More than 50 Broadway musicals, beloved children’s performances, comedic icons and more take to the Weidner Center stage for 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season
Green Bay, WI–A (PAW) patrol, a princess and some boys from the Jersey Shore will all grace the Weidner Center for the Performing Art’s stage during the 2017-2018 season. And that’s just the beginning. The center’s 2017-2018 line-up, announced June 21 at the Weidner Center, includes more than 50 performances and sets the stage for a season that rings true to the premiere performing art center’s mission.
“The Weidner is a unique venue in Northeast Wisconsin, with a dual mission to enrich our community and the academic experience of students on campus,” noted University Provost Gregory Davis at the season announcement. “Our distinction is one we savor. We are constantly looking for ways to blend the educational mission of the University with our commitment to the community. The 2017-2018 Weidner Season does just that in some very exciting ways.”
According to Weidner Center Programming Manager Stephanie Maufort, the robust 2017-2018 performance calendar demonstrates the Weidner’s enduring commitment to bringing sought-after national performing artists to the area with a promise to grow the musicians, actors and set designers of tomorrow. “In this prequel year to our 25th anniversary, we’re focusing on our roots with a renewed focus on bringing together community, university and beyond.” The season line-up includes:
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!
Sunday, August 6, 2017 7:00pm
(Single ticket sales available now)
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Friday, October 13, 2017 7:30pm
Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise!
Friday, November 10, 2017 6:00pm
(Single ticket sales available now)
Friday, December 8, 2017 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:30pm
Doctors in Recital
Saturday, January 20, 2018 7:00pm
Friday, January 26, 2018 7:00pm
Jazz Fest 48
Starring Janet Planet and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:00pm
PAW Patrol Live!
Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:00am & 2:00pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018 10:00am & 2:00pm
Riverdance 20 Years
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:30pm
The A Cappella Musical
Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:00pm
Brian Henson presents: Puppet Up: Uncensored
Friday, March 9, 2018 7:30pm
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Saturday, March 31, 2018 2:00pm & 7:30pm
UW-Green Bay Music and The Civic Symphony of Green Bay present
Sunday, April 15, 2018 3:00pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018 3:00pm & 8:00pm
University Music and Theatre (and Dance) Unveil Dynamic Programs
UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre also unveiled their upcoming season schedules during the event. The Music season includes Jazz Fest 48 (the longest running jazz festival in Wisconsin), Verdi’s Requiem (in collaboration with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay), and dozens of other performances by UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff.
“We’re thrilled to give students so many performance opportunities during the year while bringing great variety to the local arts scene,” says Randy Meder, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Music program. “The opportunity to perform in one of the most acoustically amazing concert halls in the Midwest is, for many of our students, the highlight of their college careers.”
Meder noted that the University will also host the American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition October 13-15, 2017, featuring some of the most talented up-and-coming vocalists from around the world.
UW-Green Bay’s Theatre and Dance, a seven-time recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Region III American College Theatre Festival’s company award for professionalism and safety, remains under the direction of University Theatre Professor Jeff Entwistle. University students are coming to the stage in Legally Blonde: The Musical; the highly popular Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson (the most produced living playwriting in America); and Danceworks, a celebration of dance in concert of faculty and student choreography, among others.
“Our 2017-18 season is giving our students great opportunities with the works of great playwrights,” Entwistle said. “We believe every Theatre and Dance season is special; and this one is going to be thought provoking, hilarious, and spectacular for students and the community alike.”
Weidner Center 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season tickets are currently on sale via subscription through July 16, 2017. To become a Weidner subscriber, simply select three or more Weidner Center events. Subscribers have the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price on July 20 when single tickets go on sale to the general public. You can place your subscription order online at WeidnerCenter.com, by calling 800-895-0071 or in person at all Ticket Star locations. Groups of 10 or more can order now by calling Ticket Star at 920-405-1249. Single tickets go on sale to the general public July 20, 2017, at 11am. All ticketing information is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.
Special show items to note: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! and Peppa Pig Live! are on sale now. Weidner Center Subscribers will receive special presale access for PAW Patrol Live! before single tickets go on sale in September. Tickets for the University Music and Theatre Season go on sale in September.
About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. The Stage Doors Education Series (announced May 12) serves more than 17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).
(Editor’s Note: Music and Theatre performances are held at either the Weidner Center or University Theatre. See enclosed for complete schedules of the 2017-2018 Music and Theatre programs or visit www.WeidnerCenter.com)
2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Music Season
13-15 American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition
Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center, Free Admission
-Preliminaries: Friday, October 13, 10am
-Semi-Finals: Saturday, October 14, 10am
-Finals: Sunday, October 15, 10am
17 Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band
21 Concert Choir & University Singers
21 Jazz Ensembles*
1 Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band
5 Concert Choir & University Singers
12 Chamber Ensembles
27 Jazz Fest 48 starring Janet Planet and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra
10 Annual Honors Recital
2 Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band
7 Concert Choir & University Singers
8 Jazz Ensembles*
15 UW-Green Bay Music and The Civic Symphony of Green Bay present Verdi’s Requiem
20-21 Opera Workshop
25 Wind Ensemble/Studio, Orchestra and Symphonic Band
1 Chamber Ensembles*
3 Jazz Ensembles*
* Event held in University Theatre in the UW-Green Bay Theatre Hall building
THE 6:30 CONCERT SERIES is an innovative performance series designed to connect the campus and surrounding communities with music in a deeper way. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers, and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse musical styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. The focus of the 2017-2018 series is the adventurous musicianship of the UW-Green Bay Music faculty. All performances begin at 6:30pm, last between 60 and 90 minutes, and are free and open to the public. Visit www.UWGB.com/music in September for full schedule.
2017-2018 UW-Green Bay Theatre Season
No Exit — October 12, 13, 14 and October 18, 19, 20, 21
Legally Blonde: The Musical — November 16, 17, 18
Wonder of the World — February 22, 23, 24, 28 and March 1, 2, 3
Danceworks — April 7, 8
Silent Sky — April 25, 26, 27, 28