truTV’s Impractical Jokers – Second Show Added!

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2016

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

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

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2016

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

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

Ages 16+ Recommended

ONCE Local Singer/Songwriter Contest Winner Announced!

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Songs, Stools and Stories Announced for April 4 at 7:30pm

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 5, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) — The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present an event that brings to life the creative explosion that was country music in the 90’s! The Voice of LONESTAR – Richie McDonald; Grammy Award winner Suzy Bogguss; the Voice of RESTLESS HEART – Larry Stewart and Grammy Award winner Billy Dean come together on the same stage for one unforgettable night of “Songs, Stools & Stories.” On Monday, April 4 at 7:30pm you’ll get an intimate glimpse into the lives of the hit makers and their songs. Tickets will go on sale to the general public February 12 at 11:00am. Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations.

Richie McDonald has long been one of music’s most accomplished and wide-ranging talents. Recognized as one of country’s best singers and a polished and engaging entertainer, McDonald is the face and voice of LONESTAR, ranked among the genre’s preeminent groups.  As one of the industry’s most successful songwriters, he has penned some of the era’s most memorable songs and earned a mantle full of awards and nominations.

Suzy Bogguss joined the church choir at age 5, she then added piano, drums and guitar to her repertoire. Soon she was singing in musicals…it never occurred to her that her future was on stage. But the long list of industry awards including her Grammy – prove that on stage is exactly where Suzy belongs!

Larry Stewart, an American country music icon is best known for his role as lead singer of the country group RESTLESS HEART. The voice you have heard on a slew of top 10’s and number one hits has also garnered Grammy, CMA and ACM awards and nominations.

Billy Dean’s insightful songwriting, clear and distinctive voice and masterful instrumental gifts have not only earned him ACM awards, CMA awards and a Grammy, but also countless devoted fans. His appeal reaches beyond the music world. He has appeared on numerous TV shows as well as made-for TV movies. Billy transcends genres and generations alike – he is loved by the entire family!

Combined, these artists represent over 60 top 10 songs and over 25 Number One Hits. They take the stage together and perform their hits, intermixed with stories about the songs and their careers.

L.A. Theatre Works Bram Stoker’s Dracula February 2, 2016 Has Been Cancelled

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 2, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Due to the declining weather conditions, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the cancellation of L.A. Theatre Works – BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM. The performance will not be rescheduled.

Ticket purchasers are able to evenly exchange their tickets for one of the following upcoming performances by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071:

Celtic Nights – Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
The Peking Acrobats – Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm
Post Secret – Saturday, February 27 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Mnozil Brass – Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30pm

Individuals not wishing to exchange their tickets may elect to receive a full refund. Those who purchased tickets with a credit card will have it automatically credited February 16, 2016. Those who purchased tickets with cash or check can bring their tickets to the Ticket Star box office at the Resch Center, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay, or send them to: Ticket Star, P.O. Box 10567, Green Bay, WI, 54307. For more information regarding tickets, please contact Ticket Star at 800-895-0071.

ONCE Local Singer/Songwriter Contest and Showcase

FOR RELEASE:
January 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

VOCALOSITY – The ACA-Perfect Concert Experience!

FOR RELEASE:
January 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2015-16 Performing Arts Season starts October 9!

FOR  RELEASE:
September 24, 2015

(Green Bay, WI) – Friday, October 9 kicks off the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season with improv comedy and ends the month with classic 60s hits.  Comedy, country a cappella, traditional Celtic music, a Broadway musical showstopper, and a 60s classics fan favorite vocal group all light up the stage for audiences to enjoy.

Tickets for the October shows and more from the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season are on sale now.  Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at all Ticket Star locations.

Whose Live Anyway?                                                             Friday, October 9, 7:30pm

Whose Live Anyway? will be at the Weidner Center October 9 at 7:30pm starring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and special guest Joel Murray from the TV show “Mad Men.”  A night of improv, comedy, and audience participation that will include games from the Emmy® Nominated hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and many new games not seen before.

Home Free                                                                         Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm

The country a cappella group Home Free will be on tour in support of their new album entitled Country Evolution.  These winners of the NBC TV show “The Sing-off” will display their well-known performance energy on their Don’t It Feel Good Tour on October 10 at 7:30pm at the Weidner Center.

