades Rewind is set to perform an audience favorite theatrical concert at the Weidner Center on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for this show can be purchased online at www.WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 1-800-895-0071, or in person at all Ticket Star locations, including the Resch Center and the University Ticketing and Information Center (UTIC) in UW-Green Bay’s University Union.

Decades Rewind is a national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show celebrating the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s – America’s most prominent decades in music history.

The medleys feature a wide array of legendary songs including hits by ABBA, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Tina Turner, Chubby Checker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Prince, Bon Jovi, and many others. The “jump out and grab you show” is accompanied by three larger than life screens and visuals that instantly transport viewers to each decade with images from that era’s headlines and pop-culture.

Decades Rewind was created by the show’s keyboardist, Peter Gatti, and drummer, Mark Blinkhorn. Gatti said, “Decades Rewind was designed to whisk our audiences back to the days of their best memories. Guests always tell us that they remembered their first dance, their first kiss, their first love during our shows. Music is so powerful and it’s really amazing to see how people are moved throughout the performance.” What was your first dance move? The twist? The hustle? The robot? When you come to a Decades Rewind show, you have to bring your dancing shoes!

With over 100 costume changes, 10 medleys featuring 60 songs, Decades Rewind is an unparalleled, interactive multimedia musical experience that will have you rockin’ in your seat, dancing in the aisle, and singing along with every word. This show really does let you turn back the hands of time because this IS the music of your life!

About Decades Entertainment
Decades Rewind press inquiries can be directed towards Traci Peel via email at traci.peel@gmail.com or by phone at 615-969-2723. Management is conducted by David Belenzon Management, and be contacted by email at david@belenzon.com. Find and connect with Decades Rewind on Facebook (‘Decades Rewind’), Twitter (@DecadesRewind), Instagram (@decadesrewind), and YouTube (‘Decades Rewind’). For more information, please visit www.DecadesRewind.com.

St. Brendan’s Irish Dinner Announced for February 21, 2018

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December 5, 2017

Get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day by combining a traditional Irish dinner with performance at the Weidner Center.  First, purchase your tickets for the iconic Riverdance 20 Years on Wednesday, February 21. Then add a delicious preshow meal available right here at the Weidner Center in Fort Howard Hall.

Join us for a special dining and entertainment experience celebrating Irish heritage and cuisine in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm, prior to the performance of Riverdance 20 Years.

This one-of-a-kind event will include a delicious sampling of the best in Irish cuisine catered by Green Bay’s own St. Brendan’s Inn. The doors will open at 6:00 pm, with the dinner beginning at 6:15 pm. A cash bar will be available. Please indicate your dinner selection when purchasing tickets.

You will have your choice of the following entrees:

  • Corned Beef & Cabbage – Served with red potatoes and a creamy horseradish sauce.
  • Shepherd’s Pie – Seared lamb simmered with carrots, celery, onion, and green peas in a hearty broth, topped with whipped potatoes and baked to a golden brown.
  • Guinness Pot Roast – Tender, slow cooked beef served with fresh sautéed vegetables, mashed potatoes and covered with Guinness gravy.

The dinner will also include Irish brown bread with butter, as well as bread pudding for dessert.

The performance of Riverdance 20 Years will take place after the dinner at 7:30 pm. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.

The St. Brendan’s Irish Dinner is a separate ticketed event. Tickets for this event can be purchased online at www.WeidnerCenter.com. Tickets for the performance of Riverdance 20 Years, which is not included with the dinner, can also be purchased online at www.WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 1-800-895-0071, or in person at all Ticket Star locations, including the Resch Center and the University Ticketing and Information Center (UTIC) in UW-Green Bay’s University Union.

 

‘Femmes of Rock’ to bring a classical take on rock classics to Green Bay

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November 29, 2017

An internationally-acclaimed, female violin ensemble is coming to Green Bay to bring their high energy, hard rock show to the heartland. Know they’ll leave no doubts behind: women rock.

