In many ways, I am The Man In The Chair. As a child and young girl, I spent hours in our living room, ears glued to the speakers, listening to my mom and dad’s LPs, imaging the likes of Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman, and Mary Martin as they gallivanted across the streets of London in My Fair Lady, rode the vaudeville circuit in Gypsy, and sang and danced on sugar sands in South Pacific! I could see them so clearly in my mind’s eye that it was as if they were right there with me in the room, performing just for me, thrilling me and making me laugh and cry, dance and sing! How can you NOT love a classic musical?!?!?
Welcome to The Drowsy Chaperone, where we all get to be The Man In The Chair! As a WCT board director and performer, I am constantly amazed and thrilled by the variety of theatre options the WCT brings to our community every season. From cutting edge drama like 33 Variations to the innumerable learning opportunities through ACAP, STEM Academy, and A.C.T. to family friendly classic movies with PIX Flix and more, WCT is truly a gem. But I confess, deep down in my heart, my absolute favorites are the WCT musicals. No one does them better than WCT!
Our historic 60th season ends next month with Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park, as we look forward to our 61st season and your continued support. Without the generous support of our guests, we could not continue to provide these great services to the Waukesha community. Please consider a donation today to support our mission to provide quality live theatre performances and educational opportunities that will enrich, challenge, and entertain both participants and audience members for years to come.
Enjoy the Show!
Jane G. Klett
Board of Directors
The Waukesha Civic Theatre is a hidden gem right here in historic downtown! I’d like to welcome you to For Purely Elfish Reasons, the third Mainstage show of our historic 60th season. We are thrilled to present this new gem, by local playwright Jason Powell! Opportunities like this are one of the things that make WCT’s quality, live entertainment not just another night at the theatre. With such a wonderful, professional venue for our local talent, I’m honored to be a member of the Board. Yet, surprisingly, there are still some people who don’t know of this entertainment gem centered right here on Main Street! Please spread the word about our very own cultural cornerstone!
Between the Mainstage, Random Acts, A.C.T., Friday Night Live, Special Events, and our community partnerships with ACAP, the STEM Academy, Waukesha Reads, and others, we have a plethora of different entertainment options running year-round! Our special events – such as Festival Of Fools in April – provide entertaining and fun ways to support the theatre. We also have outreach programs like anti-bullying workshops, the Civic Broadway Singers, the Civic Senior Players, and many more! Our theatre arts education program offers classes at WCT and extends beyond our doors to teach kids in local schools. Likewise, we partner with Carroll University and UW-Waukesha for students of all majors to intern in our office or with our classes.
That’s right, we’re not just for actors! Whether you can pound a hammer, program a computer, alphabetize a file cabinet, or perform an aria, there are plenty of ways to get involved almost every day of every week. So spread the word!
You are also invited to join the celebration of Waukesha Civic Theatre’s proud achievement of providing challenging, enriching, and entertaining opportunities for 60 HISTORIC SEASONS. Having reached this elite DIAMOND status, we ask you to help us look to the future with your support. Without the generous support from our guests, we could not continue to provide these great services to the Waukesha County community and beyond. Please consider a donation today. Thank you!
I look forward to seeing you, and let me know what you think!
Board Of Directors
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!