Category Archives: ACAP PlayMakers

Take One: The ACAP PlayMakers On Film!

The ACAP PlayMakers have been part of the Waukesha Civic Theatre family since 2006 starting with a meeting with John Cramer to discuss how people with disabilities could get involved in some way with the Theatre.

 

“We have our PlayMakers program that no one is currently operating since the two creators of that program retired. Why don’t you start with that.”

 

Us run a theatre program? Nevertheless, John put his faith in us (and a lot of moral and professional support) and here we are 20 shows later.

 

As people have heard about our adaptive theatre work, many more people have joined our troupe. Starting out with 8 people, we now have over 30 people regularly involved in the program (and that’s not including the many community actors that play supporting roles in the cast). As we continue to grow, we are running out of space on stage!

 

That’s where our idea for a film production came from: looking for a way to include more people, given the limited space available at the Theatre.  We figured, if we could create and capture smaller groupings of people on film, and string them all together in a larger story, we would achieve that end.

 

So we are currently learning from scratch the ins and outs of movie making. Join us on Saturday, July 15th to see the final product – Oh, Henry: A Double Feature! Here’s hoping that 20 productions from now, we will be as successful as the ACAP PlayMakers venture has been!

 

~Mark Cage

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Cramer’s Corner: Spring Is In The Air!

As the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer, the smile that’s already on your face can just keep growing when you join us for our April offerings! 

Our next ACAP PlayMakers show, Snow White And The Magnificent Seven, opens tomorrow and has seven performances through Sunday afternoon.

Our next PIX Flix movie of the season will be
E.T. – The Extraterrestrial on April 10 at 6:30 pm.  The cast of the movie includes Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, 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!    

If you would like to help us select the movies we present in our PIX Flix movie series next season, click
here to complete our survey.

Our next A.C.T. production is
Broadway Bound on Saturday, April 15, at 10:00 am.  

We open our next Mainstage show, 
The Drowsy Chaperone, April 28 and continues through May 14.  The show has three Pay What You Can performances on April 29 at 7:30 pm, May 7 at 7:30 pm, and May 13 at 2:00 pm.

Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our lobby through April 9 is a group of students from Waukesha South High School.  They were challenged to create art inspired by 33 Variations in only 33 days, and it is amazing!  Our next artist will be Tom Buchs.

If you are looking for a theatre experience outside of Wisconsin, consider joining us for our
NYC Theatre Adventure October 12-15, 2017, or for our trip to Chicago to see Hamilton January 3, 2018.  Contact John Cramer by email or phone (262-547-4911 ext. 13) if you would like more information about either trip.

Our 60th Season is on sale now.  Subscription packages for the Mainstage shows, and individual tickets for everything can be purchased now.  Please join us for the second half of our current great season of entertainment!

Registration is open for our
A.C.T. spring and summer sessions, including our summer ACT production The Lion King JR.  

Just in case you missed it last month, our 61st season will include:

Sex Please We’re Sixty 

(directed by Peter Kao)
        The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
            (an area premier directed by Mark E. Schuster!)
                The House Without A Christmas Tree
(an original adaptation by our own Doug Jarecki directed by moi)
                        The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged)
(directed by Dustin J. Martin)
                                Clue: The Musical
(directed by Ken Williams)
                                        Wait Until Dark
(directed by Kelly Goeller)
                                                Father Knows Best
(directed by Rhonda Schmidt)

Season Tickets will go on sale in May 2017.


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


Happy Easter!  I’ll see you at the Theatre!

John Cramer

Managing Artistic Director

jcramer@waukeshacivictheatre.org

262-547-4911 ext. 13

Lights! Camera! Action! & The ACAP PlayMakers

Well, we are right in the middle of our latest outreach offering – Lights! Camera! Action! with the ACAP PlayMakers. Only this time, there is a twist. The PlayMakers are playing the role of video editor/director. We’ve never offered something like this before, and so far the results have been outstanding!

Let me back up for a minute and give you a quick history here. Last year, Matt Huebsch and I taught Lights! Camera! Action! (LCA) for the ACAP PlayMakers. LCA is an on-camera acting class that has been a part of the A.C.T. program for years. The ACAP PlayMakers are a community partner that has performed at Civic for years. I guess it was only a matter of time before these two met!