Celtic Woman                                                                    Wednesday, October 14, 7pm   

On October 14, 7pm, at the Weidner Center Celtic Woman will be celebrating their 10th anniversary alongside a new vocalist, Éabha McMahon, and special guests The Celtic Tenors.  Touring with Celtic Woman is a 15-member ensemble including Irish dancers, bagpipers, and a full band playing traditional Celtic instruments.  They will be singing classic Irish songs like “Danny Boy” and “Mo Ghile Mhear” as well as contemporary songs like “You Raise Me Up.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat         Tuesday, October 20, 7:30pm

A family musical created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be at the Weidner Center on October 20 at 7:30pm.  This version has been updated for a 2015 audience by blending pop, country, and rock into the biblical story while maintaining the classic original’s wit and songs.

The Midtown Men                                                              Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm

The Midtown Men, a vocal group inspired by the classic songs of the 1960s, is composed of four stars from the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, Tony® Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer.  On October 27 at 7:30 pm Midtown Men will be playing at the Weidner Center singing such hits as “Ain’t That Peculiar” by Marvin Gaye and “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles.

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

FOR  RELEASE:
August, 12, 2015

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

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

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

The 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

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

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

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

FOR  RELEASE:
August, 12, 2015                                                                                  

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

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

FOR RELEASE:
August 5, 2015   
                                                                               

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

2015-2016 Performing Arts Season Announced

FOR RELEASE:
June 24, 2015

(Green Bay, WI) – The 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season extends the recent success of the Weidner Center as a destination venue for the best of Broadway, music, legendary acts, comedy, family entertainment and so much more. UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced its new season June 24 during a special event for patrons, friends and the campus community.

The season starts on Friday, October 9 with Whose Live Anyway? with an all new show.  Highlights of the season include the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and eight-time Tony® Award-Winner Once. “The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable evening with Cary Elwes” is a highly anticipated event during which actor Cary Elwes will bring a behind-the-scenes look of the classic film.  A wide assortment of musical acts from the legendary Ronnie Milsap, to popular country group Home Free, to the aca-perfect concert experience of Vocalosity, and with music from the sixties – The Midtown Men.

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

“The variety of genres offered this season, including theatrical performances, comedy, concerts, musicals, and more, engages a wide scope of talents and interests,” said Weidner Center Executive Director Kate Green.  “Thanks to the continued input from our patrons and members of the community, we’ve developed another fantastic season of performances that we’re delighted to share.”

The 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

  • Whose Live Anyway?
    Friday, October 9, 7:30pm
  • Home Free
    Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm
  • Celtic Woman
    Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Tuesday, October 20, 7:30pm
  • Ronnie Milsap
    Sunday, October 25, 3:00pm
  • The Midtown Men
    Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm
  • Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk
    Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
  • It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
    Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm & Friday, November 20, 7:30pm
  • The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening With Cary Elwes
    Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
    Saturday, November 28, 7:30pm
  • Holiday Pops
    Friday, December 11, 7:30pm & Saturday, December 12, 2:30pm
  • Doctors in Recital
    Saturday, January 16, 7:00pm
  • Vocalosity
    Friday, January 22, 7:30pm
  • Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
    Saturday, January 30, 11:00am
  • L.A. Theatre Works – Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    Tuesday, February 2, 7:30pm
  • Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom – Celebrating 100 Years
    Friday, February 12, 7:30pm
  • The Peking Acrobats – 30th Anniversary Tour
    Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
  • ONCE
    Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm
  • PostSecret: The Show
    Saturday, February 27, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Dancing in the Streets
    Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm
  • Wild Kratts Live!
    Friday, April 8, 7:00pm
  • Mnozil Brass
    Tuesday, April 12, 7:30pm
  • RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles
    Sunday, May 1, 7:30pm
  • Joe Bonamassa
    Thursday, May 12, 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, 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 August 14 when single tickets go on sale to the general public.

