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Broadway Fast 5: November

Tis the Season for big Broadway announcements and for Hamilton to shine. That and more in this month’s Fast 5.


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Get ready to rock! Broadway’s School of Rock started previews off with a special visit from the movie cast. It’s uncanny how similar some of them look. We’re excited for the official opening Dec. 6!



Photo by Bruce Glikas

Photo by Bruce Glikas

2.Broadway openings
Allegiance opened on Nov. 8, which tells a fictionalized story of  George Takei’s childhood in Japanese internment camps in WWII. Takei stars in the show, joined by co-stars Lea Salonga (the voice of Disney Princess’ Jasmine and Mulan), Telly Leung (Glee), Katie Rose Clarke and more.
On Your Feet, the musical based on the life story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, also opened this month and has been having box office success.


Dames at Sea

Dames at Sea


3.Broadway closings
Unfortunately, the revival of Sylvia (starring Annaleigh Ashford and Matthew Broderick) and first Broadway run (but classic show) Dames at Sea announced their closings. Both shows will end their Broadway runs on January 3. Dames at Sea is planning a national tour in 2017.



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It was a big month for some titles in our 2015-16 Season.
Kinky Boots welcomed Wayne Brady as the new Lola.
Motown announced their summer return to Broadway.
Nene Leaks joined the cast of Chicago. (and Chicago celebrated it’s 19th birthday).
Wow! We’re excited to see the touring casts come through!




1_1739965.Hamilton still soaring, takes #1 spot on rap chart
Once again the words “ground” and “breaking” are being applied to that gargantuan hit in residence at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. The Hamilton cast album has officially made it to number one on the Billboard Rap Album Chart for the week of November 28.

Special Holiday Deals at the Fox Cities P.A.C.!

holiday15The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is offering a week of holiday savings!

From Nov. 23-Dec. 1 you can purchase tickets early for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s  Cinderella and Motown the Musical ! Tickets for the Tue.-Thurs. performances of each show are $29 (+fees) in the Family Circle. Use code: HOLIDAY

Looking forward to the summertime? The 5 Milers also go on sale with tickets available for their August 2016 performance!

Not sure which is more appealing to your friends or family? Gift certificates make great gifts and can be purchased in any amount and applied to a ticket for any show!

If you know a super fan or are looking for a unique gift this holiday season, try a signed poster or Ovation show program,  which are 50% off during our holiday sale, Nov. 23 – Dec. 1! Choose from dozens of recent productions and get a signature keepsake! All proceeds benefit the Center’s mission.

We’ll continue the holiday celebration with  Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. This national movement is designed to remind everyone the importance of supporting nonprofits year-round!

Get in on the deals and get a unique gift this holiday season for someone in your life!

Ticket office hours for Thanksgiving week: Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.;Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.;Thursday – Friday: closed; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Winneconne High School to be featured in Jim Brickman Comfort & Joy concert

When Abby Schmidt, choir director of Winneconne High School, got the offer to have her choir perform with Jim Brickman when he stops at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Dec. 4 she simply said “we jumped at the chance!”

Schmidt will bring 45-50 students to sing two songs on stage at the holiday show. The group is currently preparing and here’s what Schmidt had to say about the opportunity.

jimbrickman-2015What will the group be performing? 
We will be singing two songs with Mr. Brickman; “Fa La La” and “Sending You a Little Christmas.”

How have you been preparing? 
We just got the music last week so we’ve been practicing in class and during our combined work time at the end of the day which we call Focus Time at Winneconne High School.

Why is this an important/impactful experience for high school aged students to perform with an artist like Brickman? 
This is a fabulous opportunity for our students. Getting to perform with a nationally touring artist is not only fun, but educational for the students. They are looking forward to being able to perform on the stage at the performing arts center and get to go backstage and see how a professional show is put together. They will get to do a sound check before the performance and see how a professional artist adjusts to a new space.  Also, Mr. Brickman’s music appeals to all ages and the students are really enjoying learning these pieces. I know it will be a wonderful experience for them to work with Mr. Brickman and perform at the Center.

Are the kids more nervous or excited at this point? 
The performance is still a few weeks away at this point so I think they are a bit more excited right now.  They are enjoying learning the music and working with each other.  I’m sure there will be some nerves on performance day, but I’m sure there will be a lot of excitement as well.

We can’t wait to see Jim Brickman, Winneconne High School students and other special guests on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.! Tickets are still available.

#GivingTuesday is Dec. 1

#GivingTuesday, the global campaign created to help foster the tradition of generosity, is fast approaching! The first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is meant to encourage charitable giving at a time when nonprofits can really benefit. As we near the end of the year, now is a great time to donate to a nonprofit as a tax deduction or gift to honor someone.

As a nonprofit arts and cultural education organization, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center relies on the financial support of individuals, businesses, grants and foundations in order to present many of the diverse programs that enhance the arts experience in our community. Through educational programming, culturally rich and diverse performances and partnerships in the Fox Cities, our donors help us to build communities, share exceptional arts experiences and change lives.

