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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week Ahead: A Whole Lot of Play Action, with Christmas in the Mix, Too

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Below is more on “Beyond Glory” in Appleton, “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Manitowoc, “Waiting for Mr. Howard” in Green Bay, “Wild Kratts Live 20: Activate Creature Power” in Appleton, ComedyCity in Algoma, “Against the Grain: The Life & Times of Levi Fisher Ames” in Sheboygan, “Eurydice” in Marinette, “A Christmas Carol” in Green Bay, “Endgame” in Sheboygan, “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical” in Green Bay, “Constellations” in Menasha, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in Oshkosh, “Almost, Maine” in De Pere, “Killjoy” in Port Washington... performances involving David DaVinci, Civic Symphony of Green Bay, St. Norbert Jazz Concert, Lawrence Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Christopher Cramer, 38 Special and Lonestar, Sheboygan Symphony, Lawrence Symphony, Ronnie Milsap, Sheboygan Youth Symphony, Allouez Village Band, St. Norbert Community Band, “Divas in a Man’s World,” Laura Caviani, Northern Sky Theater, De Pere Historical Society, UWGB Student Art Exhibition.

ARRIVING

– In Appleton, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host Stephen Lang in “Beyond Glory” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Info: foxcitiespac.com. Earlier in the day Thursday, Lang will speak at the Honoring Veterans Luncheon at Fox Valley Technical College. Playwright and star of stage and screen, Lang brings to the state the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The one-man show tells first-hand accounts of valor that resulted in the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. “Beyond Glory” is adapted from Larry Smith’s book. Contains mature content. The show’s Medal of Honor recipients are men of radically different ages, ethnicities and wars: Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, 1st Lt. Vernon Baker, Spec. Clarence Sasser, Staff Sgt. Nick Bacon, Chief Petty Officer John William Finn (at age 97), Capt. Lewis L. Millet and Pfc. Hector Caffareta. Lang wrote the play in 2003 and premiered it in 2004 at the gates of Arlington Cemetery. Lang’s film credits include James Cameron’s “Avatar” (now in sequels), “Manhunter” (1986), “Gettysburg” (1993), “Public Enemies” (2009) and “Don’t Breathe” (2016). He received a Tony Award nomination for his role in the 1992 Broadway production of “The Speed of Darkness.” From 2004 to 2006, he was co-artistic director of the Actors Studio.

– In Manitowoc, The Masquers, Inc. community theater company will open its 88th season with “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at Capitol Civic Centre. Preview story:  https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-its-a-wonderful-life-coming-to-the-stage-in-manitowoc/1568580850.

– In Green Bay, Green Bay Community Theater will present Kathy Campshure’s “Waiting for Mr. Howard” in 10 performances Nov. 8-10 and 14-18 in the troupe’s Robert Lee Brault Playhouse. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-new-play-waiting-for-mr-howard-in-the-works-in-green-bay/1561462929.

– In Appleton, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host the stage show “Wild Kratts Live 20: Activate Creature Power” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Info: foxcitiespac.com. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the PBS Kids television series “Wild Kratts,” go “off to the creature rescue” in a mix of live action and animation.

– In Algoma, Algoma Performing Arts Center will host ComedyCity improvisational theater troupe at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Info: algomapac.com. From audience suggestions, the performers create – on the spot – scenes songs and sketches.

– In Sheboygan, John Michael Kohler Arts Center will host Danceworks Performance Company and Theatre MXT in a presentation of “Against the Grain: The Life & Times of Levi Fisher Ames” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Info: jmkac.org. The interdisciplinary work imagines artist Levi Fisher Ames (1843-1923) on his final day. The piece explores Ames’ memories, family, showmanship, and relationship with the creatures he created through a mix of dialogue, dance, and film sequences. The center houses a collection of Ames’ artwork.

– In Marinette, Theatre on the Bay will present Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” an adaptation of Greek mythology, Nov. 9-11 and 16-18 in Herbert L. Williams Theatre. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-update-of-eurydice-from-ancient-greek-myth-scheduled-in-marinette-1/1563893412.

– In Green Bay, Daddy D Productions will present the Darren Johnson adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in dinner theater performances Nov. 14, 16 and 17 at the Riverside Ballroom. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-green-bay-troupe-leader-revises-his-version-of-a-christmas-carol/1573770839.

– In Sheboygan, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus will present Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” Nov. 14-17 in University Theatre. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-famously-challenging-play-endgame-scheduled-in-sheboygan/1578488695.