Special dates to note: Single tickets to Celtic Woman will be available on July 1 at 11 am, single ticket orders for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis will be available July 24 at 11 am, and Joe Bonamassa will have a special on sale date later this fall.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, and the Weidner Center joins the year-long campus celebration!  Make plans for three nights out with family and friends.   For only $50, you receive a ticket to these fantastic national and international touring performances: Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk, L.A. Theatre Works Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Mnozil Brass. Ticketing information for this offer will be online at WeidnerCenter.com and by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071.  More information about how UW-Green Bay is celebrating its 50th Anniversary available at 50.UWGB.edu.

2015-2016 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2015

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2015-2016 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students traveling from over 61 cities and 23 counties throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The 2015-2016 series kicks off in November 2015 and extends through April 2016, featuring 10 titles and a total of 19 performances.  This season brings to the Weidner Center national and international touring shows, along with a special production by the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Theatre department.  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.  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.  Four events in the series, Dog Loves Books, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, Skippyjon Jones Snow What and Chicken Dance are part of the program this season.

The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the June announcement of the 2015-2016 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The following is the full 2015-2016 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm with the exception of Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk with one performance at 12:30 pm.

November
3          Dog Loves Books
6          Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk

January
29        Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

February
11        Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks
23        Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic

March
3          Skippyjon Jones Snow What

April
5          Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
6          Chicken Dance
20        Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
26        The Lightning Thief

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., Robert W. Baird & Company Inc., James and Marty Liethen, The Humana Foundation, Egan Family Foundation – Little Rapids Corp., Open-Sense Solutions LLC, and KHROME.

How To Make Reservations for the 2015-2016 Series:

All information about the 2015-2016 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, and the collaborative performance with the UW – Green Bay Theatre department of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse will have a $5 ticket price. 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.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Concert Just Announced for March 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 23, 2015

The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm. The Army Field Band’s concert in Green Bay is sponsored by the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

For additional information about the Army Field Band’s performance in Green Bay and to obtain free general admission tickets, please visit the Army Band concert event page. Groups of 10 or more with special requests please contact the Weidner Center at weidner@uwgb.edu.

Mythbusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed – April 14 at 7:30pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 30, 2015

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that the all-new live show MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED!, starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” debuts at the Weidner Center in Green Bay for one night only on April 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 6 at 11 am.

MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, exciting videos, and behind-the-scenes stories.   With this show, fans join Jamie and Adam onstage to assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approaches to science. MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.

Since 2012, Jamie and Adam have toured North America, Australia and New Zealand with their live show. To date, they have performed in 91 cities, given 102 performances, over 200,000 people have seen them onstage and the tour has grossed over $12 million. This April, the tour will perform 17 dates across the US.

One of the most highly regarded and watched series on the Discovery Channel, “MythBusters” is now in its thirteenth season. Co-hosted by Hyneman and Savage, the show mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create its own signature style of explosive experimentation – and the supporting or de-bunking of urban myths that we live with day to day.

Jamie and Adam have become spokespersons at large for applying science to real life – most recently as hosts of the Discovery Channel special “iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World,” and have appeared on numerous shows including “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning America,” “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Colbert Report,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” “Countdown with Keith Olberman,” and many more. They were invited to participate in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Fear And/Or Sanity and have received the Young Artist Award for inspiring young people in the interest of science. The MythBusters have been invited to participate on a panel at Comic-Con, where their appearances have sold-out four years running.

Jamie and Adam serve as guest editors for Popular Mechanics and were featured on the cover of the September 2009 issue. That same year, they were inducted as honorary members into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. They are Honorary Lifetime Members of the California Science Teachers Association and were named Honorary Engineers and Honorary Members of the Francis Crowe Society at the University of Maine. Both Hyneman and Savage were given honorary Doctorates at the University of Twente in the Netherlands for their efforts at popularization of science.

Jamie and Adam produced and starred in an H1N1 Public Service Announcement for the White House, and were chosen by the President to retest the Archimedes legend using 500 schoolchildren as surrogate soldiers.

They appeared as themselves in the movie Darwin Awards and have made several cameos on other TV shows, including CSI. And In 2010, Hyneman and Savage received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Harvard Secular Society. 

About Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage

Jamie Hyneman is the owner of M5 Industries, an effects company specializing in problematic custom builds. Besides serving as headquarters of “MythBusters,” M5 continues to work on various research & development projects for private clients.

