17 Jul 19
WFRV Local 5
GREEN BAY, Wis.
Below is more information on “She Loves Me” in
Menasha, “Mama Mia!” in Marinette, “The Hodag & the Scooby Dude” in
Green Bay, “A Girl of the Limberfoot” in Baileys Harbor, “La La
Lucille” in Sturgeon Bay, “Clue The Musical” in Neenah, “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” in Tisch Mills, “The Dig” in Sturgeon Bay, “Mama Mia!” in Chilton, “Singin’ in the
Rain” in De Pere, “Marvelous Wonderettes” in Port Washington, “Roald Dahl’s Willie
Wonka”in Shawano, “A Murder is Announced” in
Fish Creek, We Like It Where?”
“Dairy Heirs” and “Windjammers” in Fish Creek, “The Merry
Wives of Windsor” and “Henry V” in Baileys Harbor… performances involving Green Bay City Band, Birch
Creek Music Performance Center, Peter Mulvey, Phillip Phillips, Mary Bridget
Davies, Pulaski Polka Days, Lyle Lovett, The Righteous Brothers, Appleton City
Band, Tom Segura, De Pere City Band, Emily Wolfe, “The Forst Inn Sings Panic at
the Disco”… news of Midsummer Festival of the Arts.
– In Menasha, Attic Chamber Theatre, Inc. will
present the musical “She Loves Me” July 17-26 in Lucia Baehman Theatre
of UWFox Valley. Performances are at 7 p.m. July 17-20; 2 p.m. July 21; and 7
p.m. July 23-26. According to the website: In a 1930s European perfumery, shop
clerks Amalia and Georg more often than not don’t see eye to eye. After both
respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for
the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains
unknown. Amalia and Georg discover the identity of their true loves and of all
the twists and turns along the way. The show blends music by Jerry Bock and
Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”)
as it showcases a small ensemble cast playing a range of characters of many
– In Marinette Theatre on the Bay will present
the musical “Mamma Mia!” in six performances starting Friday, July
19, in Herbert L. Williams at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette
Campus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 19-20; 2 p.m. July 21; 7:30 p.m.
July 26-27; and 2 p.m. July 28. Info: tinyurl.com/mammamiatob. According to
press releases: The production kicks off Theatre on the Bay’s 53rd season. UW-Green
Bay, Marinette Campus students and community members have been busy rehearsing
for the jukebox musical based on the music of the Swedish pop super-group ABBA.
“It might very well be the fastest-selling show we’ve ever had, said Rebecca
Stone Thornberry, Theatre on the Bay artistic director. “Certainly, it’s the
fastest selling show in the eight years that I’ve been here.” In the story, Sophie
Sheridan (Jacqueline Nutter, Menominee, Mich.) is getting married to Sky (Noah
Steffen, Marinette), but she doesn’t know who is walking her down the aisle.
Sophie has no idea who her father is, and her mother, Donna Sheridan (Jennifer
Rickaby, Marinette) is no help. According to Donna’s diary, three different men
could be Sophie’s dad. Sophie secretly invites all three to the wedding, hoping
to answer her question by bringing them all together at her home on the sunny
Greek island of Kalokairi. Is it Sam Carmichael (Dave Rickaby, Marinette), who
left Donna years ago? Maybe it’s world traveler Bill Austin (Glenn Sellen,
Sobieski)? Could it be headbanger-turned-London banker Harry Bright (James
Porras II, Menominee, Mich.)? Donna’s Summer Nights taverna bustles with
preparations: Sophie’s bridesmaids, Ali (McKenna Carvenough, Amberg) and Lisa
(Michaela Kaiser, Oconto Falls), Sky’s best friends Pepper and Eddie (Bailey
Boutin, Marinette, and Ben Everson, Marinette) and Rosie and Tanya (Kari Moody,
Oconto, and Brittany Welch, Marinette) – once part of Donna’s musical trio, The
Dynamos – are all on hand to help, along with Father Alexandrios (Tristan
Schuh, Menominee, Mich.) to officiate at the wedding. The ensemble cast
includes Lisa Atkinson-LeBoeuf, Marinette; Alyssa Carviou, Marinette; Tyrus
Cretens, Marinette; Hannah Fields, Marinette; Emily Rose Halfmann, Marinette;
Tammela Kirk, Menominee, Mich.; Kendra Krouth, Marinette; Lydia LeBoeuf,
Marinette; Michele Lemire, Menominee, Mich.; Cassidy MacArthur, Marinette;
Travis Meyer, Menominee, Mich.; Annalisa Mines, Peshtigo; Karah Nelson,
Marinette; Colin Nygren, Marinette; Lori Patzke, Menominee, Mich.; Kenan
Pulver, Menominee, Mich.; and Olivia Smith, Peshtigo. The production staff
includes director John Thornberry, Marinette; Brittany Welch and James Porras
II, musical directors, Marinette and Menominee, Mich.; Heather Olsen,
choreography, Menominee, Mich.; Joshua LaLonde, scenic design, Marinette; Chris
Weber, lighting design, Crivitz; Annalisa Mines, costume design, Peshtigo; and
Jared Thomson, stage management, Oconto. Rebecca Stone Thornberry is producer.
