John Cleese Live On Stage Coming January 23!

FOR RELEASE:
September 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

***Coconuts NOT included in the ticket price.

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

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

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

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

FOR RELEASE:
August 15, 2016

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

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

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

Rescheduled Date for Lily Tomlin

FOR RELEASE:
July 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

FOR RELEASE:
July 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

FOR RELEASE:
June 15, 2016 – 1:00pm

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

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

The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

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

Tickets are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select three or more of the Performing Arts Season events listed above to qualify as a subscriber, Subscribers get to buy before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price on Friday, July 29 when single tickets go on sale to the general public.

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

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit www.loreenamckennitt.com
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2016-2017 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2016

Green Bay, WI  – The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2016-2017 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students travelling from over 67 cities and 23 counties throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The 2016-2017 series kicks off in November 2016 and extends through May 2017, featuring 11 titles and a total of 22 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, Heritage Hill State Historical Park, and adds a new partnership with The National Railroad Museum for the coming year. 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 release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the June announcement of the 2016-2017 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The following is the full 2016-2017 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.

November

4     We the People
10   Doktor Kaboom – LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
16   Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

February

8      Four Score and Seven Years Ago
10    Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
27    Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

March

6      Odd Squad Live
9      Laura Ingalls Wilder
31    Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

April

11    Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

May

3      I Never Saw Another Butterfly presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre

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, Open-Sense Solutions LLC, and KHROME.

How To Make Reservations for the 2016-2017 Series:

All information about the 2016-2017 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 I Never Saw Another Butterfly 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.

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.