After trying his hand at careers as various as librarian at the United Nations in Geneva to running a diving and sailing charter business in the Caribbean, Hyneman began his career in show business as special effects shop assistant in New York and later in San Francisco as a crew member on films including “Robocop,” “Arachnophobia” and “Naked Lunch.”

While managing Colossal Pictures’ model shop in San Francisco, Hyneman was given the opportunity to take over – and M5 Industries was born.

Hyneman graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Russian. He has received an honorary engineering degree from the University of Maine as well as an honorary doctorate of engineering from Villanova University, with whom he has an ongoing collaborative relationship to help develop new safety concepts for the military. He is the holder of several patents and the winner of numerous industry awards.

Hyneman currently resides the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.

Adam Savage received a call from Jamie Hyneman in 2002 to participate in a demo for a TV show, which turned into the wildly popular Discovery Channel & SBS series “MythBusters.”

Savage immersed himself in the NYC arts scene before moving to San Francisco in 1990 to parlay his skills into the thriving theater scene. There he worked for dozens of companies as set designer, prop master, art director and producer before falling into the machine art community where he learned welding, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics and robot-building.

After exhibiting his work in over 50 art shows nationwide, Savage caught the eye of the special effects industry and began working as a prop builder and art director for major commercials for Sega, Coca-Cola, Nike, Burger King and Chevrolet. His work on a Coca-Cola commercial earned him a Clio Award nomination.

After a 18-month stint as head of research & development for startup toy company ZOOB, Savage joined George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on “Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Space Cowboys,” “A.I.,” “Terminator 3,” “The Mummy,” and dozens of commercials. During this time he also worked as model-shop supervisor for the two “Matrix” sequels as well as taught at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

Savage continues to dabble in his multiple hobbies, including passionately restoring his vintage four-wheel drive vehicle and accruing new pieces for his movie prop collection. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, twin boys and two dogs.

About MagicSpace Entertainment
Principals Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath have been producing and presenting shows worldwide for over 30 years. “We have had the pleasure and privilege of producing and presenting many great shows and tours over the years,” says Lee Marshall, MagicSpace CEO. “Our strength has always been the ability to find great opportunities that do not fit into any pre-conceived template. We get excited about projects, which have the potential to find an audience. It doesn’t matter to us if the show is a concert tour, an exhibition, an arena spectacle or a Broadway musical. Our strength is finding new opportunities and then paying a great deal of attention to how they are managed. We feel we are uniquely positioned to thrive in the current marketplace where traditional formulas and business models are thrown out and new ones need to be invented daily.”

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Ticket Star at 920-405-1249.  Tickets go on sale to the public on February 6 at 11 am. Tickets available at Ticket Star locations, by phone at 1-800-895-0071 or online at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

John Mellencamp Sets Out On Plain Spoken Tour – First Leg of Tour Kicks Off

New York, NY (January 28, 2015) – After kicking off his Plain Spoken Tour with sold out shows in South Bend, IN, Louisville, Cincinnati and two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Theatre, John Mellencamp will crisscross North America for a total of 80 shows, hitting his hometown of Bloomington, as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, four nights in New York, and multiple dates across Canada. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will continue through August and features special guest Carlene Carter. Tickets and VIP packages for the “Voice of the Heartland’s” 2015 tour are selling out quick – fans can purchase available tickets for the Plain Spoken Tour at JohnMellencamp.com.

Accolades for the tour’s opening night are already pouring in: “For this opening-night performance, both Mellencamp and Carter came out confident and purposeful, ready for the 79 dates ahead to mine the roots of American music and investigate what it means to live and die.” – South Bend Tribune

“Friday night at a sold-out Louisville Palace, the 63-year-old Mellencamp had his share of fun — he’s always been a consummate showman — but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive.” – Louisville Courier-Journal

“John Mellencamp’s sold-out Plain Spoken Tour stop at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati felt more like 3,300 old friends getting back together rather than 3,300 strangers meeting for a night of music–that’s the effect of Mellencamp’s music. It feels good and familiar, like going back home after being away for years; and Saturday night, it felt damn good to all that attended.” – Out of the Blue

The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner released Plain Spoken September 23, one of the most lauded records of his career, to rave reviews. Fans will receive a digital download of Plain Spoken with their ticket purchase.

