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Cramer’s Corner: We Are Marching Along With Another Great Month Of Entertainment!

Everyone marches to the beat of a different drummer but, lucky for you, we have something for everyone at WCT during the month of March.

We open our next Mainstage show, 33 Variations, next week.  This innovative and inspiring show focuses on a modern music scholar facing the end of her life as she studies the mysteries of Beethoven and the 33 variations of a simple melody he composed while facing the end of his.  The show runs March 10-26 with two Pay What You Can performances on March 11 at 7:30 pm and March 25 at 2:00 pm.  We will also have two talk backs with ALS specialists joining the cast and crew immediately after the performances on March 12 at 2:00 pm and March 19 at 2:00 pm.  And we will be selling raffle tickets for several amazing items including the always popular Discount Liquor Basket.

 

We have two auditions coming up this month.  Barefoot In The Park auditions will be held on Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, starting at 6:30 pm both nights. Kelly Goeller is directing. And Miscast auditions will be held on March 27 starting at 6:30 pm.  Meghan Hopper is directing.

 

Our next PIX Flix movie of the season will be Mr. Holland’s Opus on March 20 at 6:30 pm.  The cast of the movie includes Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headley, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy, Alicia Witt, 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!

 

Our spring fundraiser gala, Festival Of Fools, will be held at Westmoor Country Club on Saturday, April 1st.  We are thrilled to announce that our King And Queen of the festival will be Joel and Rebecca Kleefisch, and our emcee will be Vince Vitrano.  This will be an event you don’t want to miss, so get your tickets NOW!

 

 

Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our lobby 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 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 Disney’s 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)

Amazing, right?  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

On a personal note – my daughter, Elena Cramer, will be playing Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point March 3-5 and 9-11.  My son, Jude Cramer, will be playing Gomez Addams in The Addams Family at Waukesha South High School March 9-11.
I’ll see you at the theatre!

Cramer John 2006John Cramer

Managing Artistic Director

jcramer@waukeshacivictheatre.org

Cramer’s Corner: Happy Holidays From WCT!

Happy Holidays! 

As Andy Williams said, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.”  And in the words of Blues Traveler “If it’s Hanukah, or Kwanzaa, Solstice Harvest, or December 25th, peace on earth to everyone, and abundance to everyone you’re with.”

I love this season, and I love WCT’s tradition of presenting an affordable family show for the community to enjoy.  This season we present a hidden gem by local playwright / composer Jason Powell; For Purely Elfish Reasons, a holiday show with great characters and a story line that gives a respectful (and hilarious) nod to the Marx Brothers.  We open tonight and run through December 18, including two Pay What You Can performances Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm and Saturday December 17 at 2:00 pm.  Click here for more information.

Waukesha Silver Bells is once again sponsoring Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in downtown Waukesha every Friday and Saturday throughout the month.  Click here for more information.

The West End Artists are presenting their 94th Art Crawl Saturday, December 3, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with fantastic art displays in several galleries and stores in downtown Waukesha, including our own Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in the WCT lobby. Click here for more information.

For those of you looking for something a little naughty (but a lotta nice) Joel Kopischke brings his unique brand of comedy to our stage for the eighth consecutive season with I Got Yule, Babe Tuesday and Thursday, December 6 and 8, at 7:30 pm both nights.  Joined by his merry band of incredible musicians and singers, he will present some of his favorites with a few new songs mixed in.  Click here to buy tickets.

We have two auditions coming up this month.  A.C.T. Live! auditions will be held on Monday, December 12 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and auditions for 33 Variations will be held on Monday and Tuesday, December 12 and 13, starting at 6:30 pm.  Click here for more information.

Our PIX Flix movie series is utilizing our new screen and projector, bringing the silver screen back to the PIX.  Our next movie of the season will be Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas on December 19 at 6:30 pm.  The cast of the movie includes Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon, 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.

We end the holiday season with the return of Tony Davis as Elvis Presely in Elvis:  The Legend Lives On with performances December 29-31.  Click here for more information.

Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our lobby is the InterFaith Lifetime Art Competition Winners through December 8, and then we will feature the art of Jonathan Korotko December 10 through January 9.

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!

I know we are only half way through our current season, but I am so excited about our 61st season I have to share it with all of you.  I am thrilled to annouce that our 2017-2018 season will include:
Sex Please, We’re Sixty
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (an area premier!)
The House Without A Christmas Tree (an original adaptation by our own Doug Jarecki)
The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Sister Act
Wait Until Dark
Father Knows Best

Amazing, right?  Subscription packages will go on sale in May 2017! Individual tickets will go on sale in July 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

On a personal note, my son Jude will be appearing with the Waukesha South High School choirs in two concerts.  The first with the Wisconsin Philharmonic on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm at Shattuck Auditorium, and the second at Waukesha South High School on Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm.

Have a Happy Holiday Season, 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 Impact Of Live Theatre

If you are like me, you have probably enjoyed many live theatre performances over the years. You most likely have your favorites. But have you ever considered the impact of that performance on the actors and members of the stage crew?

Community theatre not only provides the opportunity for more people to experience and be entertained by live theatre, it provides an opportunity to engage more people who perform in those shows. The impact, especially on our youth, can be profound. Many studies have shown that children that participate in live theatre have improved communication skills, are more creative, and have improved problem solving skills. Perhaps you have participated on stage at a community theatre, or someone in your family has.