2015-Save-the-Date_blue-PROFILE-image-sizeJoin in with thousands of others on this year’s #GivingTuesday now through Dec. 1 to support the mission of the Fox Cities P.A.C. You can donate online or by using our printable gift form. You can also contact (920) 730-3782 to learn more about how your charitable gift makes an impact.

Whether it’s $1 or $100, every donation will assist in educating and entertaining people of all ages within the community.

Be a part of the giving movement this holiday season!

All proceeds benefit the Center’s mission and are tax deductible. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss The Grinch!



1. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is a Wisconsin Premiere!
That means you get to see it before all of your friends–or better, you get to invite all of your friends along! This show tours the country only during the holidays each year and is making it’s first stop and only Wisconsin stop at the Fox Cities P.A.C. this winter! You don’t want to miss it!

Stefan Karl as The Grinch. Photo by: PAPARAZZIBYAPPOINTMENT.COM

Stefan Karl as The Grinch. Photo by: PAPARAZZIBYAPPOINTMENT.COM


2. Let’s face it, you are already hearing the song in your head.
The show features all of your favorite cartoon moments, including the famous and familiar song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Experience it all like you never have before in this live action musical.





3. It’s tradition!
For so many families, watching Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas has become a holiday rite of passage! Continue the tradition but instead of gathering in front of the television, make a night of it and experience the hilarity and magic of the classic tale at the theater!




4.  The important lessons
As the famous Dr. Seuss book says “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps….means a little bit more.”–an important reminder, no doubt, for everyone and what a great message to share with your friends and family!


Brooke Lynn Boyd and Stefan Karl/

Brooke Lynn Boyd and Stefan Karl/


5. Your heart will grow three sizes
Whether it’s the contagious joy of the Whos, the warm, fuzzy holiday story or the personal joy you get from spending time with your loved ones at the theater, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is meant to help fill your heart with happiness in time for the holiday hustle.

Engaging the community

You may have heard of our Community First Community Engagement Activities in which we team up with local community partners to offer our patrons and guests a deeper look into a scheduled performance.

With the season in full swing we thought what better time to remind you about these valuable opportunities than when we have so many coming up!Untitled

While some Community First Community Engagement Activities are designed for ticket holders before a particular performance, there are also plenty of opportunities available for anyone in the community to enjoy.

Tonight, for ticket holders to Help! My Husband Has Gone Missing: My Daughter is Getting Married & I am Having Hot Flashes tips on how to stress less and personal hand massages provided by Sunflower Spa.

Next week we have a unique opportunity for the community with motivational speaker Daryl Price presents Dr. Seuss: Beyond Children’s Books at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 First Street in Menasha. This presentation provides educational and entertaining insight into the little-known facts and works of Dr. Seuss. It is appropriate for all ages, is free and open to the public with no R.S.V.P. required.

DSC_0501Just in time to spread some holiday cheer, The Grinch himself will do a reading at the Fox Cities Building for the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. as part of the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees. This event is free and open to the public.

There are also exciting Community Engagement Activities being planned for productions such as All is Calm, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Make sure to check our website before your scheduled performance to see if you can take advantage of these special opportunities and like us on Facebook to get all of the information you need for these free public activities!

P.A.R.T.Y. continues to share important message

It only takes one moment to change a life. For 5,000 students this week, we’re hoping that moment happens in their seats instead of on the road.


Jeff Lendrum : Lendrum Photography LLC

With P.A.R.T.Y., sponsored by the ThedaCare Foundation, now in its 17th year (11th at the Center) more than 50,000 students have been affected by the message of the responsibility and consequences that can come with their decisions behind the wheel.

The Center is honored to serve as a gathering place for students from 35 local high schools to be educated and reminded of the dangers of distracted driving, and to assist in keeping the conversation going when it comes to safe behavior on the road.

A program that started based in drinking and driving has adapted and becomes more relevant each year as it discusses texting and distracted driving in addition to not wearing a seatbelt as risky behaviors to avoid.

P.A.R.T.Y. stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth which the program works to do by creating a dramatic, realistic series of events that unfolds in front of the audience as police departments, fire departments, representatives from Theda Clark Medical Center and others play out a scene that happens far too often. The program isn’t meant to scare young drivers but instead to empower them to make positive choices every time they hit the road.

Party at The PAC 2013

Jeff Lendrum : Lendrum Photography LLC

Ray Georgen, MD, trauma medical director at Theda Clark Medical Center, said teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 have the greatest incidence of trauma injury and death so it’s essential to get out the message about making good choices. Dr. Georgen said the message P.A.R.T.Y. shares with teens is vital.

“Everyone thinks ‘it can’t happen to me,’ but it can. It’s something we unfortunately see too often at the Trauma Center at Theda Clark,” he said.  “We do this event every year and while some of the stories change – whether it’s drinking and driving or texting and driving – the message is the same: teens need to make good choices when they get behind the wheel.”