Praise for Plain Spoken:

“Folk-rock and philosophy are the makings of John Mellencamp’s new album, Plain Spoken. The music looks back towards Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks, with strummed guitars, and brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom, and mortality – the concerns of a songwriter acting his age.”  – New York Times

“Rugged, rural and packed with an aging rocker’s gimmick-free reflections on life and hope Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp’s “lifetime contract” with Republic. The stark, soul- baring lead single, “Troubled Man” like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp’s last two project’s 2010’s No Better Than This and 2008’s Life, Death Love and Freedom.” – BILLBOARD

“Hemingway-esque”  – Philadelphia Inquirer

PLAIN SPOKEN TOUR DATES

January 30           Columbus, OH                       Mershon Auditorium
January 31            Cleveland, OH                        Playhouse Square – Palace Theatre
February 3-4        Bloomington, IN                    Indiana University Auditorium
February 9            Green Bay, WI                        Weidner Center
February 11-12     Minneapolis, MN                   Northrop Auditorium
February 14          Kansas City, MO                     Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
February 15          Des Moines, IA                        Des Moines Civic Center
February 17-18     Chicago, IL                              Chicago Theatre
March 5                 San Antonio, TX                     Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
March 7                 Dallas, TX                                McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
March 8                 Austin, TX                               Bass Concert Hall
March  10              New Orleans, LA                    Saenger Theatre
March 12               Birmingham, AL                     BJCC Concert Hall
March 13               Atlanta, GA                              Fox Theatre
March 15               Jacksonville, FL                      Moran Theater
March 17                Ft. Lauderdale, FL                 Broward Center for the Performing Arts
March 19-20         Clearwater, FL                        Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 22               Orlando, FL                            Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 24               Columbia, SC                          The Township Auditorium
March 26               North Charleston, SC            North Charleston PAC
March 27               Charlotte, NC                          Ovens Auditorium
March 29               Norfolk, VA                             Norfolk Scope Arena – Chrysler Hall
March 31               Durham, NC                            Durham PAC
April 15                  Boston, MA                             Citi PAC Wang Theatre
April 16                  Providence, RI                       Providence PAC
April 18                  Red Bank, NJ                         Count Basie Theatre
April 20-21             New York, NY                        Carnegie Hall
April 23-24             New York, NY                        Apollo Theatre
April 26                  Washington, DC                    DAR Constitution Hall
April 29                  Hamilton, ON                        Hamilton Place Theatre
May 1-2                  Toronto, ON                           Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 5                     Quebec City, QC                    Grand Theatre
May 6                     Montreal, QC                         St. Denis Theatre
May 8                     Syracuse, NY                          Landmark Theatre
May 9                     Buffalo, NY                             Shea’s PAC
May 12                   Pittsburgh, PA                        Benedum Center
May 27                   Evansville, IN                         Old National Events Plaza
May 29                   St. Louis, MO                         Peabody Opera House
May 30                   Rockford, IL                           Coronado PAC
June 2                    Madison, WI                            Overture Center for the Arts
June 3                    Peoria, IL                                 Peoria Civic Center Theatre
June 5                    Milwaukee, WI                        Milwaukee Riverside Theater
June 6                    Fort Wayne, IN                      Embassy Theatre
June 9                    Grand Rapids, MI                  DeVos Performance Hall
June 10                  Detroit, MI                              Detroit Opera House
June 12                  Baltimore, MD                        Modell PAC at The Lyric
June 13                  Richmond, VA                         Altria Theater
June 16                  Philadelphia, PA                     Merriam Theatre
June 17                  Roanoke, VA                            Roanoke Civic Center Theatre
June 19                  Savannah, GA                          Johnny Mercer Theatre
June 20                  Augusta, GA                             William B. Bell Auditorium
June 23                  Memphis, TN                           Orpheum Theatre
July 8                      Winnipeg, MB                         Centennial Concert Hall
July 10-11               Regina, SK                                Conexus Arts Centre
July 13                    Saskatoon, SK                          TCU Place
July 15                    Calgary, AB                              Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
July 18                    Vancouver, BC                        Queen Elizabeth Theatre
July 19                    Seattle, WA                              Benaroya Hall
July 21                    Portland, OR                           Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 23                    Fresno, CA                               William Saroyan Theatre
July 25                    Oakland, CA                            Oakland Paramount Theatre of the Arts
July 26                    Sacramento, CA                      Sacramento Community Theatre
July 28                    Los Angeles, CA                      Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
July 29                    Phoenix, AZ                             Comerica Theater
July 31                    Denver, CO                               Ellie Caulkins Opera House
August 2                 Omaha, NE                               Orpheum Theatre
August 4                 Indianapolis, IN                      Bankers Life Fieldhouse

