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PIX Flix Spotlight on the Board: The Sound of Music

September is a great time to gather the family together and come to PIX Flix, in Historic Downtown Waukesha! We are thrilled to bring The Sound of Music back to the PIX Theatre, now the home of the Waukesha Civic Theatre, on Monday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m.!  I say “back,” because, while I wasn’t able to find historical proof, I feel certain this film must have been shown at what is now our amazing community theatre, back in 1965, when it was first released by 20th Century Fox.  The film, which debuted in sold out theatres around the country for over a month, was produced and directed by Robert Wise and stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  The film was adapted from the musical, and two new songs were written just for the movie, “I Have Confidence,” and “Something Good.”  Becoming an instant hit, it is no wonder this stunning film won five Oscars at the 38th Academy Awards!

Influenced by other successful movies of the day, such as Camelot, Mary Poppins, and Cinderella (all of which also starred Julie Andrews) the screenwriter, Ernest Lehman, used artistic license to convey the meaning and essence of the times in Salzburg, just as the Nazis were gaining power.  A small amount of historic exploration will uncover many ways that opulence and pageantry, which were not historically accurate, were employed to draw the audience deeper into the unfolding story and to create a visual masterpiece.  In reality, the von Trapps did not live in a mansion or play in the hills of Salzburg and the home they lived in was not actually their ancestral home, as is depicted in the movie.  However, the visual backdrop of the movie we have come to know and love is enchanting and it is almost impossible to imagine the story without it.

Then there is the music!  Who of us has not grown up with “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “So Long Farewell,” and “Climb Every Mountain,” as part of our own personal soundtracks?  My family had such a thrill sharing these songs and the film with the next generation that our daughter was cast as Brigitta von Trapp in Waukesha Civic Theatre’s 2014 production of the musical!  These songs will forever be in our hearts.

We hope you will take this opportunity to bring your families, young and old, to see the cinematic treasure The Sound of Music at the Waukesha Civic Theatre on the big screen on Monday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m.  Always a value, our PIX Flix films are still only $5 per ticket and of course, we have popcorn and refreshments available too!  While you’re there, pick up an A.C.T. (Academy at Civic Theatre) brochure and discover all the amazing educational opportunities that await at our own community theatre, WCT.  You will also be able to find a calendar for our 63rd season Mainstage productions – the first of which, The Little Prince, opens September 13, 2019.  Mainstage Season Ticket Packages are available now and the lineup is outstanding!  We will also present Bad Seed, Elf the Musical, Come Back, Big Fish, Silent Sky, and The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes this season, in addition to many Random Acts of Entertainment!  We look forward to seeing you at the Theatre.



Jenny Erato

Board Director

In The MAD Corner…

Cramer John 2006I can’t believe I am starting my twelfth 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.

 I am thrilled that WCT is kicking off this season by presenting The Sound Of Music. I love, love, love, love, love this show. I was blessed to play Kurt when I was in the eighth grade and it is truly one of my favorite theatrical memories out of the hundreds of shows I have been a part of. I am thrilled that I am now directing the show. It is truly a classic Broadway musical and quite possibly the most well-known and most love Rodgers an Hammerstein show. Based on the amazing and inspirational true story of Maria Rainer, Georg Von Trapp, and their incredible children, and including one of the best musical scores ever written, it truly is a masterpiece. I can’t thank the cast, crew, and staff enough for all of their hard work, patience, creativity, and humor. We have had a marvelous time putting this incredible show together, and I hope each and every one of you enjoy it as much as we have.

 We have 70+ entertainment options throughout the year, with great benefits to our subscribers (up to 40% off!), including our partnership with 16 downtown Waukesha restaurants offering great discounts to all WCT subscribers. You could literally save as much as you spend if you join us as a subscriber. We also have a year-round theatre arts education program with offerings for students of all ages, including adults.

 We have lots more music and stories for the Waukesha community to discover. Our 58th Season is full of exciting entertainment options. Enrich. Challenge. Entertain. That says it all, so keep watching, keep participating with, and keep supporting this cultural cornerstone. We couldn’t do it without you.

 John Cramer

Sound Of Music Director / Choreographer

Managing Artistic Director


Getting To Know … The Von Trapp Kids!

SoundOfMusic_SQ_CLROn Friday, September 12th, the Waukesha Civic Theatre opened its run of The Sound of Music, the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Based on a true story, The Sound of Music opens in Austria just at the dawn of World War II, as young novitiate Maria becomes a governess for the stern and demanding Captain Von Trapp’s seven children. Through classic songs such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Do-Re-Mi,” Maria brings music and joy to the lives of the Von Trapps.

But chances are, you already know all that. The Sound of Music is, after all, one of the most recognized and celebrated musicals of the twentieth century. What you may not know as much about are the talented young performers playing the Von Trapp children in WCT’s production.

