We’re only 10 days out from the start of a grand opening week for the Weidner Center’s 2015-16 Performing Arts Series. Up first, on Friday night, Oct. 9, is a brand-new improv show, “Whose Live Anyway?” from the comedic minds behind the Emmy-nominated TV hit, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The next night, it’s the popular country-tinged vocal band Home Free, on Oct. 10. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary World Tour with four Irish musicians — three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist — accompanied by a full band, bagpipers, Irish dancers and (special to this tour) male vocalists, The Celtic Tenors. For details and ticket info on each of the first three shows.
Tickets for the 2015-2016 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season will go on sale outside of subscription this Friday, August 14 at 11 am. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations. As a reminder, this seasons shows include:
Whose Live Anyway?
Friday, October 9, 7:30pm
Home Free Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm
Celtic Woman * Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tuesday, October 20, 7:30pm
The Midtown Men Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm
Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm & Friday, November 20, 7:30pm
Ronnie Milsap ** Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis * Saturday, November 28, 7:30pm
Holiday Pops Friday, December 11, 7:30pm & Saturday, December 12, 2:30pm
Doctors in Recital Saturday, January 16, 7:00pm
Vocalosity Friday, January 22, 7:30pm
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Saturday, January 30, 11:00am
L.A. Theatre Works – Bram Stoker’s Dracula Tuesday, February 2, 7:30pm
Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom – Celebrating 100 Years Friday, February 12, 7:30pm
The Peking Acrobats – 30th Anniversary Tour Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
ONCE Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm
PostSecret: The Show Saturday, February 27, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Dancing in the Streets Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm
Wild Kratts Live! Friday, April 8, 7:00pm
Mnozil Brass Tuesday, April 12, 7:30pm
RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles Sunday, May 1, 7:30pm
*Tickets are already on sale for Celtic Woman and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis.
** Please note show date and time change for Ronnie Milsap.
Broadway shows, entertaining comedy, music icons and family fun are among the highlights of the 2015-16 Performing Arts Season line-up at UWGB’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. A stage full of Weidner friends and patrons joined Weidner Center Executive Director Kate Green in highlighting the new season at a kick-off event June 24.
In honor of UW-Green Bay’s upcoming and yearlong 50th anniversary celebration the Weidner Center is announcing a three-performance package for only $50. It includes Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk, L.A. Theatre Works’ Bram Stroker’s Dracula, and Mnozil Brass, quickly becoming an international sensation (technical virtuosity and comedic brilliance).
The front page of Sunday’s (June 13) Press-Gazette Life and Family section featured a great story on another strong year for the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, highlighting both a dynamic new Performing Arts Season and another year of finishing in the black. Reporter Kendra Meinert highlighted some of the acts that likely will be most popular — “I Love Lucy” live, STOMP, Dancing Pros and Alton Brown among them — and talked to Weidner Executive Director Kate Green about the venue’s success. “We could tell attendance was increasing just by ticket sales at each show, but it’s still cumulatively very encouraging to know what we’re booking is of interest to the community, and people are paying attention to the events that are happening here,” Green said. “ … I hear more people saying, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of great stuff happening at the Weidner’ than years ago when it was, ‘Oh, I thought they closed.’ ” The story also gives credit to Chancellor Tom Harden, who had a key role in the Weidner’s turnaround. Read story.
Our friends at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts unveiled a dynamic 2014-15 Performing Arts Season Wednesday (June 25) evening, delighting attendees with word of shows including Camelot, Sister Act, Alton Brown, Oak Ridge Boys, Dancing Pros: Live and much, much more. The 2014-15 season will be the third in UW-Green Bay’s 5-year strategic plan to reinvigorate the signature performing arts venue, and each lineup thus far has been bigger and better than the last. “Last year’s expanded lineup of offerings included more of the vibrant, diverse programming our audiences want, and this season offers even more with 27 titles,” said Weidner Executive Director Kate Green. “Thanks to input from our patrons and community members, we’ve developed another fantastic season of shows that we’re excited to share.” You can check out the full Weidner Center press release, as well as the season brochure, sizzle reel and more, by clicking the links below:
Weidner Center press release
Weidner Center season brochure
Weidner Center Executive Director Kate Green was up and at ’em early Thursday, making the radio station rounds to talk about the center’s exciting new season. Her interviews with several area radio stations started at 7 a.m., and there’s more to come tomorrow. Green will be on WQLH STAR 98 with Steve and Laura at 8 a.m. Friday (June 27), and WFRV TV with Lisa Malak at 9:20 a.m. Friday. The Green Bay Press-Gazette put the season announcement on Thursday’s front page, and various other media outlets covered the lineup reveal, as well. A sampling of coverage is as follows:
Green Bay Press-Gazette
For fans of Broadway shows, comedy, music icons and legends, family entertainment, celebrities and so much more the 2014/15 season will not disappoint.
