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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: A trove of theater offerings awaits

New productions are added to ongoing shows.

PHOTO: Rogue Theater of Sturgeon Bay’s production of “Alabama Bound” features, from left, Carrie Counihan, Lola DeVillers, Renee Kujawski, Lori Wier and Keri Grimsley. Rogue Theater photo

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Read on for information on The Heritage Players’ “They Came to Wisconsin,” Door Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and “King Lear,” Theatre on the Bay’s “Cabaret,” Rogue Theater’s “Alabama Bound,” Stage Door Theatre’s “Talley’s Folly,” Calumet County Community Theatre’s “Brigadoon,” Attic Theatre’s “Deathtrap,” Box in the Wood Theatre Guild’s “Seussical the Musical,” Peninsula Players’ “And Then There Were None,” American Folklore Theatre’s “Strings Attached,” “Guys on Ice” and “Packer Fans From Outer Space,” Theatre on the Bay’s “Cabaret”… concerts of Birch Creek Music Performance Center, PianoFondue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Kids from Wisconsin… News about the Green Bay Boy Choir and Girl Choir summer camps and Arts Wisconsin’s community awards.

ARRIVING

- At Marinette, Theatre on the Bay’s presentation of the musical, “Cabaret,” opens Thursday, July 17, for a run through July 27 in Herbert L. Williams Theatre of the University of Wisconsin-Marinette. A preview story is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/31860/MfM-pdgglEmH0ThxGoZYIg.

- At Sturgeon Bay, Rogue Theatre opens Alabama Bound” Thursday, July 17, for a run through July 27 at The Depot Performing Arts Center. Info: (920) 818-0816. The play is by Alabama native Charlotte Higgins. Directing is Stuart Champeau. “Alabama Bound” tells the stories of five Southern women. The first story, “9-1-1,” is that of Dixie, (played by Lori Wier), a raucous, boozy police dispatcher whose long-awaited vacation with her no-good boyfriend is delayed by a desperate call from a child. In the second, “Hey, Old Woman,” Evelyn, (Lola DeVillers), an elderly nursing home resident, wryly observes life around her until a family secret is unearthed. In “No Breathing Room,” a housewife, Loretta, (Renee Kujawski), struggles to protect her limited domain from her husband and his tyrannical mother. “Disease Dance” tells the story of a young beautician, Alice, (Keri Grimsley), who finally realizes her dream of attending a socialite’s elite fund-raiser. Finally, in “Unlucky Star,” Dominique, (Carrie Counihan), an inmate in the Cheehaw State Prison for Women, tells her dramatic story.

- At De Pere, Music Theatre of St. Norbert College opens “Guys and Dolls” July 23 for a run through Aug. 1. A preview story is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/23604/HGA-e49vqkmuAJhpXbDBtQ.

- At Neenah, the Riverside Players opens the musical comedy, “Guys on Ice,” July 24 for a run through Aug. 3. The musical comedy focuses on buddies who love ice fishing as much as they do the Green Bay Packers – and are comically philosophical about both. Info: www.ci.neenah.wi.us/

RETURNING

- The Heritage Players troupe will present its summer historical play, “They Came to Wisconsin: Immigrant Stories and Songs,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Allouez. The show will be repeated July 27. My review is at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/25500/63KYPWeCbUGphyiycJt6Jw.

ENDING

- At Chilton, Calumet County Community Theatre is presenting the nostalgic musical, “Brigadoon,” through Saturday, July 19, at the Engler Center for the Performing Arts. In the story, two young hunters from New York get lost in the Highlands of Scotland. As the two exhausted men reflect on what they have forsaken in the States for their present predicament, a lift in the Highland veil reveals to them the awakening village of Brigadoon, which comes into being for only one day in each century. Cari Sabel is director, and Brittany Seifert is music director.
Info: www.englercenter.com.

- At Menasha, Attic Theatre continues the thriller, “Deathtrap,” through Saturday, July 19, at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. My review is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/17957/eELYL8oJC0OTLCeQws_qkA.

- At Shawano, Box in the Wood Theatre Guild is running “Seussical the Musical” through Saturday, July 19, at the Mielke Arts Center. My review is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/15454/J1BWb0ir40iAbZjR72CzcA.

ONGOING

- For the first time in its 79-year history, Peninsula Players Theatre is presenting the classic Agatha Christie whodunit, “And Then There Were None,” in a run through July 27 at the theater near Fish Creek in Door County. My review is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/29208/W1IlxT2T40acVPhX8GBpMA.

- At Sturgeon Bay, Stage Door Theatre Company’s absorbing production of the Lanford Wilson romantic comedy, “Talley’s Folly,” continues through July 25. My review is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/20356/BFJxsyfigUKAtChIdxD_Xg. A post-performance audience discussion with the cast and director will take place following the matinee performance on Sunday, July 20. An on-air Critic at Large segment will feature the production between 6 and 8 a.m. Sunday, July 20, on WFRV, Channel 5.