John Cramer, the Managing Artistic Director of the Waukesha Civic Theatre, directs the production. “I love, love, love, love, love this show,” he says. When he was in eighth grade, John got the chance to play Kurt Von Trapp, an opportunity he fondly remembers as “truly one of my favorite theatrical memories out of the hundreds of shows I have been a part of. I am thrilled that I am now directing the show.”

The Kurt Von Trapp in this production is played by Jack Burns, a sixth grader at Longfellow Middle School. This is Jack’s first experience working with the Waukesha Civic Theatre, but he’s had plenty of stage experience and classes with First Stage. He is excited to see how everyone’s hard work is transformed on stage into a fantastic musical!

Another young Von Trapp, Sydney Johnson, is having a blast. Sydney plays Marta Von Trapp. Now a fourth grader at Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Brookfield, Sydney began her career at WCT playing Little Ti Mourne in Once On This Island. She is especially excited about all the fun songs in the play.

Gretl Von Trapp is played by Mara Hoffman. Mara is a sixth grader at Steffen Middle School in Mequon, and she’s been involved in the theatre since kindergarten. This is Mara’s first production with WCT, and she loves signing and acting and especially her performances with her von Trapp brothers and sisters.

Elena Cramer, a junior at Waukesha South High School, is sixteen going on seventeen as the eldest Von Trapp child, Leisel. In addition to her love of theatre, Elena has a special interest in music, art, and foreign language.

Elena’s real life brother, Jude Cramer, plays her fictional brother Freidrich Von Trapp. Last year, Jude lit up the Waukesha Civic Theatre stage as the Modern Major General in the Waukesha STEM Academy’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, Jr.

Alyssa Casarez, who previously appeared in WCT’s Dynamite Comedy, plays Louisa Von Trapp. Alyssa sings regularly at big events throughout Milwaukee, including Admirals hockey games, Bucks games, and at a youth showcase at Summerfest.

And rounding out the Von Trapp children is Brigitta, played by WCT veteran Elle Erato. Elle has been in many shows at WCT, and counts Oklahoma and last year’s The Goodbye Girl, in which she played Lucy McFadden, among her very favorites.

Now that you know a little more about the actors, come check out the Von Trapp Family Singers in The Sound of Music.

The show runs September 12th through the 28th. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $17 for subscribers. There are also special Pay What You Can performances on Saturday, Sept. 13th and Thursday, Sept. 25th at 7:30 p.m., as well as Saturday, Sept. 27th at 2:00 p.m. Pay What You Can tickets go on sale at the box office an hour before each performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our website: or call the box office at (262) 547-0708. Box office hours are 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Come make the Waukesha Civic Theatre one of your favorite things!

Waukesha Civic Theatre Announces Our Historic 58th Mainstage Season

Our 58th season will begin July 1, 2014. Mainstage shows include:

  • The Sound Of Music (September 12 to 28, 2014)
  • Lend Me A Tenor (October 24 to November 9, 2014)
  • Candy Cane Tales And Holiday Carols (December 5 to 21, 2014)
  • Funny Money (February 6 to 22, 2015)
  • The Diary Of Anne Frank (March 13 to 29, 2015)
  • Les Misérables (May 1 to 17, 2015)
  • Father Of The Bride (June 5 to 21, 2015)

All Mainstage shows perform for three weekends. Here is the performance schedule:

Day Time
First   Friday (Evening) 7:30   pm
First   Saturday (Evening) 7:30 pm
First   Sunday (Matinee) 2:00 pm
Second   Friday (Evening) 7:30 pm
Second   Saturday (Matinee) 3:30   pm
Second   Saturday (Evening) 7:30   pm
Second   Sunday (Matinee) 2:00 pm
Third   Friday (Evening) 7:30 pm
Third   Saturday (Matinee) 2:00 pm
Third   Saturday (Evening) 7:30 pm
Third   Sunday (Matinee) 2:00 pm

Season tickets for our 2014-2015 season will go on sale May 1, 2014. Individual tickets will go on sale July 1, 2014.  We offer several season ticket packages, all of which make you a subscriber. The benefits of being a subscriber include reduced ticket prices (a 26%-40% savings!), the ability to exchange tickets (to different performances of the same show) at no charge, and a Subscriber Benefits Card, entitling you to discounts or deals at many downtown Waukesha restaurants. Here are our subscription packages:

Sensational Seven $105.00 ($15 per ticket) 35% savings!
Super Six $96.00 ($16 per ticket) 30% savings!
Fabulous Flex $68.00 ($17 per ticket) 26% savings!
Perfect PIX 3 $54.00 ($18 per ticket) 22% savings!

All individual tickets may be purchased by mail, phone, e-mail, fax, online, or in person using cash, check, or credit card (credit card only for phone, fax, e-mail, and online sales). Subscription packages may be purchased by mail, phone, e-mail, fax, or in person using cash, check, or credit card (credit card only for phone, fax, and e-mail sales). We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.