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Broadway Fast 5: January

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It’s a new, exciting year full of Broadway announcements and exciting tours. Catch it all in this month’s Fast 5.

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‘Rent’

1.Rent launches 20th Anniversary tour
It’s time now to sing out! Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent will hit the road this fall for a 20th anniversary production. Based on the original direction by Tony nominee Michael Greif, Evan Ensign will restage the touring show. Casting and city stops will be announced at a later date.

 

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‘Aladdin’ (Photo by Joan Marcus)

 

2.Aladdin will go on tour, starting with stop in Chicago
With new horizons to pursue, the hit Disney musical Aladdin will launch a national tour in April 2017, beginning at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre. Casting for the touring production, as well as future engagements, will be announced at a later date.

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Ethan Slater

 

3.Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Ethan Slater, a newcomer, has been cast as SpongeBob Squarepants in the Broadway-aimed The SpongeBob Musical. Actress Lilli Cooper is set to play Sandy Cheeks.

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Marissa Jaret Winokur and the cast of ‘Hairspray’ (Photo by Bruce Glikas)

 

4.Run & Tell That! Hairspray Tapped as NBC’s Next Live Telecast
We can hear the bells…on NBC! The Peacock network may bring the 2002 Tony-winning musical Hairspray to the small screen as its 2016 live broadcast. According to multiple reports, the announcement was made by network honcho Bob Greenblatt at the Television Critics Association press tour.

 

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Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough and the cast of ‘Grease: Live!’

5. We’ll be dancing (and singing) along in our living rooms: Grease- Live airs Jan. 31!
How’re those viewing party plans coming? Grease: Live will air on Fox on January 31. Aaron Tveit takes on the role of Danny with Julianne Hough as Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, KeKe Palmer as Marty, Carly Rae Jepson as Frenchy, Boyz II Men as Teen Angel, Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine, Jessie J as a performer and Carlos Penavega as Kenickie among others.

 

 

Announcing Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards

 

The Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards is an education initiative that celebrates and supports the achievements of high school theater programs in Northeastern Wisconsin. Theater experts will serve as a team of adjudicators to provide feedback and determine awards for participating schools based on extraordinary achievements and processes of developing young artists, onstage and offstage. The program culminates with an annual awards showcase (modeled after the Tony Awards®) to recognize outstanding student performances.

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A sample of the awards to be given out next year at the first annual awards showcase.

Award Categories for 2016-17:
(Multiple schools/students will be recognized in each category as performances merit.)
Outstanding Musical Theater Production Award
Oustanding Performance by Lead Actor Award

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A group of students from eight different high schools helped the Center to announce this new initiative.

Outstanding Performance by Lead Actress Award

 

Outstanding Performance by Supporting Actor Award
Outstanding Performance by Supporting Actress Award
Outstanding Ensemble Award
Community Engagement Award
Achievement Award
Backstage Spirit Award

 

The program also provides students with opportunities to engage in the arts throughout the school year with learning opportunities at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center including master classes, workshops and special performance opportunities. Each year, two students will be nominated from the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards to represent the program at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City.

 

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The Jan. 26 kick-off event.

Goals of the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards are to:

  • Celebrate the artistic achievements of local high schools, students and teachers involved in their school’s musical theater program.
  • Reinforce high school’s programs by providing high-quality learning opportunities.
  • Engage students through the arts.
  • Advocate for the importance of arts education.

 

Currently, the program is open to schools located within a 45-mile radius of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Program registration will be accepted on a first come, first-served basis in spring 2016!

For more information or to be added to the program mailing list contact Cassie Schroeder at (920) 730-3764 or cschroeder@foxcitiespac.com.

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Tell Us Everything! Newsies’ Joey Barreiro Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted some answers and, luckily, those performers were more than happy to indulge us by sharing their road diaries. Joey Barreiro plays Jack Kelly in the touring production of Disney’s Newsies, and he told us that he’s a big Larry David fan, can’t leave home without his guitar and is a Renthead. Find out what else makes Barreiro tick below!

Who is a performer who inspires you?
Art Tatum.

What’s the piece of advice you’d give to young performers?
Listen.

What’s the one thing that has to come with you when you’re on the road?
My guitar.

What was the show that hooked you on theater and performing?
RENT was my first Broadway show. At the time, I was really drawn to the curse words (sorry mom!). Now, I prefer listening to the demo recording. “Right Brain” is a guilty pleasure.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve bought for yourself while on the road?
I ate a pork shank that I’ll never forget.


What’s something you’re passionate about outside of performing?
HGTV. House Hunters has my heart.

You only get to bring one book, one album and one movie with you for a year—what are they?
A foreign language textbook
The Glenn Gould Edition – Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
The Green Mile…or The Truman Show…or Her

What cartoon character is your spirit animal?
Larry David. I know. Larry David.

