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Amazon makes us smile

Do you want a free, convenient way to support the Fox Cities P.A.C.? Try smiling.

AmazonSmile, a program specially designed to support charitable organizations, is now set up for the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center so when you shop Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products directly to us.

It’s like donating—while you shop! works just like Amazon but when you first log-in to the site select the Center as your favorite nonprofit. Find your deals, fill your cart and check-out, Amazon will take care of the rest! It’s just that simple.

Every time you log-in you can choose to support the Fox Cities P.A.C.!

So as you prepare for your holiday shopping remember to SMILE and update your bookmarks to and help support our Center.

Thank you and happy shopping!

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It takes a community: The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center as a nonprofit

The old adage is that it takes a village to raise a child and truly, we here at the Center can relate.

It took an entire community to raise the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center from a dream to the reality that is a thriving, state-of-the-art arts and cultural education organization.

As a nonprofit, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is challenged on a regular basis to seek financial support from the community to supplement the expense of bringing the best acts from all over the world, community outreach and a valuable education series that serves an average of 23,000 students each year.

Thanks to a dedicated community, we are able to support these wonderful programs through two major campaigns.


Each year our Annual Partners donate over $1.5 million to help to support the Boldt Arts Alive! Series and the Bemis Company Education Series including daytime performances, special classes and workshops for at-risk youth. This campaign also helps to subsidize the use of our facility for other groups and nonprofits, allowing the Center to be a gathering place for performances, meetings, receptions, celebrations and educational events. Annual Partners also help to support and develop community relationships and activities that utilize the arts to strengthen family units and support creative learning through specialized programs.



Photo by Ken Cobb

Our other source of support is the Keystone Campaign, a fund that exists to ensure the long term sustainability of the Center in the community. The Keystone Campaign is designed to provide sufficient cash reserves, working capital and the security to weather economic downturns or other unforeseen challenges.

The Keystone Campaign recently reached the major milestone of raising $25 million, thanks to a dedicated community and the strong leadership of visionaries Oscar and Pat Boldt, Barb and Chuck Merry and former Center President Susan Stockton. This amount reflects 208% of the Center’s operating budget, which falls into the 200-500% amount stated as a best practice by the National Arts Strategies Fund. While still on the low end of that recommendation, reaching this milestone means we as a Center are on the right track to assure that high quality live theatrical experiences are available in Northeast Wisconsin for generations to come. The Center will continue to seek support for this fund to meet ongoing needs and supplement growth and innovation for years to come.

Some Annual Partners also donate to the Keystone Campaign and vice versa noting that supporting the arts adds an immeasurable value to Northeast Wisconsin in terms of economic impact, adding to a vibrant community, building relationships and attracting families and employees to the region in addition to transforming the area through exceptional live performances.

We, as a nonprofit, would like to thank our donors who continue to support the arts and believe in our mission of being a gathering place for the community! To learn more how you can make a tax deductible gift to the Center, please visit or call the Advancement team at (930) 730-3782.

Broadway Fast 5: April



April was another big month on Broadway with many new shows opening in time for award season recognition! Catch up on everything you need to know in this month’s Broadway Fast Five!

CDrgbDFWAAAYVed1) Awards, awards, awards

In addition to the Tony nominations announced earlier this week, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk all selected their nominees this month. While each list honors slightly different productions clear front runners appear to be Something Rotten!, An American in Paris and Fun Home.


1_1719062) National tours of new musicals announced

Both An American in Paris and Finding Neverland have announced that they will launch a US Tour for the 2016-17 Season, though casting, dates and theaters have yet to be announced.


1_1732513) Cartoon to stage

The stage version of 1997 cartoon musical Anastasia has received a theater, dates for initial opening. The musical will be under the artistic direction of Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) at Hartland Stage.  Meanwhile, we also got a sneak peek of the new stage adaptation of James and the Giant Peach from Megan Hilty and Christian Borle that you have to check out.


41_172984) Big names head to the big stage

Lengendary R&B singer Brandy Norwood made her Broadway debut this month as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s Chicago. Actress and notable Les Miserables-movie-Fantine also opened Grounded, an off-Broadway play addressing the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home.


MM!USTourCast2013_015) To close or not to close?

While we told you last month that long-running off-Broadway favorite, The Fantasticks was to close, it seems two anonymous donors have stepped up to continue to fund the show. However, everyone has their time and it appears after becoming the 8th longest running show in Broadway history, and the longest running juke-box musical in history, Mamma Mia! has announced its closing date this September. Thanks for the music!