FEMMES OF ROCK, led by rock violinist and arranger, Nina DiGregorio, will headline a brilliant line-up of female rock performers on Jan. 13, 2018 at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center. FEMMES OF ROCK has rocked audiences worldwide with their blistering solos, unique arrangements—not to mention their beauty and charm.

FEMMES OF ROCK stars members of Bella Electric Strings and features the music of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Metallica, David
Bowie, Pink Floyd and others. Bella Electric Strings has performed with artists including Beyonce, Rod Stewart, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Stevie Wonder, The Killers and many more.

They’ll be led in by a member of female rock royalty. Lita Ford joins the Weidner Center line-up. Her music career started in the 1970s as part of The Runaways alongside Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Member Joan Jett. She’s better known for staking a claim for women in the testosterone-driven metal scene of the 1980s.

Ford hit the big time, MTV and the charts as a solo artist with her breakthrough album, “Lita,” in 1988. Ford’s single, “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her hit single, “Kiss Me Deadly” peaked at number 12. Ford followed up with albums “Stilleto” in 1990 and “Dangerous Curves” the year to follow. She backed away from her music career, but came back with a vengeance and has been rocking hard once again since 2008. Her latest album, “Time Capsule,” and her autobiography, “Living Like A Runaway” were released in 2016.

An all-star, female ensemble from the performance-based Appleton Rock School music program will open the night and demonstrate the strength of the next generation of women who are ready, willing and able to rock.

It’ll be a night of rock, a night of women’s empowerment — and a night of helping our neighbors. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the YWCA of Green Bay, the Veterans Mentor Group of Appleton, the Jackie Nitschke Center and local based charities benefiting women in the Fox Cities and Green Bay areas.

“Femmes of Rock” with Special Guest Lita Ford is produced by Red Rock Productions, LLC.

The following VIP packages are available:

$425.00 VIP Ultimate Artist Experience (ONLY 25 ticket packages available)

  • Access to Backstage Green room with open bar and food buffet all night
  • Meet and Greet with the artists
  • Photo opportunity with the artists
  • Premium Ticket in the first 2 rows
  • Autographed Specialty Merchandise
  • Sponsors gift bag
  • Specialty merchandise T-shirt
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • Access to post show VIP party at off site location with open bar/food

$350.00 VIP Artist Guest Experience (ONLY 25 ticket packages available)

  • Access to Backstage Green room with open bar and food buffet all night
  • Meet and Greet with the artists
  • Premium Ticket in the first 5 rows
  • Autographed Specialty Merchandise
  • Sponsors gift bag
  • Specialty merchandise T-shirt
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • Access to post show VIP party at off site location with open bar/food

$275.00 VIP Experience (ONLY 25 ticket packages available)

  • Access to Backstage Green room with open bar and food buffet all night
  • Premium Ticket in the first 5 rows
  • Autographed Specialty Merchandise
  • Sponsors gift bag
  • Specialty merchandise T-shirt
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate

$150.00 Fan Club Experience (ONLY 50 ticket packages available)

  • Premium Ticket in the first 10 rows
  • Autographed Specialty Merchandise by both Artists
  • Sponsors gift bag
  • Specialty merchandise T-shirt and CD from both artists
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate

Craig Wayne Boyd – The Voice Season 7 Winner to Perform on January 12, 2018

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November 14, 2017

Season 7 winner of the singing competition reality TV show, The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, will kick off his 2018 tour at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, for his first Green Bay appearance. The lobby doors open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm with the Sam Morrison Band, a southern rock group from California.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. on TicketStarOnline.com, with prices ranging from $45 to $55. VIP packages are also available, including VIP backstage experience with open bar, food buffet, premium seating, autographs, meet and greet with both artists, free merchandise and photo opportunities, and more.

A native of Mesquite, Texas, Craig Wayne Boyd auditioned for the 2014 season of The Voice with a rendition of “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” by Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt. Mentored by The Voice coach and country music superstar, Blake Shelton, Boyd went on to claim The Voice singing title at the end of the season.