The PlayMakers are an inclusive group of performers that feature performers with and without disabilities. It gives a voice to performers who might not otherwise get the opportunity. But even while being so inclusive, there were still some members who were not able to participate in a stage production. That’s where LCA came in. As you well know, acting on camera and acting on stage are two very different skill sets, and some of ACAP’s members were more suited to have their voice heard on camera instead of the stage.

Matt and I worked with the group for six weeks, writing and filming a series of scenes that showcased some of the hidden talents of the group. It was a fun and unique way to show what a great sense of humor these guys have. They love to perform, and it showed in every frame of the video.

This year, we decided to take it one step further and shift the focus.   Instead of focusing on the acting, we put the PlayMakers in charge of the directing and editing. A beginner’s course for how to put a movie together. Matt and I filmed ourselves in a short scene together, filming multiple takes and multiple “moods” of each scene. We created a very loose template for the video, with a lot of options for our editors to choose from. Starting Week 1, we worked with the group to give them an understanding of the tools and concepts of video editing, sound and visual effects. As the weeks have gone on, members of the group have become more proficient in piecing their videos together.

Think of it as a choose-your-own-ending kind of book, except in video form. The PlayMakers work with the footage we provided and piece together scenes that are coherent and follow a logical path (Ok, full disclosure here – sometimes the videos are extraordinarily silly and don’t make much sense, but that’s part of the fun of learning how to do all this!).

To give you an example of how things have been going, there is a scene in which I appear at the door of a home. We filmed me doing several versions of this, and even filmed a dog in place of me. Lorraine, a longtime PlayMaker who has enjoyed poking gentle fun at me for years, wanted to find a way, through the magic of editing, to turn me into the dog. Did I say “wanted to”? I meant “insisted.” We worked together for an entire class, figuring out how we could make this happen. And by the end, sure enough, I was a dog! Thanks, Lorraine.

If this class were to just stand alone, it would be an enjoyable six weeks where we all got to learn something. However, the hope is that this can be a starting point for video to play a more prominent role in how the ACAP PlayMakers continue to help their members find their own voices, their own stories to tell. This is in no way going to replace the excellent stage work they do, it is going to add to it. Classes like this lay the groundwork for an idea that big. It all starts somewhere. And in our case, it started with my friend Lorraine turning me into a dog.

Jarecki Doug 2008 CroppedDoug Jarecki

Education & Outreach Administrator

Cramer’s Corner: Entertainment Falls Into Place At WCT!

The ACAP PlayMakers’ Show Of Shows III is WCT’s next show, running October 6 through 9.  The show features songs and scenes from previous PlayMakers’ shows mixed with some new material.  Click here to buy tickets.

Our new screen and projector is once again helping us bring the silver screen back to the PIX.  Our next movie of the season will be Young Frankenstein on October 10 at 6:30 pm.  The cast of the movie includes Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Terri Garr, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, 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 David Seebach’s Illusions In The Night, October 14-16.  Spectacular illusions, mystery, eerie music, colorful costumes, and comedy are all woven together in this family-friendly show with one of Milwaukee’s greatest treasures.  Click here to buy tickets.

Our next Pee Wee Players opportunity is Saturday, October 15.  4-5 year olds get together for a few hours to of singing, dancing, and imagination.  Click here for more information or to register.

Our second Mainstage show of the season will be To Kill A Mockingbird October 28 through November 13, including three daytime performances for schools to take advantage of.  We are partnering with Waukesha Reads, as the novel by Harper Lee is the featured book this year. Click here to get your tickets.

Fred Klett will bring his unique brand of comedy to our stage in a one night only benefit performance full of good, clean fun, aptly titled A Night Of Comedy With Fred Klett on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 pm.  Click here to buy tickets.

Ex Fabula Story Slam will take our stage as part of Waukesha Reads on Thursday, November 3, at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are FREE for this event.  Click here for more information.

WCT was awarded $500.00 by Staples Foundation as part of 2 Million & Change philanthropic initiative. We will use the funds to support our daytime performances of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Share Your Heart! Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s community program that raises funds for children’s charities – and WCT is in the running to be a beneficiary.  Heart of Canal Street has raised nearly $16 million for hundreds of area children’s charities since 1994. The program honors the Potawatomi tradition of nurturing younger generations so they grow to lead healthy, productive lives.  Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year! Share your heart by playing the Canal Street Bingo game now through Dec. 15. Visit paysbig.com/heart to learn more.

Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our lobby is Wendie Thompson.

Our 60th Season is on sale now.  Subscription packages for the Mainstage shows, and individual tickets for everything can be purchased now.  Please join us for another great season of entertainment!