Green Bay, Let Me Be Frank Productions will present the original “The
Hodag & the Scooby Dude” July 19-Aug. 20 at the Meyer Theatre. Preview
– In Baileys Harbor, Rogue Theater will
present Marie Kohler’s “A Girl of the Limberfoot” at 7:30 p.m. July
19-20; 2 p.m. July 21; 7:30 p.m. July 26-27; and 2 p.m. July 28 in Baileys
Harbor Town Hall. Info (920) 818-0816. According to a press release: Adapted
from a 1909 novel by Gene Stratton-Porter, the play tells of Elnora, a
14-year-old girl with a passion for butterflies and moths. She loves the
Indiana’s vast Limberlost Swamp but longs to attend high school in the city despite
her widowed mother’s resistance. With the help of her loving aunt and uncle,
along with a naturalist who shares Elnora’s enthusiasm for winged creatures,
Elnora works to find her footing first at school and then at home. The
production introduces three new actors to Door County theater. Mary Caroline
Wilkerson, portraying Elnora, is the Milwaukee area. Wilkerson recently
graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon and is looking to continue her
education in theater. Kent Moraga is a horn musician for Sunrise Winds and
formerly of Hendricks Symphony Orchestra. Moraga is involved with the Door
County Folk Alliance and Sugar on the Floor Dance Band. Moraga portrays Elnora’s
kind-hearted uncle, Wesley. Leann Johnson portrays Maggie, Wesley’s wife. Originally
from Colorado, Johnson moved to Door County five years ago. She has assisted
local theaters as a costumer, make-up artist and set-designer. She will be
making her Door County acting debut. Also new to Rogue Theater are Timothy
Wesley-Bee as Billy and Kiarra Rux as a student. Cast members returning to
the Rogue stage include Pamela Johnson as Kate, Carol Jensen-Olson as the Bird
Woman, Kalei Klaubauf as Robin, Isabel Vreeke as Contemporary Girl and Teacher,
Kekoa Bicoy as Principal and Pale Man and Laney Delwiche as a student. Co-directing
are Stuart Champeau and Lola DeVillers.
Sturgeon Bay, Third Avenue Playhouse will present “La La
Lucille” starting with a pay-what-you-can preview at 7:30 p.m. July 24 in
Studio Theatre of the playhouse. Regular performances run July 25-Sept. 1.
Info: thirdavenueplayhouse.com. This is George Gershwin’s first musical, which
has not been staged since its Broadway premiere in 1919. The adaptation and
restoration are by James Valcq, co-artistic director of Third Avenue Playhouse.
Neenah, Riverside Players will present nine performances of “Clue
The Musical” July 25-Aug. 5 in Riverside Park. Performances are at 8 p.m.
July 25-27; 7 p.m. July 28; 8 p.m. July 31-Aug. 4; and 7 p.m. Aug. 5. Info: ci.neenah.wi.us.
Based on the popular card game, the plot concerns a murder at a mansion
occupied by suspects that is solved by a detective. The piece has an
interactive feature in which audience members randomly select cards that
determine which suspect committed the murder, which weapon was used and in what
room the murder took place. Based on the cards drawn, the show has 216 possible
endings, with some interchangeable dialogue between characters that is
delivered as the story unfolds.