Being on tour with Newsies has taught me…
Tea is hot. Be careful!

What’s your dream role?
Nothing specific. Someone in a Tom Stoppard play.

About Raisin’ Cane by Harry Clark

It was an exceptional time. It was our time. It was time.

Time: 1920s. Place: Harlem, New York, USA.

The Harlem Renaissance was a pent-up explosion of brilliant prose, poetry, politics and music of African-Americans ready to say their piece.

Raisin Cane-377 copy(1)The words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, George Schuyler, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gwendolyn Bennett, Father Divine, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many others are woven into a panoramic theatrical narrative that scans an extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor lasting a decade until the Great Depression brought all to an end. Jean Toomer’s Cane, the incomparable short novel that started the sparks flying, is given its full due in this musical theater work. The theatrical narrative is a tour-de-force for an African-American actress to embody the thoughts and emotions of such a powerful and diverse set of thinkers, artists, religious leaders and politicians. Raisin’ Cane has found just such an actress and entertainer in renown film, television, and stage actress Jasmine Guy.

Image 18.jpgWith a superb original score by New England jazz master bassist/composer Avery Sharpe, the music and words become one. Composed for the trio of bassist Avery Sharpe, brother Kevin Sharpe on many percussion instruments, and jazz violinist great John Blake, the music is suggestive of the period. At times the score supports the spoken word, at times interacts with the spoken word, and it also has its space to shine solely on its own. A special feature of Raisin’ Cane are visuals, photos and paintings of the key artists, plus striking photos and paintings of the period showing Harlemites in everyday work situations and in joyful celebratory dance and musical jazz settings. The text is taken from writings of W.E.B. DuBois (Returning from War), Zora Neale Hurston, the novel Cane of Jean Toomer, poems of WeldonJohnson(O Southland), Claude McKay(If We Must Die and “The Tropics in New York”), Gwendolyn Bennett(To Usward), Lanston Hughes(“I, Too, Sing America” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”),Countee Cullen(“Nothing Endures”), and Georgia Douglas Johnson (“I Want to Die While You Love Me”).

See Raisin’ Cane Friday, Jan. 29 at the Fox Cities P.A.C.!

 

Familiar Faces: Jane Lynch

Yes, you’ve seen her before. Even if you don’t immediately recognize the name of Jane Lynch, who will be bringing her See Jane Sing! cabaret performance to the Fox Cities P.A.C. May 5, you most certainly have seen her face and heard her voice before.

Infact, her IMDB database reads more like a list of some of the most popular TV shows of the past 20 or so years. Appearing on everything from Friends to Fraiser, Gilmore Girls to the X-Files, Lynch’s comedic flair and distinct style have made her a mainstay. Most recently known for her hilarious portrayal of Coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, she currently appears in Angel from Hell on CBS and is the award-winning host of Hollywood Game Night.

So where might you have seen her?

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Photo Courtesy of Fox

 

 

 

As Sue Sylvester, the cheerleading coach, on Glee.

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of FanPop.com

 

 

As Paula, the store manager, in The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

 

 

 

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As the voice of Calhoun in Wreck-It Ralph.

 

 

 

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HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT — Episode 104 — Pictured: Jane Lynch — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

 

 

 

As the hilarious host of Hollywood Game Night on NBC.

 

 

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of Broadway.com

 

 

 

From her role as Miss Hannigan in Broadway’s 2014 revival of Annie.

 

 

 

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Photo by Jake Bailey

 

 

 

In her critically-acclaimed cabaret show, See Jane Sing! which is currently touring and coming to the Fox Cities P.A.C. May 5! Tickets are on sale now!

5 Reasons to see Disney’s Newsies!

Newsies, a Disney Theatrical Production under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Newsies, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, starring Dan Deluca (Jack Kelly), Steve Blanchard (Joseph Pulitzer), Stephanie Styles (Katherine Plumber), Angela Grovey (Medda), Jacob Kemp (Davey), Zachary Sayle (Crutchie), Anthony Rosenthal or Vincent Crocilla (Les) and Matthew J. Schechter (Les) under the direction of Jeff Calhoun, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, North American Tour premiere Thursday October 30 Philadelphia

 

1.The dancing

If there’s one thing you’ve heard about  Disney’s Newsies already it is probably that it has incredible dancing and that it does! You will not want to miss a minute of the high-flying, toe-tapping, fast-spinning action!

Morgan Keene (Katherine) and Joey Barreiro (Jack Kelly). North American Tour company of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Shane Gutierrez.

Morgan Keene (Katherine) and Joey Barreiro (Jack Kelly). North American Tour company of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Shane Gutierrez.

