Monthly Archives: September 2018

Spotlight On The Board: The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940

I want to welcome you to The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940, the first Mainstage offering of our 62nd Season at Waukesha Civic Theatre! As President of the Board of Directors, I am delighted that you have chosen to spend a few hours with us to enjoy quality live entertainment.

Waukesha Civic Theatre offers a wide variety of performances and educational opportunities that enrich our community’s culture year round, from our Mainstage series, Random Acts of Entertainment, Education and Outreach series, and our PIX Flix movie series to our community partnerships such as ACAP PlayMakers, the Waukesha STEM Academy, the Waukesha Art Crawls, and our downtown restaurant partners.

With so many programs and activities geared for all ages… you are sure to find something to fit your particular interest. Conquer your fears and audition for one of our productions, satisfy your artistic abilities and help build a set, sew costumes or be part of a stage crew!  Showcase your vocal ability with the Civic Broadway Singers or the Civic Senior Players.

Sponsor a table or help behind the scenes with our Gala fundraiser The Shamrock Shindig on March 16, 2019!!

The realm of possibilities for involvement abounds and we invite you to take action and get involved! Pick up one of our 2018-2019 Season Calendars at intermission and I encourage you to speak to any Board member about how you can get involved in our community.

Become an ambassador for Waukesha Civic Theatre and help us to spread the word throughout our community about the excellent entertainment and educational opportunities that the theatre provides.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

 

 

Kelly Vance

President

Board of Directors

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PIX Flix Spotlight On The Board: Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? “Ghostsmashers.”

Well, I don’t know about you, but I am sure glad the original title didn’t stick for Ghostbusters. Who could forget the classic 1984 comedy featuring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, of which Aykroyd conceived and later rewrote with Ramis. From the moment you hear the Ghostbusters theme song, which reached number one on the Billboard charts for three weeks straight, and see the iconic Ghostbusters logo, the movie grabs your attention and the characters keep you engaged with the story and make you smile with their witty comedy.

I remember being a teenager at the time and this being one of the most talked about comedies of the time. The movie was originally intended for an adult audience but the cast and crew were shocked to find that children were loving the film for its fun fantasy adventure of scientists battling supernatural threats with their innovative technology to track down and capture the ghosts and ghouls. This lead to a continuation of Ghostbusters as a successful 80’s Saturday morning cartoon then leading to the sequel in 1989 with the same beloved cast as the first.

So head on over to Waukesha Civic Theatre and grab your bag of popcorn on Monday, October 8 at 6:30 pm for some ghoulish delight from a great cast of characters. You will definitely get your fill of laughs, suspense, and heroic moments. There is even a love to hate antagonist figure that adds additional drama to the overall all battle of the rather unorthodox heroic Ghostbusters. Please get the word out and make our showing of Ghostbusters the highest-grossing PIX Flix film of all time just like Ghostbusters was the highest-grossing comedy of all time (until it was topped by Home Alone).

 

 

Rich Johnson

Treasurer

Board Of Directors

 

MAD Corner: The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940

Sixty-Two Amazing Years. Wow! Since its very modest beginnings in 1957, WCT has produced more than 500 shows and continues its long-standing tradition as Waukesha’s first choice for quality live entertainment. According to the American Association of Community Theatres, there are over 7,000 community theatres in the nation, and only 100 of them are on record of having survived for 60 years or more, so WCT is in a very elite group of theatres. 

I can’t believe I am starting my sixteenth season with the Waukesha Civic Theatre. My, how time flies when you’re having fun! It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in this beautiful facility for this incredible organization and with this amazing community, and I look forward to many more seasons of high quality live entertainment. 

We are kicking off our 62nd season with a comic mystery, combining two genres that our audiences and our actors love to love. They’re fun to watch, they’re fun to be in, and they’re fun to direct. And The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940 fits the bill. Sit back, relax, and let us stimulate your cerebellum and tickle your funny bone at the same time. Have fun!

 

 

See you at the Theatre! 

John Cramer

Managing Artistic Director

Director’s Note: The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940

If you like mysteries, you are probably fond of sifting through red herrings (“clues” that are planted just to mislead).  If so, The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940 is the show for you. The red herrings begin even with the title.  (Did you think you were going to see a musical? Red Herring!). Although there are a few catchy numbers, this show is not a musical at all. Instead, the concept of a trying out a new musical is a red herring for the actor-characters who believe they are auditioning for the production. And that’s just the beginning!

The clues—real and not so real—in this show will keep you guessing. Are there actual police present? How many? Are they trying to catch “The Stage Door Slasher” or a Nazi saboteur—or

both? Is Eddie really a (very struggling) comedian or a fledgling detective?  Is Elsa a slightly ditzy hostess or a murderer on the loose? Is there one Helsa—or two—or three? And, in the midst of the murderous mayhem, is there romance in the air? In another two hours, you’ll know all the answers.