Get caught up on Broadway news with Fast Fives from MarchFebruary and January.

A Season You Won’t Want To Miss!


How in the world could you commit to a full year of fabulous performances? You’re busy! You’re life is unpredictable!

These are the things we hear all the time at the Center, and for good reason. We’re busier than ever these days and our calendars fill quickly with appointments, practices, work obligations. However, just as often as we hear that it would be impossible to commit to a show next March, we hear how wonderful it is to have built in date-nights, to prioritize seeing that great show you heard about so you don’t miss it in the hustle and bustle and how worth while it becomes to take a night for yourself.

Season Ticket Packages are more flexible than they sound!

For Broadway there are several options to make sure you are seeing your top shows when it fits into your calendar.

1516season_homeSeason Ticket Holders have the option of easy-exchange tickets. Get a Season Ticket Package for Saturday night only to find out you have another commitment during your favorite show of the season? Enjoy a hassle-free switch to any other day of the run.*

Season Ticket Holders can also Swap-A-Show meaning if you know you are going to be out of town or if you’ve already seen a show you can trade your tickets** for another show within our fabulous season!

Also as a Season Ticket Holder these benefits will transfer to any of the 40 Broadway Across America markets meaning you can exchange your tickets here to see the same production in another city if something comes up!

Oh, and did we mention you get to reserve your seats before the general public? This saves you time and prevents you from missing out on those great seats you wanted!

Find out more about becoming a Season Ticket Holder on our website.



*Subject to availability. Ticket exchanges and seat upgrades may include addition charges if you exchange/upgrade into a higher priced performance or seating location. Some restriction may apply.
**Swapping into another show may include additional charges if you exchange into a hihger priced performance or seating location. Only one show per season, per account may be swapped. Due to limited availability, some titles may not be swapped into at Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across America- Fox Cities’ discretion. Not available online. Deadline for Swap-a-Show is August 31,2015.

Broadway Fast 5: March


It’s been a busy month on Broadway with new openings and brand new performances hitting the Great White Way but there’s also been other news and what you need to know is in your Broadway Fast 5.

Stomp1. Stomp affected by NYC apartment explosion

Last week’s apartment explosion and massive fire in New York’s East Village has shut-down performances of popular show Stomp, at least temporarily. The long-running show performs at the Orpheum Theatre, which sits across the street from the site of the collapse on 2nd Avenue.

20thcentury2. On The Twentieth Century opens after illness forces delay, will record cast album

After male-lead Peter Gallagher came down with a severe sinus infection, the opening of On The Twentieth Century, a revival currently co-starring Kristin Chenoweth, was slightly delayed. However, the show has since been playing to packed houses and recently announced it plans to record a cast album.

3. Ever After MusicalEverafter

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced it will close its 76th season with the world-premiere of Ever After, a new musical adapted from the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore. The production will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. The Paper Mill Playhouse production will star If/Then’s James Snyder as Prince Henry and Margo Seibert as Danielle de Barbarac. Joining them are Tony winner Christine Ebersole as Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, Tony Sheldon as Leonardo da Vinci and Emmy winner Charles Shaugnessy as King Francis. Performances will begin at the New Jersey venue on May 21 and run through June 21. Christine Ebersole will be in the Fox Cities April 22-23.


Beautiful4. Beautiful will hit silver screen

After a successful start on Broadway and a recent opening in the West End, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has set its sights on the silver screen. The New York Times reports that Douglas McGrath, who wrote the book for the show, will pen the screenplay. Casting has not been announced.


5. The Fantasticks, longest running off-Broadway musical, to closefANTASTICS

After 55 years, off-Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, will shutter on May 3. At the time of its closing the production will have played a total of 20,672 performances in NYC: 17,162 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and 3,510 performances at the Snapple Theater Center.




Get caught up on Broadway news with Fast Fives from February and January.


Broadway Fast 5: February


New shows, new casts and new things to look forward to all this month in your Fast Five!