The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of UW-Green Bay, announced its new season June 25 during a special event for patrons, friends and the campus community.
“Last year’s expanded lineup of offerings included more of the vibrant, diverse programming our audiences want, and this season offers even more with 27 titles,” said Weidner Center Executive Director Kate Green. “Thanks to the input from our patrons and community members, we’ve developed another fantastic season of shows that we’re excited to share.”
The 2014/15 Performing Arts Season is as follows:
• Brian Regan, 7:30pm Thursday, September 25. Tickets starting at $52.50.
• Camelot, 7:30pm Friday, October 17. Tickets starting at $35.00.
• 360 ALLSTARS, 7:30pm Saturday, October 25. Tickets starting at $ 38.50.
• Dancing Pros: Live 7:30pm Thursday, November 13. Tickets starting at $41.50.
• Les Stroud: Survivorman – Live in Concert, 7:30pm Saturday, November 15. Tickets starting at $38.50.
• The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!, 7:30pm Saturday, November 29. Tickets starting at $34.00.
• Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 7:30pm Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Tickets starting at $40.50.
• Sister Act, 7:30pm Monday, December 15. Tickets starting at $35.00.
• The Oak Ridge Boys Hits & Christmas Show, 3:00pm Sunday, December 21. Tickets starting at $34.50. Additional fees apply.
• Jim Brickman On A Winter’s Night, 7:30pm Saturday, December 27. Tickets starting at $43.75.
• I Love Lucy – Live on Stage, 2:00pm & 7:30pm Thursday, January 15. Tickets starting at $38.50.
• Doctors In Recital, 7:00pm Saturday, January 17. Tickets $20.00. Additional fees apply.
• STOMP, 7:30pm January 27 – 28. Tickets starting at $35.00.
• The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, 11:00am Saturday, January 31. Tickets starting at $15.00.
• Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, 7:30pm Thursday, February 12. Tickets starting at $37.00.
• Alton Brown Live: The Edible Inevitable Tour, 7:30pm Friday, February 13. Tickets starting at $49.50.
• Sid the Science Kid: Live!, 11:00am Saturday, February 21. Tickets starting at $25.00.
• Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 7:30pm Sunday, February 22. Tickets starting at $37.50.
• Over the Rainbow: Musical Tribute to the Artistry of Judy Garland, featuring Hilary Kole, 7:30pm Wednesday, February 25. Tickets starting at $38.50.
• Million Dollar Quartet, 7:30pm Wednesday, March 4. Tickets starting at $35.00.
• Dinosaur Train: Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure, 3:00pm Sunday, March 8. Tickets starting at $25.00.
• The Priests, 7:30pm Friday, March 20. Tickets starting at $38.50.
• Moscow City Ballet’s Swan Lake, 7:00pm Sunday, March 22. Tickets starting at $35.00.
• Orchid Ensemble, 7:30pm Wednesday, April 15. Tickets $22.00.
• The Best of The Second City, 7:30pm Thursday, April 16. Tickets starting at $38.50.
• Elling Swings Sinatra, 7:00pm Sunday April 26. Tickets starting at $41.50.
• Say Goodnight Gracie, 7:30pm Saturday, May 16. Tickets starting at $38.50.
Tickets are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select three or more of the Performing Arts Season events listed above to qualify as a subscriber, buy 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 August 1 when single tickets go on sale to the general public.
More information about the Weidner Center, including ticketing info, is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.
The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located near the center of UW-Green Bay’s bayshore campus on the northeast side of the city of Green Bay, 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, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook and Twitter (@WeidnerCenter).