– In Tisch Mills, The Forst Inn Arts Collective will
present another round of performances in a long series of the interactive
comedy “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” July
19-Aug. 10. Info: forstinn.com. The setup, according to the website: The Forst
Inn is hosting the nuptial celebration of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale in
all its tacky and hilarious glory. The performance includes a wedding service
followed by a reception at which the wedding party and their bickering family
entertain their guests along with a pasta dinner, wedding cake and dancing. It
is all for the sake of comedy. You start your experience by arriving at St
Joseph’s Catholic Church in Norman for the service. The service will start
promptly at 6:45 p.m. (2 p.m. for matinees). It is recommended you arrive about
15 minutes before the service. The couple will be hitched by about 7:15 p.m.,
and you can work your way through the receiving line and get back to The Forst
Inn for the reception by around 7:30. The reception takes place at The
Forst Inn in Tisch Mills. It features music by a live wedding band, The
Fusions, and an Italian meal, wedding cake and an evening of frolicking.
– In Sturgeon Bay, Third Avenue Playhouse will present its final performances of Marie
Kohler’s “The Dig” at 7:30 p.m. July 17, 18, 19 and 20 and 2
p.m. July 21. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large/warren-gerds-critic-at-large-review-the-dig-explores-archaeology-and-the-mind-in-sturgeon-bay/.
– In Chilton, Calumet County Community Theatre will present its final performances of the
musical “Mama Mia!” at 7 p.m. July 18, 19 and 20 in The Engler
Center for the Performing Arts. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large/warren-gerds-critic-at-large-review-bright-voices-lights-shine-in-mama-mia-show-in-chilton/.
– In De Pere, St. Norbert College Music Theatre –
Summer Stage will present its
final performances of the musical “Singin’
in the Rain” at 7:30 p.m. July
17, 18 and 19; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. July 20; and 1 p.m. July 21 in Walter
Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on campus. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large/warren-gerds-critic-at-large-review-sunny-performances-spark-singin-in-the-rain-in-de-pere/.
– In Port Washington, Memories Ballroom will
present the Roger Bean musical “Marvelous Wonderettes” July 17-18 and
23-25. Info: memoriesballroom.com. From the website: The show features hits of
the 1950s and ’60s. It’s the 1958 Springfield High School prom, and Betty Jean,
Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy are girls with hopes and dreams. They sing such songs
as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In Act
II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their 10-year
reunion, revealing the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past
In Shawano, Box in the Wood Theatre Guild will
present its final performances of the musical “Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka” at
7 p.m. July 18-20 and 2 p.m. July 21 in Mielke Arts Center. Info: (715)
stage musical is a blend of the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory” and Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Jonathon Kent and
Cheryl Ritter are co-directors. They cast of 55 rages from elementary school
students to grandparents. In the story, Willie Wonka tells the audience he
plans to retire and must find a successor. Wonka hides five golden tickets in
his candy bars distributed all over the world, creating a mad rush on candy
shops by eager chocolate lovers to enjoy the rare experience of seeing Wonka’s
chocolate factory. Among the five lucky winners is Charlie Bucket, whose family
is impoverished with a father laid off from his job and four bedridden
grandparents. The Bucket family is too poor to buy Wonka bars at the feverish
rate of other parents, but the family comes together to buy Charlie a candy bar
for a birthday present – and Grandpa Joe sneaks him another one later – but neither
provide a flash of gold. It’s only when Charlie finds a silver dollar in the
street and decides to chance buying a Wonka bar that he hits the jackpot. The
other four golden ticket-holders are spoiled, insolent and rude, each meeting
their just desserts in poetic fashion – always followed by a sing-song morality
tale from the beloved Oompa-Loompas. Before long, the only one who remains is
Charlie, who also gave in to temptation but had the proper upbringing to admit
he’d disobeyed the rules, leading to one last song from the Oompa-Loompas and
the journey in the Great Glass Elevator.
– In Fish Creek, Peninsula Players Theatre will present “A Murder is Announced” to July
28 in the company’s Theatre in a Garden. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large/warren-gerds-critic-at-large-review-a-murder-is-announced-keeps-em-guessing-in-fish-creek/.
– In Fish Creek, the Northern Sky Theater outdoor season
to Aug. 24 in Peninsula State Park includes the new “We Like It Where?” and the returning “Dairy Heirs” and “Windjammers.” Info:
northernskytheater.com. My review of “We
Like it Where?” is at https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-we-like-it-where-taps-wisconsins-rich-humor-in-fish-creek/2080096945.
My review of “Dairy Heirs” is at https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large/warren-gerds-critic-at-large-review-joys-cleverness-of-dairy-heirs-return-to-door-county-amphitheater/.