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

Have a Happy Halloween, and I’ll see you at the Theatre!

Cramer John 2006John Cramer

Managing Artistic Director

jcramer@waukeshacivictheatre.org

262-547-4911 ext. 13 office

The Pirates of Pizzazz

It is the very model of a modern major musical,

A classic tale with twists and turns and story so fantastical,

With Pirates and Pizzazz and a lesson quite educational;

It tells the tale of Frederic, once a swashbuckler and nautical,

The pirate friends he meets again will find him quite unsinkable,

It sails the ships and blows the sails with tempests all remarkable;

Despite the differences of opinion on the piracy,

E Pluribus Unum wins the day of musical fantasy!

 

So buy your tickets double quick, you wouldn’t want to miss a thing!

It’s 10 for grown-ups, 8 for students, 6 if you’re subscribering!

The Pirates of Pizzazz will leave you waxing quite rhapsodical,

It is the very model of a modern major musical.

 

WCT shows the work of celebrated Playmakers,

From ACAP comes the script, the songs, the lights, and of course the actors;

Adaptive Community Approach Program it is also known,

So music, movement, dancing, singing, art, and acting will be shown,

The mission of the group is life-long skills and high potential reached,

For those with disabilities and lessons they would like to teach;

The show is thoughtful, hopeful, educational, and musical,

It’s fanciful and nautical, beautiful and pizzazzical!

 

So buy your tickets double quick, you wouldn’t want to miss a thing!

It’s 10 for grown-ups, 8 for students, 6 if you’re subscribering!

The Pirates of Pizzazz will leave you waxing quite rhapsodical,

It is the very model of a modern major musical.

 

The Pirates of Pizzazz runs April 10th-13th.  For more information or to buy tickets, please visit our website.

Tons of Fun with WCT and Community Partnerships

The Waukesha Civic Theatre is full of fun stuff to do! One fun thing that we’re really excited for is One Night With John McGivern, coming up in just a couple of months on November 5th! John will be at the theatre for an evening of storytelling. If you’re not sure what to expect, here’s a snippet about John from his website, www.johnmcgivern.com: “His stories are personal and funny and touching and familiar. His themes are based in family and remind us all that as specific as we might believe our experiences are, we all share a universal human experience.” He will also be available to meet both before and after the show. We’re hoping to fill the house for John and tickets are going fast! Call the box office for more information about this upcoming fundraiser at 262-547-0708.
We also feature a myriad of partnerships over the course of our season. I’d like to share a little bit about six of our exciting partnerships.
On August 24th & 25th, we had actors performing with Wings Over Waukesha, an annual airshow at the Waukesha County Airport. They portrayed passengers on the Ford Tri-Motor, one of the first passenger airplanes in the 1920s. We also had a table there to spread the word about Waukesha’s cultural cornerstone!
Also at the end of August, the Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP) PlayMakers performed Snow White and the Magnificent Seven. They had several sold-old shows and great audience response! We partner with ACAP to produce two shows a season featuring actors with disabilities, a studio show in the fall and a mainstage show in the spring.
Each January, the Waukesha STEM Academy produces a musical. These shows are performed, crewed, and designed entirely by students at the Saratoga campus, with guidance from local (adult) professionals. This year’s show will be The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. You won’t want to miss this production!
Also in January, our education program (Academy at Civic Theatre, or ACT) offers a two week workshop to students aged 9 to 19. It does require an audition, but the students involved have two weeks to create a sketch comedy show from scratch; they do all the writing and character creation, they figure out the costumes and props, and – during the Waukesha Janboree – they perform their work for a full house! There are two performances, one at 10 am and one at 1 pm, on Saturday, January 18th.
During the summer, we partner with the Waukesha Downtown Business Association to bring live music to Freeman Friday Night Live and the Saturday morning Farmers’ Markets. Don’t miss this opportunity to support local artists and discover new talent!
Finally, our fourteen Downtown Waukesha restaurant partners offer incredible savings to our subscribers. We still have three of our four subscription packages available – the Super Six, Perfect PIX 3, and Fabulous Flex! Check out our website for more information at http://waukeshacivictheatre.org/subscriberBenefits.html
Only a handful of community theatres across the nation can claim the honor of a half-century of consecutive operation and we are delighted to be in our 57th Mainstage season! Feel free to contact me at the box office with any questions. See you at the Theatre!