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

The Champions of Magic: Direct from London Tour in Green Bay on October 25, at 7:30pm – Tickets On Sale Now!

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July 28, 2017

Tickets are on sale now for the Champions of Magic at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on October 25, 2017, at 7:30pm. The five world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic come to the USA for the first time following four years touring the UK with sold out shows, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations.

With over 20 million online views between them, this cast of Britain’s top magicians includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on The CW’s ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us,’ CNN’s ‘A Quest For Magic’ and NBC’s ‘Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon.’

Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

Described by the British Press as “a spectacular family show” (Heart FM) and “slick, clever, funny and amazing” (Hereford Times) Champions Of Magic has been seen by thousands across the UK and in Fall 2017 US audiences will get their first chance to see why British fans return to see the country’s biggest touring illusion show time and time again.

The Sussex Newspaper said “Quite simply, mind blowing. I urge you to quickly get whatever tickets are still available because Champions of Magic is a show that has to be seen to be disbelieved… five stars!”

The Western Mail declared “Move over David Blaine, there’s a host of new magicians in town. With a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic.”

The Hereford Times called the team “The UK’s top illusionists… fast becoming household names with their high energy and spectacular tricks… theirs is a pulse racing performance like no other.”

Tickets to On Sale this Thursday at 11am for the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season

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July 18, 2017

Tickets for the 2017-2018 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season will go on sale this Thursday, July 20 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 kicks off in October with The Simon & Garfunkel Story. This 50th Anniversary celebration features a full band, huge projection photos and original film footage. Patron favorites, Jerry Seinfeld, Holiday Pops, Doctors in Recital and Riverdance 20 Years return this season. Highlights of the season include the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier® Award-winning Best Musical the Jersey Boys. This season includes a “first” for the The Green Bay Civic Symphony, in collaboration with the UW-Green Bay Music program, as they present Verdi’s Requiem.

The 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season line-up is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAW Patrol Live! (Tickets on sale in September)
Saturday, February 17, 2018 • 10:00am & 2:00pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018 • 10:00am & 2:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets can be ordered online at WeidnerCenter.com, by calling 800-895-0071 or in person at all Ticket Star locations. Groups of 10 or more can order now by calling Ticket Star at 920-405-1249. All ticketing information is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

Jerry Seinfeld to Appear On Stage at the Weidner Center

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July 17, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld to Appear On Stage at the Weidner Center on Friday, January 26 at 7pm. Tickets On Sale Thursday, July 20 at 11am!

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2017.  Tickets available online at www.WeidnerCenter.com, Ticket Star Outlets or charge by phone 920-494-3401 or 1-800-895-0071.

2017-2018 Performing Arts Season Announcement

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May 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University Music and Theatre Unveil Dynamic Programs

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

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

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

2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Music Season

OCTOBER 2017

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

NOVEMBER 2017

21   Jazz Ensembles*

DECEMBER 2017

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

JANUARY 2018

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

FEBRUARY 2018

10  Annual Honors Recital

MARCH 2018

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

 APRIL 2018

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

MAY 2018

Chamber Ensembles*
Jazz Ensembles*

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

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

2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Theatre Season

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

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

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

Danceworks
April 7, 8, 2018

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

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Tour – August 6!

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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

2017-2018 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

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May 12, 2017

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2017-2018 Stage Doors Education Series. This new season builds on the growing and successful Stage Doors Education Series. The Stage Doors Education Series provides meaningful educational opportunities for students travelling from over 63 cities and 21 counties throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the June announcement of the 2017-2018 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The 2017-2018 Stage Doors Education Series kicks off in November 2017 and extends through April 2018, featuring nine titles and a total of 18 performances.  This season brings to the Weidner Center national and international touring shows to Green Bay. 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.

The Weidner Center continues its educational partnership with The Children’s Museum of Green Bay, Heritage Hill State Historical Park and The National Railroad Museum. This year the Weidner Center excited to announce another educational partnership with the Neville Pubic Museum. Students attending select performances have the option to participate in a full day of activities, interactive learning and special hands-on projects related to each show.

The following is the full 2017-2018 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.

November
29   Pete the Cat

January
25    The Science of Magic with Bill Blagg

February
6      Mad River Theatre Works – Freedom Riders
26    Nugget & Fang

March
5      Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
15    Guess How Much I Love You

April
6      Go, Dog. Go!
12    Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
26    My Heart in a Suitcase

The annual Stage Doors Education Series is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and is made possible by the generous support of the George F. Kress Foundation and Green Bay Packaging Inc., Morgan Stanley Foundation, The Schanock Family Foundation, Open-Sense Solutions LLC, and KHROME.

How To Make Reservations for the 2017-2018 Series:
All information about the 2017-2018 Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center can be found online at www.WeidnerCenter.com. 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. Show tickets are $7, package tickets with area partners are $10. Information, study guides, policies, scholarship applications and registration forms can be downloaded at www.WeidnerCenter.com.  For brochure requests and questions, please call (920) 465-5100.

Lily Tomlin Performance Canceled

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May 11, 2017

Regrettably the fall date for An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin has been canceled. With the increased demand related to her successful Netflix series Grace and Frankie the 2017 fall date is no longer possible. The show was scheduled at the Weidner Center for October 7, 2017. Both sides worked in earnest to try and find a re-scheduled date, even waiting until the Packer schedule was announced to explore every possibility.  We understand from Lily’s management she’s disappointed this has not worked out, and of course we are as well. 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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.