2364-11. Spring brings new shows

Spring is coming and so is a whole new group of fabulous Broadway shows. The buzz around a new Broadway line-up has been mounting this month as Broadway fans everywhere take advantage of the cold weather to read up on each one and schedule visits to see their favorites. On The Twentieth Century, a revival featuring Peter Gallagher and Kristin Chenoweth began previews this month and will officially open in March. Other top shows that start previews in March include Finding Neverland starring Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, The Visit starring Chita Rivera, An American in Paris based on the Academy Award winning film, It Shoulda Been You featuring Tyne Daly and David Burtka, and finally, Something Rotten starring Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James, John Cariani and more. It will certainly be a busy season!



Emma Watson

Emma Watson

2. Live-action Beauty and the Beast announced

Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, has announced that she will play Belle in an upcoming live-action recreation of the beloved Disney film. The film will be helmed by Dreamgirls and Side Show’s Bill Condon and is set to begin production in 2015. No release date has yet been scheduled. reported British actress Emma Thompson is in talks to play Mrs. Potts.




John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig

3. Glee star fills big shoes on Broadway

After John Cameron Mitchell, who originated the character of Hedwig, injured his knee performing the role earlier this month, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) stepped back in for temporary relief. But Mitchell, who extended his run through April 26, returned this week knowing who will wear the wig next! Darren Criss (Glee) was announced as the next man to play the transgender rock goddess and we can hardly wait!




4. Frozen looks to 2017 for Broadway

It looks like Frozen may be settling into a 2017 goal for the Great White Way. Rumor has it new songs will be included in the production that will be directed by Alex Timbers. Disney Theatrical even released a statement confirming the project with Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez, the original song writers, returning along with Jennifer Lee, codirect and screenwriter for the film.




Jesse Mueller who plays Carole King in Beautiful.

Jessie Mueller who plays Carole King in Beautiful.

5. Some kind of wonderful! Beautiful wins 2015 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical took home the trophy for Best Musical Theater Album. The musical beat out the albums of Aladdin, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the San Francisco Symphony’s West Side Story. The Beautiful win is shared by the Tony-winning leading lady Jessie Mueller and producers Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell and Billy Jay Stein.



Get caught up with Broadway Fast 5’s for January and December.

The Perfect Match: Ballroom with a Twist edition!

We’re so excited to have Ballroom with a Twist taking the stage Tuesday night! Dancing with the Stars pros Anna Trebunskaya, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani and Dmitry Chaplin will also be part of an exclusive Meet ‘N Greet after the show! So who can you ask them about? Play our perfect match game to find out.

1. This pro had famous partners Jerry Rice, Carson Kressley and Evan Lysacek.


Photos from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

2. This pro had famous partners Melissa Rycroft, Kate Gosslin and Nene Leaks.

Photos from ABC's Dancing with the Stars

Photos from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

3. This pro had famous partners Emmit Smith, Drew Carey and Rob Kardashian.

Photos from ABC's Dancing with the Stars

Photos from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

4. This pro had famous partners Mya, Holly Madison and Petra Nemcova.

Photos from ABC's Dancing with the Stars

Photos from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

Do you think you know the famous faces? Are you ready to find out which pro danced with your favorite star?

1. Anna Trebunskaya danced with Rice (season 2), Kressley (season 13), and Lysacek (season 10). Anna_bwat 2. Tony Dovolani danced with Rycroft (season 8, winner season 15),  Gosslin (season 10), Leaks (season 18). ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" - Season 17 - Gallery 3. Cheryl Burke danced with Smith (winner season 3), Carey (season 18) and Kardashian (season 13). ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" - Season 10 - Gallery 4. Dmitry Chaplin danced with Mya (season 9), Madison (season 8) and Nemcova (season 12). ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" - Season 12 - Gallery So who are you most excited to see take the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center stage?    

Family First Nights make a difference for local families

DSC_0057The Broadway League’s Family First Nights® is a nationwide program that is specifically designed to encourage underprivileged families to attend theater on a regular basis. For those who participate in the program through the Fox Cities P.A.C., it is also a dynamic, interactive experience that changes the way they look at each show.

This season marks the Center’s seventh year participating in the Family First Nights program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley. The goal of the program is not only to introduce families to the magic of Broadway but also create lasting memories with Center created resource guides and special activities to give them deeper perspective on what they will be seeing.

DSC_0047 Recently, a group from the Boys and Girls Club in Appleton continued their Family First Nights experience with a visit to Rock Garden Studios in preparation for the musical Once. The group explored and learned about the recording industry in Appleton including the history of the studio whose recording console has recorded greats such as the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli and Olivia Newton-John.


This group of Family First Night participants will close out their experience by attending Jersey Boys.