– In Baileys Harbor, Door Shakespeare is
continuing its season in Bjorklunden garden, offering William Shakespeare’s “The
Merry Wives of Windsor” in rotation with “Henry V.” Performances by
the professional company continue to Aug. 24. Info: doorshakespeare.com. My
review of “The Merry Wives of Windsor”: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large/warren-gerds-critic-at-large-review-mirth-crackles-in-the-merry-wives-of-windsor-in-baileys-harbor/.
My review of “Henry V” is at https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large/warren-gerds-critic-at-large-review-henry-v-stirs-the-imagination-in-baileys-harbor/
ON THE CONCERT SCENE
In Green Bay, the Green Bay City Band continues its summer series
with “The ’50s” in St. James Park at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.
Director Greg Sauve conducts. Everything ’50s, from “Singin’ in the Rain” and
“Oklahoma” to rock classics. Special guest Bobby Rivers sings the “Elvis
In Egg Harbor, Birch Creek Music Performance Center presents the
first concerts of its Big Band Jazz series July 17-20 and 24-27 in its
Dutton Concert Barn. Info: birchcreek.org.
In Tisch Mills, The Forst Inn Arts Collective will host Peter
Mulvey at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Info: forstinn.com.
In Oshkosh, Waterfest34 will host Phillip Phillips Thursday,
July 18, in Leach Amphitheater. Info: waterfest.org.
De Pere and Sturgeon Bay, Birder on Broadway will host “Summer
Soiree: Journey to the Tonys with Mary Bridget Davies” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
July 18, at Broadway Theatre (De Pere) and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Sturgeon
Bay Yacht Club. Info: birderonbroadway.org.
In Pulaski, the 41st annual Pulaski Polka Days is July
18-21 with multiple bands and events. Info: pulaskipolkadays.com.
In Fish Creek, Door Community Auditorium will host Lyle
Lovett and His Large Band at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19. Info:
In Fish Creek, Door Community Auditorium will host The
Righteous Brothers at 8 p.m. Monday, July 22. Info: dcauditorium.org.
In Appleton, the Appleton City Band will present its weekly
summer concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 in Pierce Park.
In Green Bay, the Green Bay City Band continues its summer series
with “That’s Entertainment” in St. James Park at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
July 24. Director Greg Sauve conducts. The program includes “Lord of the Dance,”
“NBC News Theme” to hits of Frank Sinatra. The Wilda family is featured on
vocals. Trumpeter Shawn Postell plays tunes made popular by Al Hirt.
Appleton, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host “Tom
Segura: Take It Down Tour”at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Info:
In De Pere, De Pere City Band will present “Screen and Stage
Hits” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in Voyageur Park. Admission is free.
Director Ken Petersen will lead the band.
In Sheboygan, John Michael Kohler Arts Center will present Emily
Wolfe as part of the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, on the Sheboygan City Green. Opening at 6 p.m. is Jackie Venson.
In Tisch Mills, The Forst Inn Arts Collective will present “The
Forst Inn Sings Panic at the Disco” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Info:
Sheboygan, John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts will present
the 49th Midsummer Festival of the Arts July 19-20 on the art center
grounds, 608 New York Ave. According to a press release: Featured in the juried
event are 135 visual artists from across the nation. Media include paintings,
photographs, jewelry, leather, sculpture, ceramics, art glass, and wearable art.
Live performances will be presented on City Green by four bands. Saturday’s
concerts begin at 11:30 a.m. with Copper Box’s Cajun swamp-rock, followed by La
Misa Negra’s Latin alternative sounds from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, bluegrass
takes center stage with Chicken Wire Empire at 11 a.m. Bella’s Bartok continues
the show at 2 p.m. with its blend of klezmer, punk and pop. The free concerts
are part of the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series. Art making for all ages will
include designing a planter to take home, trying your hand at the potter’s
wheel, creating an imaginary creature to display in a specimen jar and other
hands-on activities. A nominal fee applies to some projects. The arts center’s
galleries will be open, and admission is free. Included are works of art in the
“Mise en Scène” exhibition series, four exhibitions that present works of
contemporary art by artists who approach the world as a stage. A silent auction
of art donated by the festival artists will benefit center programming. Food is
available in the center or at food trucks. Admission to the festival, including
the concerts and exhibitions, is free. Info: jmkac.org.