Boyd has played more than 1,000 shows, and shared the stage with Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and Brantley Gilbert. Dynamic and charismatic, Boyd’s sound is rooted in the southern tradition of country music and topped with a rebellious flair. He will perform songs like “Top Shelf,” recently released under the Copperline Music Group label, as well as fan favorites like his recently released single “Stuck in my Head,” “My Baby’s Got a Smile,” “Boots On” and “I’m Still Here.”

The Sam Morrison Band will open the night with hits including, “You Bet: The Pete Rose Song,” “I Will Always Stand,” “Deal Me In” and “Peace Keepers.”

Craig Wayne Boyd is welcomed by Y100 WNCY and a portion of the ticket sales will go to local community-based charities in the Appleton, Fox Valley and Green Bay area.

About Red Rock Productions – Red Rock Productions, LLC is a concert tour business helping to promote and plan the best live music events in the Fox Cities. Learn more about Red Rock Productions at facebook.com/RedRockProd.

For further information, contact:
Red Rock Productions, LLC
(920) 757-2625
info@RedRProd.com

Media contact:
Patty Kitowski
Writing by Design, LLC (920) 659-2492
Pkitowski@writingbydesignllc.com

Chicago Arts Leader Named Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director

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October 29, 2017

Strickland brings 20+ years metro market experience in arts programming and education to region

After a nationwide search, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today the appointment of Chicago arts leader Kelli Strickland as the new executive and artistic director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Provost Greg Davis announced the appointment. Strickland begins her new role October 31, 2017.

“Kelli brings great passion for the arts and executive level leadership to the Weidner Center,” Davis said. “Versed in both the operation of performing arts establishments and arts education, she is a fantastic addition to the Weidner Center, the University and the region’s broader performing arts community. We are confident she is going to connect with all of those constituents in new and meaningful ways while leading us in delivering on the Weidner’s important mission.”

Strickland comes to UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center from the vibrant Chicago theatre scene where she served as executive director at two venues, The Hypocrites — one of Chicago’s premier off-Loop theatre companies — since April 2015, and prior to that the Raven Theatre, where she was the organization’s first executive director in its 35-plus year history.

Throughout her career Strickland has worked as an artist, arts educator, consultant and leader and has amassed a track record in fiscal growth and management, staff oversight, facility management, fundraising, marketing and partnership building across sectors. At The Hypocrites, Strickland doubled the individual donor base, tripled the subscriber base and spearheaded annual budget growth from $420,000 to $1.3 million. During her tenure as executive director at Raven, Strickland wrote and implemented the theatre’s first strategic plan, secured funding for a major facility improvement project and doubled the theatre’s revenues. In addition to her arts management background, Strickland has experience as an arts educator and consultant in program development, program evaluation and arts learning assessment.

“I am honored and excited to join the staff of the Weidner Center — a performing arts center with an extraordinary history, a bright future and a concert hall known well beyond the Midwest for its exquisite acoustics,” Strickland said. A former adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago for 17 years, Strickland appreciates the connection between the Weidner, University and community.

“I place a very high premium on the symbiotic relationship between education and arts and culture,” Strickland said. “I was attracted to this role due to the Weidner’s mission to serve multiple groups — the communities of Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin, and also the University community. An organization committed to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, inevitably yields a rich tapestry of programming and a vibrant institution.”

Having previously served as the Raven Theatre’s director of education and outreach since 2007, Strickland took a leave in 2012-13 to complete the prestigious Devos Fellowship for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

“Kelli is a smart and passionate arts leader,” said Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Emeritus) and president of the Devos Institute of Arts Management. “She has a great record of success managing performing arts organizations and will be a remarkable asset for the Green Bay community.”

“There are many disciplines that comprise the performing arts, and Strickland says she is excited to build a robust portfolio of offerings. “World-class dance, music, spectacle, circus arts, spoken word and multi-media are all part of the performing arts landscape now,” she said. “In addition, I recognize the local community has an interest in continuing to bring popular entertainment, including Broadway titles, celebrity personalities and quality family productions to the center.  I am keen to pursue and expand the opportunities to bring these titles to Northeast Wisconsin.”