JOHN MELLENCAMP  Mellencamp’s  career  in music, spanning  more  than  35  years, has  seen  him  transition  from  pop star  to  one  of  the  most  highly regarded songwriters of a generation.  The Voice of The Heartland continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken—the first new music from the artist since 2010’s critically acclaimed No Better Than ThisPlain Spoken is John’s 22nd full length album.  Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP  Foundation’s Champion  Award,  The Woody Guthrie Award,  and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world.  The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has  addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.  The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music.   The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett.  This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The Musical is currently on tour in North America. An 80-city tour in North American and Canada  begins in January 2015. His final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org).  Also an accomplished painter, his one-man show The Paintings of John Mellencamp is currently on view at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA from January 17 to April 12, 2015.

Tour Publicist:
Kristen Foster
PMK BNC
Kristen.foster@pmkbnc.com

Gabriel Iglesias Unity Through Laughter Tour Just Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 15, 2014

GABRIEL IGLESIAS BRINGS HIS UNITY THROUGH LAUGHTER TOUR TO THE WEIDNER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015. TICKETS ON SALE DECEMBER 19 AT 11 AM

Born in Chula Vista, California, Gabriel Iglesias is the youngest of six children, raised by a single mother. Growing up, the family lived in Section 8 housing in Long Beach, CA. It was during his childhood that he developed a strong sense of humor to deal with the obstacles he faced. In 1997, he set out to hone his comedic skills and performed stand-up anywhere he could find an audience, including biker bars and hole in the wall joints. He never could have foreseen the incredible success he has experienced.

Today, Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out concerts across the United States and Internationally. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.

On July 11, 2014 Iglesias’s highly anticipated stand-up comedy film, The Fluffy Movie (Open Road Films) hit theaters. Following the release of The Fluffy Movie, Gabriel appeared in 20th Century Fox’s animated film The Book of Life alongside Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum. In the summer of 2014, Comedy Central aired season 3 of Gabriel’s hit series “Stand- Up Revolution,” which features comedians that he personally selected. Gabriel will begin production on the highly anticipated sequel to the box office hit Magic Mike, reprising his role as Tobias with Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum. Magic Mike XXL will be released July 3, 2015.

Comedy Central premiered “Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy” in an unprecedented two-night comedy special to over 15 million viewers. This was a great follow-up to his previous DVD specials, Hot & Fluffy and I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy, which has sold a combined total of 2 million copies.

Gabriel has recently appeared in A Haunted House 2 and hit animated films The Nut Job and Disney’s Planes. Gabriel was nominated for an ALMA Award; Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act and was top billed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Toronto.

In 2009 and 2010, he headlined the Amman Jordan Comedy Festival. Gabriel’s appeal expands worldwide with sold-out performances in Canada, Australia, Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden & Norway), the U.K., Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Gabriel has also appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Steve Harvey,” “Good Morning America,” Cartoon Network’s “The Annoying Orange” and FOX TV’s “The Family Guy.” Gabriel has also co-hosted the top rated YouTube series Ray William Johnson’s “=3” and “Epic Meal Time.”

