2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

November
15     The Berenstain Bears Live!
28     Frindle

January
31     How I Became a Pirate

February
21     Skippyjon Jones

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

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

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

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

How To Make Reservations for the 2012-2013 Series:
All information about the 2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center can be found online at http://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. All tickets are $7.

More Press for Weidner Center Reinvigoration Plans

Fox Cities Magazine featured the reinvigoration of the Weidner Center for the Performing arts in its Spring 2012 Arts Guide, outlining changes on the horizon and interviewing director of programming Kate Green.

Officials are expected to release the Weidner’s 2012-13 lineup, which will consist of 14 to 18 performances (including two Broadway shows) this spring.

Read the magazine story (scroll down to page 21)

University Weighs Weidner Center Plans

The process of reinvigorating the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts took another step forward Dec. 1 and 2 as UW-Green Bay held meetings with key stakeholders who are looking to the facility’s future.

Joined by consultant Steve Carignan of the Gallagher Bluedorn Center at the University of Northern Iowa, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden presented elements of a draft proposal during the sessions, which were attended by Weidner Center Presents board members, donors, ushers, ticket holders and other invited campus and community groups.

Harden presented a draft budget plan and tentative staffing levels for the center, noting that broad-based support — from ticket sales, philanthropy and the University — will be important moving forward.

Next steps for the Weidner include hiring its executive director, completing programming for the 2012-13 season — when the facility will celebrate its twentieth anniversary — and launching marketing and fundraising operations to build toward the goal of a self-supporting facility.

Read more at UW-Green Bay’s Inside Blog: http://blog.uwgb.edu/inside/index.php/log-news/headlines/12/02/university-shares-ideas-for-revitalizing-weidner-center/

Weidner Center Revitalization Takes Key Steps Forward

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is taking the next steps in its plan to revitalize the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, presenting elements of a draft proposal to key stakeholder groups Thursday, Dec. 1 and Friday, Dec. 2.

UW-Green Bay officials established a set of priorities that include serving the University’s academic mission, using programming to engage diverse demographic groups, increasing access to the Weidner throughout greater Green Bay and re-branding the Weidner as an arts event epicenter.

Officials plan to release the Weidner Center’s 2012-13 lineup this spring, Green said.

Read more at UW-Green Bay’s Inside Blog: http://blog.uwgb.edu/inside/index.php/log-news/headlines/11/30/weidner-center-revitalization-11165/