Thanks to the cast for hard work, good humor, and willingness to take chances. Special appreciation to the non-applauded production staff: Scott P. and Jeff for our secretive set, Sharon and Ellen for classy costumes, Scott F. and Keith for audible and electric effects, Matt for his creative compositions, Christopher for our frantic fights, Meghan for deft dialects, and Katie for her magnificent managing. A theatrical production does, indeed, take a village.

It’s a mystery. It’s a comedy (please do laugh!). And it’s just meant to be fun. So, stay awake and sift through those red herrings, but do relax and enjoy!

 

 

 

Thanks for supporting the arts!

Carol Dolphin 🐬

Director

Cramer’s Corner: Here We Go … Our 62nd Mainstage Season Is Underway!

Our first Mainstage show of our historic 62nd season opens on Friday, September 14 and runs through the end of the month. The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940 is a clever, funny mystery. It is NOT a musical, but it IS a comedy.

Our third PIX Flix film of the season is Singin’ In The Rain on Monday, September 17 at 6:30 pm. This film came in at the number one spot in our PIX Flix survey, so don’t delay…get your tickets NOW! This classic musical stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse, and more! All PIX Flix tickets are $5.00, or groups of ten or more for $4.00 each. And of course we have concessions available, including soda, water, beer, wine, cookies, beef sticks, and POPCORN from Pop’s Kettle Corn!

Our Academy at Civic Theatre fall session will start September 24th. Registration is open for all our great theatre arts education offerings through June 2019.

Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery is Carolyn Larkin through October 9.

We still have room on our bus to see Dear Evan Hansen in Chicago on February 27, 2019. If you are interested and want more information about either of these trips, let me know and I can send you the details.

Are you interested in helping WCT make decisions about everything we do? Join A Committee and get involved. We have lots of great committees to choose from: Art Gallery, Diversity, Education and Outreach, Finance and Facility, Fund Development, Fundraising Events (Gala), Governance, Marketing, and Play Advisory.

Our 62nd Season subscription packages, individual tickets, and group sales are all on sale now. Join us for all of our Mainstage shows, Random Acts Of Entertainment, Education & Outreach shows, PIX Flix Films, and Fundraising Events.
Our Mainstage Season includes:
The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940
   (Directed By Carol Dolphin)
Billy Elliot: The Musical
   (Directed By Mark E. Schuster)
Candy Cane Tales And Holiday Carols
   (Directed By John Cramer and Kelly Goeller)
The Underpants
   (Directed By Phil Stepanski)
Thoroughly Modern Millie
   (Directed By Jim Padovano)
The Giver
   (Directed By Katie Lynne Krueger)
But Why Bump Off Barnaby?
   (Directed By David Kaye)

Our Random Acts Of Entertainment, Education And Outreach shows, and Fundraising Events include:
     DISABILITY: The Evolution
Waukesha Reads
You’ve Got A Friend
An Evening Of Holiday Tales With John McGivern
Joel Kopischke’s I Got Yule, Babe
Comicality
A.C.T. Combat Boot Camp
Waukesha STEM Academy’s Fame JR.
A.C.T. Live!
My Funny Valentine
The Wizard Of Oz Unplugged
The Shamrock Shindig (A Gaelic Gala)
Our Favorite Things
Miscast
A.C.T. June Summer Showcase

Our PIX Flix Film Series includes:
   Singin’ In The Rain
Ghostbusters
North By Northwest
Muppet Christmas Carol
To Kill A Mockingbird
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
The Sting
Field Of Dreams
Camelot
Grease

And don’t forget about all the ways to save on quality, live entertainment. WCT’s Ticket Promotions can’t be beat!
Mainstage Season Ticket – Save 33%
Flex Pass Membership – Save 22%
Subscriber Rate – Save 22 to 31%
Group Rate (Ten Or More Tickets) – Save 22 to 31%
Educational Group Rate (Ten Or More Tickets) – Save 31 to 63%
Senior (60+) / Military Rate – Save 11 to 15%
Teen Rate – Save 15 to 33%
Child Rate – Save 31 to 44%
Terrific Tickets – Save 50%
Pay What You Can – You Name Your Savings
All subscribers also receive the Subscriber Benefits Card with discounts at 17 Downtown Waukesha restaurants. And your ticket stub can save you money too! Please consider visiting our Community Partners: People’s Park & Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace!

Thank you to all of the generous donors that have supported us every 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 matching gift through local sponsoring business employers
* A gift that will last a lifetime through your Will or Estate Planning to our Curtain Call Club
* 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 daughter Elena has started her junior year at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and my son Jude has started his senior year at Waukesha South High School. I’ll keep you informed if they get cast in any shows throughout the year. And Doug Jarecki and I are going to be performing Doug’s show ‘Twas The Month Before Christmas at Vogel Hall November 28-December 2.

 

See you at the theatre!
John Cramer
Managing Artistic Director
jcramer@waukeshacivictheatre.org
262-547-4911 ext. 113 office