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Spotlight On: Gerald Henley

Have you ever wondered who calls you to your seats when the show is about to begin? Have you ever thought about who helps to keep everything moving backstage?

We’re putting the spotlight on Gerald Henley, who does both of those things and so much more as Director of Theatrical Productions at the Center.

geraldGerald began his work with the Center as a stage manager in 2004 and has become Director, managing all things backstage from before the show to the final load-out. In his role he also helps performers utilize our facility to perform in and works with agents to bring new, upcoming national artists for the Fox Cities to enjoy. Gerald can also often be heard as the voice of fanfare, requesting you take your seats before the show and often provides various tours for the Center.


IMG_4225Prior to his work at the Fox Cities P.A.C., he spent 11 ½ years on the road in the music industry. Gerald has also managed a stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee for the past 34 years.

When we asked Gerald what he would want people to know about him, it’s not who he’s worked with; instead, he wants people to know he has a passion for helping children become outstanding citizens in our community and he enjoys ‘paying it forward’. He is a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations with a focus on helping kids.

Next time you see Gerald, be sure to say hello!

Mark your calendars! Single ticket onsale dates announced!

Ever since we announced our 2015-16 Season and the benefits of becoming a Season Ticket Holder (including being among the first to secure your seats!) we’ve been asked when someone’s favorite show was going to have their public onsale.

Well, we are excited to tell you that all of our Boldt Arts Alive! shows will be available for public purchase on Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. These 15 titles incorporate comedy, history, dance, music, theater and cultures and traditions from all over the world at affordable prices so you can try something new!

We’re also very excited to kick up our heels with Kinky Boots, our first Broadway show to go on sale, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m.

Check out the full season line-up with dates, times and ticket prices.

Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across America – Fox Cities On Sale Dates are as follows: BAA_1516_FacebookCover

Kinky Boots (Oct. 13-18, 2015)
On sale: Aug. 28 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $50.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Nov. 17-22, 2015)
On sale: Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dec. 18-20, 2015)
On sale Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $50.

Disney’s Newsies (Feb. 2-7, 2016)
On sale Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $40.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Mar. 8-13, 2016)
On sale Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Motown The Musical (April 5-10, 2016)
On sale Feb. 5, 2016 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Chicago (May 17-22, 2016)
On sale Feb. 12, 2016 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Boldt Arts Alive! titles go on sale Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.1516season_home

Cirque Alfonse: Timber! (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015)
Tickets start at $25.

12th Annual Fox Cities Choral Music Festival (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015)
Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for adults.

Masters of Illusion – Believe the Impossible (Friday, Oct. 30, 2015)
Tickets start at $30.

Theater Latté Da’s All is Calm – The Christmas Truce of 1914 (Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015)
Tickets start at $25.

Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty (Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016)
Tickets start at $25.

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey starring Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio (Friday, Jan. 29, 2016)
Tickets start at $25.

The Band of the Royal Marines and The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards (Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016)
Tickets start at $35.

Mack Avenue Super Band featuring Gary Burton, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones and the Christian McBride Trio (Friday, Feb. 12, 2016)
Tickets start at $35.

Blaze The International Dance Spectacular (Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016)
Tickets start at $30.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Live! (Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016)
Tickets start at $25.

globalFEST on the Road – Creole Carnival with Emeline Michel, Casuarina and Brushy One String (Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016)
Tickets start at $25.

Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble (Friday, April 15, 2016)
Tickets start at $30.

Christine Ebersole Cabaret (Fri.-Sat., April 22-23, 2016)
Tickets start at $30.

Jane Lynch – See Jane Sing! (Thursday, May 5, 2016)
Tickets start at $45.

Rosanne Cash with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra along with guitarist John Leventhal and her band (Saturday, May 7, 2016)
Tickets start at $39.

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What dates will we be seeing you at the theater?

Must-see Newsies videos that will help you seize the day

Last week, someone on the internet had the brilliant idea to set the fantastic dance sequence from the original Disney movie, Newsies, to the recent break-out hit song Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars) and we couldn’t stop smiling.

So, while we were hitting repeat on youtube, we found out that dancing Newsies were kind of a thing…

We don’t know about you, but this makes us even more excited to see the Newsies bust a move in person and show off their stuff when the live Broadway show comes to the Center this winter!

Center announces changes to Board of Directors

It’s a new fiscal year here at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and that means some new fresh faces on our Board of Directors.

Please join us in welcoming Thomas Boldt, John Davis, Kevin Gilligan, Frank Kearny and Daniel Neufelder who will fill vacancies created by retiring board members Robert Abernathy, Barb Merry, Cathie Tierney and Sarah Traas. Also, current Board Member Beth Flaherty will succeed John J. Hogerty as Board Chair and current Board Member John Krause has been re-elected to board treasurer.


The 2015-16 Board of Directors of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Learn more about these board members below:
Current Board Member Beth Flaherty has been announced as Hogerty’s successor and took over as Board Chair on July 1. Flaherty has served as president of the board of the Women’s Fund and the Fox Valley Symphony and serves on the board of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts. She has also assisted with the Lawrence Academy of Music and Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust.

John Krause, a current board member, has also been re-elected to the role of treasurer on the Board of Directors. Krause is a partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, a full-service accounting and advisory firm that offers industry specialized services in audit, tax and management consulting. Krause first joined the board at the Center in 2012.

Thomas J. Boldt is Chief Executive Officer of The Boldt Company and is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Past Chair or Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Aldo Leopold Foundation among other involvements in the community.

John R. Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Great Northern Corporation, and has also served on several industry boards as well as leadership positions in the community such as the boards of United Way- Fox Cities, ThedaCare and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum.

Kevin Gilligan joined Appvion on June 9, 2014 as President of the paper division and had previously spent 20 years working for H. B. Fuller Company out of St. Paul Minnesota.

Frank Kearny moved to the Fox Valley in 1978 where he co-founded Banner Packaging, Inc. which would later be purchased by Bemis, where Kearny stayed until his retirement. After retiring, Mr. Kearny became involved in various startups including Resource One International where he remains chair. Mr. Kearny is also very involved with the Visiting Nurses Association in Neenah.

Daniel Neufelder serves as president and CEO of Ministry Health Care and is active in professional organizations where he has served in several leadership positions including immediate past chairman of the Wisconsin Hospital Association Board of Directors and Board of Directors for Secura Insurance.

Please help us wish them all a warm welcome to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center!

Already making headlines, Misty Copeland will make Broadway debut in On The Town

American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland to Make Broadway Debut in On the TownMisty Copeland is having a helluva week! After being named the first African-American prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theater a few days ago, it’s now been announced that she will make her Broadway debut in On the Town. Copeland will take over on August 25 for New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild, who originated the role of Ivy Smith in the revival. Copeland is set for a two-week limited engagement at the Lyric Theatre through September 6.

Copeland’s arrival should bring a needed boost to the tuner, which has been struggling with low grosses for some time and received four 2015 Tony nominations but no awards on the big night.

Perhaps we should have seen this coming—Copeland was one of the presenters at the 2015 Tonys! Named as one of this year’s 100 most influential people in the world by Time, her recent ballet credits include Coppélia, La Bayadère, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.

The new production, directed by John Rando, also currently stars Tony Yazbeck as Gabey, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Chip and Clyde Alves as Ozzie, Alysha Umphress as Hildy, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire, Jackie Hoffman as Madame Dilly, Michael Rupert as Judge Pitkin and Allison Guinn as Lucy Schmeeler.

First seen on Broadway in 1944, On the Town features music by Leonard Bernstein and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical’s toe-tapping numbers include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.”



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