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What’s your love story?

We LOVE love stories and over the past week we’ve gotten the opportunity to talk to patrons about their loves stories as they attended Once. Participating in an interactive smartboard activity, patrons shared their heart-warming tales and we had so much fun listening. Thank you to everyone who stopped by! Here are a few that made our hearts smile: oncemain


































So let’s hear it! What’s your love story?

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.


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!

Complete your New Year’s Resolutions at Once

It’s officially the start of a new year and like millions of others we here at the Center have been discussing New Year’s Resolutions.

Many of you may have a variety of resolutions ranging from travel to bucket list items or book lists. We thought that we’d help you out by providing a few resolutions you can complete when you come to see the musical Once Jan. 27-Feb. 1.


ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

1. Be a part of a Broadway show

The musical invites you to become a part of its world by creating the world of an Irish pub within the theater. It’s a Once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2. Hear new instruments

There are 30 different instruments used throughout the musical Once. From mandolin to melodica and concertina, see the instruments played by characters on stage and hear how their sounds work together.

ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

3. Explore a new culture

Live simultaneously in the worlds of a Dublin basker, patrons of an Irish pub, a Czech woman and a girlfriend in New York, as you follow the stories of the major characters in Once.

4. Find love

It may not be your traditional love story, but its a love story never-the-less and the wonderfully woven lyrics and touching melodies mixed with the fun atmosphere of the pub and impressive talent of the live musician/actors may just have you falling in love with the musical.

5. Listen to great music

The music from Once is Academy Award®-winning, Tony-Award® winning (including Best Musical) and Grammy-Award® winning. Written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, it doesn’t get much more impressive than that when your resolution was to find new great music.


What are your resolutions for 2015? Can we help you complete them?

Why Once is a must-see musical


ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

Once is not your typical Broadway show. They aren’t traveling with an orchestra or even pre-recorded tracks. Instead, each musician plays their own instrument live on stage. They sing and complete choreography all while playing instruments and telling a beautiful love story. It received 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

Based on the award-winning 2007 film of the same title, Once provides a unique Broadway experience that invites each patron to become a part of its community. Set in an interactive Irish pub, Once follows male lead “Guy” as he works to get over an old girlfriend who has moved to New York. A young Czech woman, “Girl”, overhears a song “Guy” has written and the two set out on a musical love story that doesn’t end the way you think it will.

Once is unique because cast members never exit the stage. Instead, each cast member simply steps to the side of the stage and becomes part of the orchestra. The story is focused largely on the award winning music, written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova who played the original “Guy” and “Girl” in the film version.

We won’t ruin the story for you but we will promise you it’s one you don’t want to miss and performed in a way that makes it a truly unique musical to see on stage. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect when Once comes to the Center Jan. 27-Feb. 1.


DIY Halloween costumes inspired by this season’s Broadway line-up

If you’re anything like us, you are currently scrambling for that last minute Halloween costume that is both well thought-out and creative. Look no further and be inspired by our 2014-15 Broadway season!

1. Mamma Mia!

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Joan Marcus/

Ok, so a spandex jumpsuit may not already be hanging in your closet but we know they’re out there! Track one down at your local resale shop or find a bright colored shirt and pants and have people use their imagination.

It also might just be the time to pull out an old wedding dress and be Sophie for a night!




Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

2. Once

With character names like “Guy” and “Girl” this one won’t take Broadway-level acting chops to pull off at a party, just some jeans and a plaid shirt or a white shirt with a fall-color paisley skirt and you could be a character from Once the musical.




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If you have a red wig laying around or a tuxedo, it may be front of mind to think Annie or Daddy Warbucks, but don’t forget about those cute little orphans who are mis-matched and dirty or Miss Hanigan’s loud print dress as great second-hand store finds.


Joan Marcus/

Joan Marcus/

4. Jersey Boys

Group costume alert! Find three very close friends and four matching blazers and you are golden to go as the rockin’ Jersey Boys. Bonus points if you can master their four-part harmony.





6. Dirty Dancingdd08

Be a power couple this Halloween with things you probably already have in your closest. All black for him and a white-button up shirt with jeans and flat tennis shoes for her. Then impress everyone with your dance moves and whatever you do, don’t put Baby in the corner!





7. A Christmas Story, The Musical

Photo credit: Clinton Tuccio

Photo credit: Clinton Tuccio

Wisconsinites will rock this one. Heavy plaid coat? Winter hat? Mittens? Check check! Being Ralphie sounds perfect for a cold October night.

But just in case all of this DIY has you ready to shoot your eye out don’t worry, we won’t leave you stuck to a flag pole. These Halloween-store finds will do, and fit right in with our upcoming season!52156aaacc2d844f871dc1a39aba1cb3


What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year? Do you have any Broadway-themed Halloween costume ideas you’d like to share?