The Waukesha Civic Theatre is celebrating their 60th season. With seven Mainstage shows and over 140 performances of all kinds on its stage, the Waukesha Civic Theatre impacts the lives of thousands of children in Waukesha County each year. Students at twelve schools benefit through the theatre’s education outreach program. Through a partnership with the nonprofit organization ACAP, the theatre brings the stage to children and adults with disabilities. The Mainstage shows have auditions open to everyone that is interested.

The Theatre provides classroom instruction throughout the year as part of their Academy At Civic Theatre (A.C.T) program. There are countless examples where a shy child with few social interaction skills, blossoms on the stage, demonstrating dramatic improvement in their ability to interact with others and improved performance in school. In a recent YouTube video, students share their experiences and the impact that the Waukesha Civic Theatre has had on their lives.

So the next time you are enjoying a performance at your local cultural center, stop and think about the performers, who they are, and the impact your presence is having on their lives. Support your local community theatre!

sommers-diane-2015Diane Sommers

Community Partners Coordinator

Waukesha Civic Theatre Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $500 Grant

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Waukesha Civic Theatre has been awarded $500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct donations in the total amount of about $2 million each year.

Theatre arts education and community outreach has been a part of the Waukesha Civic Theatre’s mission since its inception, 60 years ago. These funds will help cover the costs of offering daytime performances of To Kill A Mockingbird for school groups.

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations of their choosing that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2015, associates globally directed more than $2.5 million of Staples Foundation grants to 875 non-profit organizations.

“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., “We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associate make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”

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

Let Me Play Among The Stars

Gala_SQ_CLR-01Calling all high rollers! The Waukesha Civic Theatre’s annual gala is coming up fast. This year’s event, Fly Me To The Moon, has a swingin’ sixties Las Vegas theme and plenty of entertainment to go with it. You are surreptitiously invited by the Honorary Big Cheese, mayor Shawn Reilly himself, to our fancy little shindig at the Red Circle Inn in Nashotah.

Fly Me To The Moon: Swingin’ Like The Rat Pack will feature the incomparable tunes of The Mr. Lucky Syndicate Swing Band for all your swingin’ and dancin’ needs. Come join us for casino games, dinner, and a grand old time. Just bring yourself and we’ll do the rest.

Mark your calenders for April 18th, 2015. The evening begins at five o’clock with libations, hors d’oeuvres, casino games, and music. Seven o’clock brings dinner and a live auction, and from eight-thirty onward, it’s music and swingin’ until it’s time to cash out.

This is a VIP gig, and entry into the High Rollers club is by password only. Interested? The password will be provided to guest by telephone upon receipt of reservation. Your password gets you:

  1. Entry into the high rollers casino
  2. Hors d’oerves
  3. Dinner
    • Wedge salad
    • Fresh baked rolls
    • Duet of Sicilian Breaded Filet and Seafood Manicotti (vegetarian option available on request)
    • Sautee of Asparagus, Yellow Squash, and Pimentos
    • Coffee or Gourmet Tea
  4. Champagne toast
  5. $300 in casino clams
  6. A cool, solid fun time!

$95 per plate, including a $40 tax-deductible contribution to the Waukesha Civic Theatre. Please RSVP by April 1, 2015.

Interested in sponsoring another way? We’ve got plenty of opportunities (and benefits) available!

WOW-EE WOW WOW 18 KARAT
$3,000 (Event Sponsor)
8 event tickets
$4,800 in casino clams ($600 per guest)
Signage on sponsor banner
8 pairs of 2014-2015 season vouchers
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition
$2,000 (Casino Sponsor)
4 event tickets
$3,300 in casino clams ($550 per guest)
Signage on sponsor banner
4 pairs of 2014-2015 season vouchers
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition
RING-A-DING PLATINUM
$1,500 (Dinner Sponsor)
4 event tickets
$2,000 in casino clams ($500 per guest)
Signage on sponsor banner
2 pairs of 2014-2015 season vouchers
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition
$1,500 (Band Sponsor)
4 event tickets
$2,000 in casino clams ($500 per guest)
Signage on sponsor banner
2 pairs of 2014-2015 season vouchers
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition
BIG-LEAGUER HIGH HAT
$1,500 (Auction Sponsor)
4 event tickets
$2,000 in casino clams ($500 per guest)
Signage on sponsor banner
2 pairs of 2014-2015 season vouchers
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition
$800 (Dinner Table Sponsor)
8 event tickets
$3,200 in casino clams ($400 per guest)
Signage on table
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition
HIGH ROLLER SHARPSTER
$400 (1/2 Dinner table Sponsor)
4 event tickets
$1,600 in casino clams ($400 per guest)
Signage on table
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition
$300 (Game Table Sponsor)
2 event tickets
$800 in casino clams ($400 per guest)
Signage on table
Donor board recognition
Playbill recognition
Theatre lobby recognition
Website recognition

This year’s gala will be at the Red Circle Inn in Nashotah. Give us a call at (262) 547-0708 or check out our website for more information.

Dress sharp and don’t be late. You won’t want to miss a thing.

Thank you Potawatomi Miracle on Canal Street!

Miracle on Canal Street
Miracle on Canal Street is Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s signature community program that raises funds for children’s charities – and the Waukesha Civic Theatre was in the running to be a beneficiary. Although we were not one of the big winners, we still benefited from the generosity of Potawatomi and all the people who played the Miracle games. This year there were 156 charities involved, and for the first time ever, all 156 charities received a grant. There were 20 charities that each received $35,000, and the other 136 charities each received $2,600. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Miracle program that has raised more than $13 million for hundreds of area children’s charities. Thank you Potawatomi Miracle on Canal Street!