Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Area lively arts scene in a growth spurt

Four new ventures

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The lively arts are getting livelier in Northeastern Wisconsin with the arrival of new or rejuvenated performance venues.

I’ve written about the changes in recent months, but this column places four in one spot with some minor updates.

In alphabetical order they are:

+ Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center in Ashwaubenon High School. A first season has been announced for the 730-seat theater. The first performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, as Daddy D Productions show troupe of Green Bay presents “Gospel (Songs of Hope).”

More is at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-first-season-of-ashwaubenon-pac-on-its-way/798383656.

+ The Forst Inn Arts Collective is a new name for a revitalized place in Tisch Mills in Manitowoc County. Until a few years ago, Little Sandwich Theatre presented performances there in a mix of plays and concerts. The idea is coming back by way of another generation. The opening gala Sept. 23 features jazz singer Janet Planet. The first play opens Sept. 29 – Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”

More is at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-theater-troupe-emerging-at-tisch-mills/786656073.

+ Green Bay Botanical Garden has inaugurated an amphitheater in its new Grand Garden. Introductory events were held last week surrounding the $5.5-million project that includes an amphitheater area to hold approximately 1,500 people. Work is under way to present a full season next summer.

More is at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-new-amphitheater-near-ready-in-green-bay/793221889.

+ Northern Sky Theater in Door County has a project rolling that will essentially create a new headquarters for the professional company. The $6.75-million project will include an indoor theater seating 250 people. The company will continue its outdoor performances in the iconic Peninsula State Park Amphitheater.

More is at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-door-county-troupes-ambitions-frothing/732139035.

Other ventures are stirring in the region, so expect the performance scene to continue to grow and evolve.

 

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays. My new books, “Three Miles Past Lost and in the Pickers” and “Nickolaus and Olive – a naïve opera (in words),” are available online and in Green Bay at Neville Public Museum, Bosse’s and The Reader’s Loft.


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