Tim Hawkins Performing Live at the Weidner Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 13, 2014

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been forging the magical blend between two comedic ideals: A genuinely funny comedy show that caters to the entire family. Is it realistic? Hawkins believes so. With over 200 million views on YouTube, 120+ sold out shows every year, and a motley crew of 400K+ Facebook fans, Tim has started a gut-busting grassroots revolution of multi-generational proportions, and he’s bringing it to Green Bay for the first time July 19, 2015, performing at the Weidner Center at 7:00pm. Tickets start at $24.

What sets him apart? Some would say it is his equally gifted and twisted approach to the medium. A self-taught guitarist, Hawkins will go note-for-note on everything from Skynyrd to Bon Jovi to Prince, while dishing out flawless vocal imitations of Bono, Jason Aldean, and John Mayer… all within mere minutes. His stand-up material is vigorous, well-timed, and honed to perfection. However, the connection he makes with his fans goes deeper than that: “If you can’t laugh at yourself, laugh at other people.” It is this ability to show the brokenness of our human nature and simultaneously marvel in its hilarity which makes Tim such a unique artist.

With four munchkins of his own and a beautiful wife who is winning her battle with breast cancer, Hawkins develops new material daily by simply absorbing the world around him. The perils of marriage, parenting, and homeschooling may not exemplify the rock-star life, but they sure make for great comedy.

Tim Hawkins
Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 7:00pm
Tickets: $24-44
On-Sale Friday, November 14 at 11:00am
Pre-Sale Wednesday, November 12at 11:00am

Purchase tickets online at WeidnerCenter.com, at the Resch Center box office or by calling 1.800.895.0071. Group discounts available by calling 920.405.1249

Presented by:
High Gear Promotions
highgearpromotions.com
Patrick Gear, Owner
920.241.0099
hgpromotions@new.rr.com

Photos and interviews furnished upon request.  Please direct media inquiries to High Gear Promotions.

Local Youth Cast in Touring Production of Camelot

For Immediate Release
October 8,2014

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Bingham Harper, age 9 of Green Bay, has been cast as Tom of Warwick in the upcoming Green Bay engagement of the 2014/2015 National Tour of Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT.

Bingham is no stranger to the performing arts scene in Green Bay with an already extensive list of credits including theatre, film, and commercial work. He was last seen on stage as Nicky in One for the Road at St. Norbert College, and as Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Evergreen Theatre. Harper’s role in CAMELOT, Tom of Warwick, is a young boy destined to be a Knight.  He wants to fight for what is right and gives Arthur hope for the future.

CAMELOT is already a beloved classic tale, but the addition of a local youth talent to this national production makes it all the more special. Bingham participated in a three-part audition process for the role,” said Weidner Center Executive Director Kate Green. “We saw a lot of great talent on that stage. We’re glad the final selection wasn’t up to us, as we would have had a very hard time of it!”

The 2014/2015 National Tour of Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT reimagines the classic tale of King Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot and GREEN BAY can fall in love all over again with this beloved musical on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 at THE WEIDNER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

Tickets for CAMELOT are on sale now and start at $32. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Star, by visiting WeidnerCenter.com, or by calling 1-800-895-0071.

Broadway’s sweeping tale of passion, pageantry and betrayal is the winner of 4 Tony Awards®, 3 Academy Awards® and has never been more enthralling than in this new production. Intimate and fresh, CAMELOT’S celebrated score includes the classics “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” and the title song, “Camelot.”

CAMELOT features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe and is based on the King Arthur legend adapted from the T.H. White novel The Once and Future King. This all-new production is directed by Michael McFadden and features Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet, Lighting Design by Mike Baldassari and Sound Design by Craig Cassidy.

Taught well by Merlin, King Arthur, with his beautiful new queen Guenevere, rule the kingdom of CAMELOT with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. With the addition of the dashing Sir Lancelot to the Knights of the Round Table, one of the most fabled love triangles of all time ensues. Mordred, King Arthur’s illegitimate son, catches on and sees a kingdom in chaos and attempts to destroy all that is CAMELOT!

The original 1960 production ran on Broadway for 873 performances and spawned several revivals, foreign productions and the 1967 film. The original cast album was America’s top-selling LP for 60 weeks.

The CAMELOT tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment by special arrangement with Tams -Witmark Music Library, Inc. www.phoenix-ent.com or www.tamswitmark.com.

For more information, visit www.camelottour.com.