 

2. It’s different than the movie

Have you seen Disney’s Newsies the film? No? Great! Yes? Great, too! The live show takes all of your favorite parts of the film, adding a little more umph to the love story and some fantastic new music without loosing the original feel. It also stands alone as an awesome piece of musical theater. That means all Fansies will appreciate a show they know and love!

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3. The music is catchy

The World Will Know….Seize The Day…Sante Fe…you will be humming along for days after hearing this catchy, upbeat music with a powerful, relatable message!

Morgan Keene (Katherine) and Newsies. North American Tour company of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.

Morgan Keene (Katherine) and Newsies. North American Tour company of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.

 

 

4. Its historical

The story is based on the 1899 newsboy strike and offers a unique look at what newspapers and publishing meant in that time and even includes historical figures such as Joseph Pulitzer and Theodore Roosevelt.

Joey Barreiro (Jack Kelly) (center) and the North American Tour company of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.

Joey Barreiro (Jack Kelly) (center) and the North American Tour company of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.

 

 

5. An amazing set
The set of Newsies looks pretty simple on first glance but throughout the show you begin to realize that the innovative way everything comes together is definitely something that will have you talking.

 

Tickets for Disney’s Newsies are on sale now for performances Feb. 2-7!

 

Fox Cities P.A.C. presents a week of community autism programming

The  Fox Cities Performing Arts Center   is proud to present a week of autism programming! In partnership with several local organizations and Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box, the Center welcomes the community to explore and promote autism awareness and inclusion through the arts during a special week of activities Jan. 11-16.

MONDAY, JAN. 11:

Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts: Implications for an Inclusive Classroom
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4-7 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, downtown Appleton
Pre-registration is required. To register call (920) 730-3764; fees are $30 or $25 (for Appleton Area School District staff.) The fee includes the workshop materials and a boxed dinner. Learn More

TUESDAY, JAN. 12:

HFA-Square-LogoHappy Face Apparel Mini Sessions 
Inside the Market Place, downtown Neenah

sponsorsSpecial Needs Photo Sessions
10 a.m.-1 p.m. led by Scanlan Studios 
Food for the Heart, Mind & Soul
10 – 11 a.m. led by Rebecca Aldag of Aldag Wellness
Let’s Play!
12- 1 p.m.led by Play Therapist Meridith Starling, MSSW, CISW, EDS of Sandbox Family Counseling
Learn More

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4- 4:45 p.m., Appleton Public Library, downtown Appleton
Learn More

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13:

HFA-Square-LogoHappy Face Apparel Mini Sessions
Inside the Market Place, downtown Neenah
sponsorsSpecial Needs Photo Sessions
3-6 p.m., led by Scanlan Studios
Food for the Heart, Mind & Soul 
3- 4 p.m. led by Rebecca Aldag of Aldag Wellness
Let’s Play!
5-6 p.m. led by Play Therapist Meridith Starling, MSSW, CISW, EDS of Sandbox Family Counseling
Learn More

THURSDAY, JAN. 14:

redkitelogoChicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Pre-registration is required; seats for the performance are $5 and must be purchased in advance by calling (920) 730-3726 or online at foxcitiespac.com.

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What About Me? What Children Who Have Siblings with Autism Want (and Need)
4:30-5:30 p.m., Appleton Public Library, downtown Appleton
Led by Harriet Redman, Executive Director of WisconSibs
Learn More

FRIDAY, JAN. 15:

redkitelogoChicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Pre-registration is required; seats for the performance are $5 and must be purchased in advance by calling (920) 730-3726 or online at foxcitiespac.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 16:

kidsSpectrum Saturday
9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Building for Kids, downtown Appleton
Families must arrive between the hours of 9 – 10 a.m.; but are encouraged to stay as late as they wish. A lower sensory experience will be offered until 10 a.m.
Learn More

 

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1-2 p.m., Heid Music, downtown Appleton
Led by artist Rhen Helling Learn More

Performances of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box are sponsored by Mary A. Strange and the SAC Developmental Disabilities fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.

rkbbbernieAll children with autism registered and attending a performance of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box will be gifted a Bernie the Buddyfly. This special friend is a cuddlebug made by Scentsy®  and will be generously provided thanks to the Mielke Family Foundation, a supporting organization within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. Each doll purchased by the Foundation provided an $8 donation toward Autism Speaks which helps to fund global research and spread awareness.

Classroom Connections Teacher Workshop: Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts is supported through the Armin F. and Eddie C. Schroeder Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. This workshop is provided through the partnership between the Center and the Appleton Area School District in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Week of Community Autism Programming is sponsored by the Mielke Family Foundation, a supporting organization within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. and a grant from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

UntitledAll Community Engagement Activities are sponsored by Community First Credit Union. Mission-based programming is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center would also like to recognize the community members, businesses and organizations hosting, leading and planning workshops and the committee of community contributors who helped make this week possible.