Continuing, and possibly growing “The Stage Doors Education Series,” which serves more than 17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year, will be a priority.

Strickland also wants to see underutilized gallery space shining a light on established regional artists, as well as up-and-coming artists training at the University. “I hope to see some exciting and free community events so that those who don’t know us yet have a chance to get to know us. And, of course, we will proudly continue to serve as a laboratory for the students at UW-Green Bay.”

What others are saying about Kelli Strickland, Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts:

“Kelli Strickland has been a thoughtful, vibrant, active and much-admired leader in Chicago’s theatre community. There is no doubt in my mind that the Green Bay area will benefit from her passion, energy and commitment to the arts.” – David Schmitz, Executive Director, Steppenwolf Theater Company

“Kelli blends a passion for the performing arts (in their many forms) with an awareness of audience needs and the business of running a theater.” – Phillip Bahar, Executive Director, Chicago Humanities Festival

“An energetic and experienced leader, Kelli will be a wonderful addition to the Green Bay arts scene.” – Esther Grimm, Executive Director, 3Arts

“Kelli is a visionary leader, passionate and forward looking.” – Jennifer Bilfield, President and CEO, Washington Performing Arts Society

“Ms. Strickland’s leadership style is pragmatically collaborative, open to ideas of priorities and of means to accomplish priorities, incorporating decision making grounded in data, leavened with a sense of humor.”- Stephen Johnson, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Raven Theatre

“Kelli demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities through: Strategic thinking that incorporates pragmatic approaches to visionary objectives; Clear communication of plans and goals; effective engagement of stakeholders; skillful management of diverse personalities; willingness to accommodate disparate points of view; readiness to adjust previously agreed plans when necessary; laser focus on organization mission and values; and continuous application of lessons learned.” – Deborah Oestreicher, President, Board of Directors, The Hypocrites

“Kelli is one of the most talented arts administrators I know, with an unusual combination of both deep artistic knowledge and experience and an incredible command of arts strategy. This is a big loss for Chicago and a huge gain for Green Bay.” – Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, Illinois Humanities Council

UW-Green Bay Welcomes the United States Army Field Band – Jazz Ambassadors

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September 226, 2017

The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

This is a free event with general admission seating. All patrons must have a printed ticket for entrance to the theatre. To submit an online request for free tickets (limit 6 per order) or for more information please visit WeidnerCenter.com. To pick up your tickets in-person visit Ticket Star at the Resch Center or at the University Ticketing and Information Center located in the UW – Green Bay University Union. To obtain free tickets by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:

ATTN: Jazz Ambassadors Tickets
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts/UW-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI  54311

STOMP Returns to the Weidner Center on November 2

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September 20, 2017

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Green Bay, WI at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale Friday, September 22 at 1 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.weidnercenter.com, in person at all Ticket Star locations, or by phone at 800.895.0071.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; next year/this year (depending on when release goes out), it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…

STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award®), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.

In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud, noteworthy TV appearances including The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials.

The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle declares “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims: “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune.

Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey Reunite for the Celebrate Christmas Tour

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August 23, 2017

Award-winning artists Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey will ring in the holiday season together again this year on the Celebrate Christmas Tour, presented by Medi-Share, a national healthcare-sharing organization. Following a successful run of Christmas dates in 2016 where they performed for multiple sell-out crowds, Natalie and Danny will co-bill their popular Christmas tour again this season, sharing the stage each night in a fully integrated set. The show stops at the Weidner Center on Saturday, December 2, 2017, for one show at 7pm.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11am through Ticket Star.

Launching Nov. 30, the Celebrate Christmas Tour is scheduled to hit 12 cities across the U.S., including stops in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri before concluding Dec. 17. Ticket information for the Celebrate Christmas Tour is available at www.CelebrateChristmasTour.com.

