Daily Archives: May 1, 2017

Cramer’s Corner: Happy May Day!

This time of year is such a happy time.  Days getting warmer and warmer.  The burst of color as plants come back to vibrant life.  The threat of snow diminishing.  A little.  And incredible activity at WCT!

Our next PIX Flix movie of the season, Vertigo is tonight, May 1, at 6:30 pm.  Vertigo is often considered Alfred Hitchcock’s most discussed, dissected, and critically reappraised film.  The cast of the movie includes Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, and more.  All tickets are $5.00, and we have concessions available, including soda, water, beer, wine, cookies, beef sticks, and … wait for it … POPCORN!  Click here to buy tickets.

Our next Random Act Of Entertainment is Miscast on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 pm.  Click here for more information or to buy tickets.  Miscast is a musical revue in which WCT performers sing songs for characters they would never have the chance to play in real life, be it due to gender, race, age … the stranger the better!

Our current Mainstage show, The Drowsy Chaperone, continues May 5 through May 14.  We have several promotions running right now for this show.  Use the code CHAIR to receive $5 off the adult ticket price, or the code THANKSMOM to buy one adult price ticket and get a second ticket for our Mother’s Day performance on May 14 at 2:00 pm. You can use the code on line or in person, over the phone, or via email.  The show has two more Pay What You Can performances on May 11 at 7:30 pm, and May 13 at 2:00 pm. And of course our Terrific Ticket promotion is always running.  Click here for more information.

We have added a movie to our schedule on Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 pm.  Bane Vs Superman is a fan film.  Tickets are free.  Donations are welcome (all go to WCT). Concessions will be open.  Click here for more information.

Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery is Tom Buchs. Are you interested in helping WCT make decisions about everything we do?  Join A Committee and get involved.  We have two committees that are starting work this month, our Art Gallery Committee and our Play Advisory Committee. Our Art Gallery Committee will be meeting on Monday, May 8, at 3:30 pm.  This committee determines which artists will be featured in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our lobby.  Committee members bring artist suggestions to the table and participate in determining the line up for the upcoming season. The Play Advisory Committee operates both independetly (the submission committee) and scheduled (the review committee).  If you want to suggest titles for us to consider, you complete a Play Advisory Submission Form for each title you are recommending by May 25, 2017.  If you are interested in helping us choose the shows from the submitted forms, you need to attend all three of the review committee meetings.  This year they will be held on June 8, July 13, and August 17.  All Thursday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Our other commmittees include Education and Outreach, Finance and Facility, Fund Development, Fundraising Events (Gala), Governance, and Marketing. If you are interested in serving on one or more committees please let me know! If you are looking for a theatre experience outside of Wisconsin, consider joining us for our NYC Theatre Adventure October 12-15, 2017.  We are planning on seeing Come From Away, School Of Rock, and War Paint, but we need at least ten guests to book the trip by TODAY, May 1.  If we don’t reach our minimum number we may still go on the trip but we most likely won’t be able to see War Paint, and maybe not even Come From Away, due to the popularity of these shows and we will lose our group sale reservation if we don’t commit.  I know cast members in both of these shows so I may be able to schedule a back stage tour for one or both of them.  Contact me TODAY by email or phone if you would like more information about either trip. Registration is open for our A.C.T. summer sessions, including our summer ACT production Disney’s The Lion King JR and both our June and August A.C.T. Summer Showcases. Click here for more information. We still have several great shows in our 60th Season so please join us for some great entertainment! Season Tickets for our 61st season are now on sale! Sex Please We’re Sixty          The Hunchback Of Notre Dame                  The House Without A Christmas Tree                          The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged)                                  Clue: The Musical                                          Wait Until Dark                                                  Father Knows Best Individual tickets for these shows will go on sale July 1. Individual tickets for our Random Acts Of Entertainment, Education And Outreach shows, and Fundraising Events are on sale now! Oh, Henry: A Double Feature         Disney’s The Lion King JR.                 A.C.T. August Summer Showcase                         Combat Theatre                                  Miscast                         The Tortoise And The Hare:  The Rematch!                 Wisconsin Philharmonic Chamber Concerts         Joel Kopischke’s I Got Yule, Babe The Four Guyz In Dinner Jackets         A.C.T. Combat Boot Camp                 Singin’ In The Rain JR.                         A.C.T. Live!                                 My Funny Valentine                                         Darn Yankees                                                 Spring City’s Wild Card Saloon                                                         A.C.T June Summer Showcase Thank you to all of the generous donors that have supported us so far this season.  If you would like to donate, you can choose from any number of ways you could help us not only maintain, but thrive, as Waukesha’s Cultural Cornerstone. Please Consider Giving …      * A gift to our Operating Fund      * A gift to our Spotlight On The Future Capital Campaign      * A matching gift through local sponsoring business employers      * A gift that will last a lifetime through your Will or Estate Planning      * A gift by donation to CARS      * A gift by shopping through Amazon Smile      * A gift by purchasing something on our Amazon Wish List      * Choose WCT as your Thrivent Choice charitable organization      * Become a Sponsor of outstanding performances and educational programs On a personal note, my son Jude is playing Stu Thomas in Borderline Crazies at Waukesha South High School May 12 and 13.  He also advanced to the state competition for both forensics and solo and ensemble.  And my daughter Elena is completing her first year at UWSP, and she was in two shows and made the Dean’s List!  She was also invited to participate in the Prague Shakespeare Company Summer Intensive in July, receiving one of only four scholarships.  Proud papa! Happy Mother’s Day and Best Wishes For A Memorial Day Filled With Pride, Warmth, And Togetherness!  I’ll see you at the theatre! John Cramer Managing Artistic Director jcramer@waukeshacivictheatre.org 262-547-4911 ext. 13 office