The Broadway League’s Family First Nights is supported by John and Sally Mielke.


Fox Valley welcomes it gets better residency

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The youtube movement that became a traveling production will arrive at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Feb. 16-21. Along with INCLUDE, the Center will host Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) for a weeklong residency, taking their message of tackling bullying and difficult issues into the community in 10 different workshops and two public performances.

Throughout the week, GMCLA will visit Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Kaukauna, Menasha and Neenah high schools to meet with students and faculty in specially designed presentations that address common high school issues of inclusion and bullying.

On Tuesday evening, Feb. 17 the group will host an it gets better piano bar, a fun, casual and interactive fundraising event where you can enjoy popular songs while you and your friends have the opportunity to sing a song to show your support.

All money raised from the evening will help subsidize the costs for the it gets better residency as well as provide funding for future INCLUDE and Fox Cities P.A.C. initiatives.

Three public workshops will also be free of charge to those in the Fox Valley community on a first-come, first-served basis:

On Monday, Feb. 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. students ages 14-18 are invited to meet with the Goodwill LGBT Partnership group at the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley Region for an activity based workshop in which they will work to create video pieces related to bullying, self image, LGBT issues and more. Students must pre-register to participate by e-mailing Deanna Tappy at

Thursday, Feb. 19 from 6-9 p.m. a World Cafe Event in the UW-Fox Valley Union will feature intimate discussion on LGBT topics affecting our community.

Friday, Feb. 20, the public is invited to UW-Fox Valley Perry Hall to participate in the it gets better journey, an exploration of how the project came to be and why it continues to make a difference from 12-1p.m.

ItGetsBetterCast: photo by Ted Sun ( week will culminate with a public performance at the Center with it gets better featuring members of GMCLA on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.  The it gets better performance takes this profound message one step further in a moving musical theater event by a 7-member cast of GMCLA. The work explores what “better” means for LGBT youth through a funny and exciting story with moments of both pain and pathos, featuring poignant narratives of growing up gay. The performance includes music, multimedia and a community choir. After the show, patrons will be invited to participate in a Q&A with the cast.

The residency has been made possible through the generous support of the following community sponsors: Ah-Ha Fund, Bemis Company, Community Health Actions Team (C.H.A.T.), Community First Credit Union, The Frohna Family, Galloway Company, Bob & Natalie Gehringer Family Fund, Godfrey & Kahn, Goodwill Industries NCW, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Lindgren-Galloway Family, United Way Fox Cities and U.S. Venture. In-kind services provided by A2Z Design and IMAGE Studios. Media Partner: The Post-Crescent.

The it gets better residency is also supported in part by an Arts and Culture grant from unrestricted funds within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Raise Your Voice


Here at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center we are asking local youth to raise their voices in a unique program designed to tie-in with the musical themes in Once.

Twenty-five students from Youth Go, a drop-in center located in Neenah, will have the opportunity to sign-up for the Raise Your Voice project, part of the Frank C. Shattuck Performing Arts Touch the Hearts of Students (PATHS) program, where they will learn to recognize the act of sacrificing for others and begin to weave their own story.

Rob Anthony

Rob Anthony

Through 7 interactive, hands-on workshops, students will learn how to express themselves through music and lyrics with community partners and local singer-songwriters Nicole Rae and Rob Anthony. Students will participate in hour long workshops to discuss the importance of music in their lives.

Nicole Rae

Nicole Rae

They will also meet with Once cast members after seeing a performance of the show at the Center. The students will continue their journey through a variety of workshops where Nicole Rae and Rob Anthony will work with the students on songwriting and music styles that reflect moments in students lives where someone gave selflessly to them and encouraged them to follow their dreams.

Students will also be taken to Rock Garden Studio in Appleton where owner and operator Marc Golde will lead a tour of the studio and answer questions about the recording industry and music scene in the Fox Cities.

The students will continue their exploration of music by attending Danu in March and the experience will culminate with the students creating original lyrics to a piece and seeing it performed in the community.

This unique program is just one of many throughout the year that allow the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center to serve as a gathering place for the community and to engage in education opportunities. By reaching out to students who may have limited access to experience the arts outside of this program, we are excited to bring the arts directly to them and learn together.

The “Raise Your Voice” project is supported in part by a National Education grant from the Broadway League, a grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.






Want to see how the whole project ended up? Check out this awesome recap video!