A six-time Grammy nominee and five-time Dove Award-winning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant and eight-time Dove nominee and two-time K-LOVE Male Artist of the Year (2016 and 2017) Danny Gokey are a quintessential vocal pairing, setting the stage for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Under the musical direction of Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Bernie Herms (Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey) the Celebrate Christmas Tour will allow Grant and Gokey to craft a collaborative set as they perform a combination of Christmas classics along with selections from Grant’s critically-acclaimed, soulful-tinged Christmas project Believe, and Gokey’s Dove Award-winning album Christmas Is Here. Selections will include favorites like “O Holy Night,” “Joy To The World,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and more.

“I’m so excited to be doing the Celebrate Christmas Tour with Danny again this year,” says Natalie. “I especially love it because the entire evening is collaborative, which makes it very unique not only for us as performers, but for the audience as well. And Christmas music is my favorite, so I can’t wait!”

“I’m really looking forward to this tour,” Danny adds. “It’s actually my favorite of the year! (Can I say that? Ha-ha!) I love singing with Natalie and I think we’ve created such a fun, interactive night that really celebrates all aspects of the season. Christmastime captures the wonder of God’s gift to us and also the kindness of the human spirit. I think that is all reflected in the music we’re going to be doing each night!”

ABOUT NATALIE GRANT
Six-time Grammy nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year five times and she has had multiple #1s on the Billboard chart. Beyond her music career, Natalie has been an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking since 2005. She co-founded Hope for Justice International, which identifies and rescues victims of trafficking and then provides them with complete restorative care. The organization now has eight offices spanning four countries and three continents. Though she is a Seattle native, Natalie makes her home in Nashville with her husband, producer/songwriter Bernie Herms, and their three children: twins Grace and Bella, and their youngest, Sadie.

ABOUT DANNY GOKEY
Dove Award Winner and two time KLOVE Male Artist of the Year, Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season Eight of American Idol. Following Idol, Gokey released his debut album, My Best Days, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Since that time, Danny has celebrated a series of #1s including his follow-up album release Hope In Front of Me, his latest full album release Rise, and his first Award-winning holiday album, Christmas Is Here. Spawning singles like “Hope In Front of Me,” “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again,” “Rise” and his single “The Comeback,” Danny has cemented his place on the radio charts with multi-week, multi-chart #1 runs both in the United States and in Canada. Gokey’s hit single “Rise” and his newest single “The Comeback” have recently been released in Europe.

Danny is the founder of Sophia’s Heart, an organization established in 2008 in honor of his late wife, who passed away from a heart condition just prior to his time on American Idol. Gokey is a native of Milwaukee and currently lives in Nashville with his wife, Leyicet and their two children. The couple is currently expecting their third child in Fall of 2017.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN CARE MINISTRY
Florida-based Christian Care Ministry operates the Medi-Share health care sharing program, through which members voluntarily and directly share each other’s medical bills. Since the program’s inception in 1993, Medi-Share members have shared more than $1.2 billion in medical bills. And, because of access to an extensive network of more than 700,000 health care providers, members have saved an additional $690 million in medical costs during that time. Medi-Share has more than 300,000 members nationwide. More than just health care, Christian Care Ministry is a community of people who share their lives, faith, talents, resources and pray for and encourage one another. For more information, visit MyChristianCare.org/Medi-Share.

The Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00pm

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August 9, 2017

The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to present one of the world’s most famous ballets – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00pm at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This full-length classical production features the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and marks the first time the Russian Grand Ballet has ever performed in Green Bay. The Weidner Center show is a part of 2017 US Tour. www.RussianGrandBallet.com

Tickets are on sale Monday, August 14 at 11 am. Prices start at $23 and can be purchased online at www.weidnercenter.com, in person at all Ticket Star locations, or by phone at 800.895.0071.

Swan Lake features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars. Founded by graduates of the great choreographic academies of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and
Kiev, and steeped in the history of classical Russian ballet, Russian Grand Ballet has been bringing most beloved full-length classics to audiences around the world since 2005.

Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded to include a corps de ballet of over fifty dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principle roles. This year marks the company’s third North American tour with visits to 60 cities across the United States, and the presentation of two masterworks that define the art form – The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

For more marketing information contact: Gulya Hartwick / 347.901.3042 / hartwick.g@gmail.com