- At Door Shakespeare at Bjorklunden near Baileys Harbor in Door County, William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and “King Lear” are running in repertory through Aug. 16. Info: www.doorshakespeare.com. My review of “The Comedy of Errors” is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/25002/jWE85zrqO0avF5ga2INmww.

- American Folklore Theatre’s 2014 summer season is running in Peninsula State Park Amphitheatre near Fish Creek. Info: www.folkloretheatre.com. See my reviews on the WFRV website: “Strings Attached”: www.wearegreenbay.com/1fulltext-news/d/story/critic-at-large/33861/JYTtdj4S5k6MRa3JyO0_hQ. “Guys on Ice”: www.wearegreenbay.com/1fulltext-news/d/story/critic-at-large/24388/H2Li0L8RC0yJT1D5rMIzXQ. “Packer Fans from Outer Space”: www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/91855/VE30_DTFkUG1Zg8D08TxhA. A special feature on the “Guys on Ice” that includes an interview with composer Jimmy Kaplan is at www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/26301/awNYPZ1aaUaZSvtKq2D0tw.

ON THE CONCERT SCENE

- Concerts in the popular Big Band Jazz I series open tonight, Wednesday, July 16, at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center near Egg Harbor in Door County. The series continues to July 26. Info: www.birchcreek.org.

- At Manitowoc, the Kids from Wisconsin show troupe presents two concerts Thursday, July 17, at the Capitol Civic Center. This year’s lineup includes Michael Burish of Manitowoc, Nicole Goodreau and Casey Houlihan and Jena Tolksdorf of New Franken. Info: www.cccshows.org.

- At Fish Creek, Door Community Auditorium hosts the swing group Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Saturday, July 19. Info: www.dcauditorium.org.

- At De Pere, PianoFondue is featured on the St. Norbert College summer series, Knights on the Fox, on Tuesday, July 22, at the campus marina in De Pere. PianoFondue delivers a high-energy dueling pianos performance. In this full-production show, small pieces of individual songs are combined to create new medleys. The performance will include country, pop and oldies. Info: www.snc.edu.

ETCETERA

- The Green Bay Boy Choir and Girl Choir will hold their annual Voice Discovery Camps Aug. 4 to 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. According to the organization, Voice Discovery Camp is a half-day, weeklong day camp experience for students ages 7 to 18 who are interested in exploring choral music and their singing voice. Vocal Training Camp 2014 for young men and boys will run from 8 a.m. to noon daily. D.I.V.A. Camp 2014 for girls (Develop your Individual Vocal Ability) will run from 1 to 5 p.m. In addition to the opportunity to prepare and perform a camp concert at the end of the week, this year’s camps will also include instruction in areas such as bucket drumming, choreography and African dance (for girls) as well as recreational time. Under the direction of the Boy Choir and Girl Choir musical staff, students at Voice Discovery Camps will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a wide variety of music selected to respect the unique developmental need of young men and boy’s or girl’s voices. Students will be grouped with other students of similar age and musical development. The cost for the camp is $90, which includes instruction, camp T-shirt and Friday’s Camp Concert. For further information on Voice Discovery Camps and the Choirs in general, call the Green Bay Boy Choir and Girl Choir Office at (920) 321-0541. The Green Bay Boy Choir and Girl Choir is a non-profit organization focused on vocal music performance and education programs for boys and girls ages 7 to 18 emphasizing the development of music skills and understanding. In addition, the choirs act as ambassadors to the greater Green Bay community as well as to the world with recent trips to Austria, Australia, Carnegie Hall in New York, Hawaii, the Czech Republic, Italy, Ireland and Wales, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.

- Arts Wisconsin is seeking nominations for its sixth annual Arts in the Community Awards. Presented in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the awards “recognize elected officials and community leaders who champion innovative arts, arts education and/or creative economy programs, projects and opportunities in their communities.” According to the organization, nominees and their model programs or projects should demonstrate leadership through creative approaches to integrating the arts with civic strategies and have broad and diverse community support.  Awards will be presented to an individual from a community with a population of more than 20,000 and to an individual from a community with a population of less than 20,000. “The Arts in the Community Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate visionary leadership in and for the arts in Wisconsin’s communities, says Arts Wisconsin executive director Anne Katz. Full nomination information is available at www.artswisconsin.org. Nominations are due to Arts Wisconsin (via email) by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13.  The awards will be announced by Sept. 15 and presented at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ 114th annual conference Oct. 15 in Middleton.

You may email me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air features on WFRV between 6 and 8 a.m. Sundays.

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