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will present four performances of Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical” Nov. 15-17 in University Theatre of Theatre Hall. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-nunsense-the-mega-musical-scheduled-in-green-bay/1575715980.

– In Menasha, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Theatre will present Nick Payne’s “Constellations” Nov. 15-17 in Lucia Baehman Theatre. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-two-person-constellations-play-will-be-delved-in-menasha/1575709108.

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Theatre and Music will present the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Nov. 15-18 in Frederic March Theatre. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-stephen-sondheims-challenging-sweeney-todd-set-in-oshkosh/1578491439.

ENDING

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College Theatre Studies will present its final performances of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 10 in Webb Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-almost-maine-feels-a-lot-like-atmospheric-maine-in-de-pere/1570472879.

– In Port Washington, Memories Ballroom will present its final performances of Jerry Mayer’s romantic comedy/thriller “Killjoy” Nov. 9-11 in evening and matinee dinner shows. Info: memoriesballroom.com. Snapshot: Carol is being driven crazy by her charming monster of an ex-husband, Victor, and his new wife, who employ every trick in the book to end Carol’s $1,000-a-week alimony. Carol’s quirky kids work at Victor’s pasta restaurant chain, and Carol is sure Victor is bullying her son into an early grave. And then Carol has a passionate affair with Victor’s lawyer...

ON THE CONCERT SCENE

– In Sheboygan, Weill Center for the Performing Arts will host “David DaVinci –Thrillusionist” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Info: weillcenter.com.

– In Green Bay, The ARTgarage will host an Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Info: theartgarage.org.

– In Green Bay, Civic Symphony of Green Bay will present its annual Family Concert, titled “Storytelling” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Meyer Theatre. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-storytelling-concert-will-explore-four-exotic-legends-in-green-bay/1572046807.

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department will present its Instrumental Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Walter Theatre of  Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. The concert will feature the St. Norbert Jazz Ensemble. Info: snc.edu/tickets/.

– In Appleton, Lawrence University will present its Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Memorial Chapel.

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department will present a faculty guitar recital with Christopher Cramer, adjunct assistant professor of music, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Dudley Birder Hall. Admission is free. According to a press release; Cramer will perform compositions by Mauro Giuliani, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Heitor Villa-Lobos, among others. The recital will feature music from Italy, Vietnam, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil. As a soloist and chamber musician, Cramer has performed in the United States, Canada and Asia. Recent concert engagements have taken him to such major cities as Boston, Montréal, Singapore and Taipei. From college campuses to performing arts centers, Cramer has presented numerous solo recitals featuring an expansive repertoire that includes masterworks of the past and newly composed works.

– In Green Bay, Brown County Civic Music Association will host the a cappella group Cantus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Ralph Holter Auditorium of Green Bay West High School. Info: bccivicmusic.org. Cantus is one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles. Its touring program is titled “Alone Together” and includes commissioned works. Selections include “She” by Laura Mvula, “She’s Leaving Home” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “You” by Libby Larsen, “Calme Des Nuits (Stillness of the Night)” by Camille Saint-Saëns, “A Most Peculiar Man” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, “Gesang der Mönche (Monks’ Song)” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Gravedigger” Dave Matthews, “You Will Be Found” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “When the Earth Stands Still” by Don McDonald and “We Two” by Steven Sametz.

– In Oshkosh, Menominee Nation Arena will host “A Salute to Veterans Starring 38 Special and Lonestar” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Info: menomineenationarena.com.

– In Sheboygan, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra will present “New Directions” as the second concert of its 100th season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Info: sheboygansymphony.org. Conducted by Kevin McMahon, the program consists of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto” featuring Dan Cross, principal trumpet in his fifth season with the Sheboygan Symphony, Sergei Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 7,” Antonin Dvořák’s “The Golden Spinning Wheel” and George Gershwin’s “An American Paris.” The concert will start and finish with patriotic music to remember both Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. In a newsletter, McMahon offered hints to newcomers to a Sheboygan Symphony concerts. He said, “Dressing for symphony concerts is everything from jeans, business casual, to the finest clothes you might wish to wear. As far as when to applaud, listen carefully to the music and watch the conductor. After an entire piece of music, when the conductor’s hands and arms are still, at the sides of their body, that is the cue to the audience signaling it is time to applaud and cheer.”    

– In Appleton, Lawrence University will present its Symphony Orchestra Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Memorial Chapel.

– In Green Bay, Meyer Theatre will host Ronnie Milsap at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Info: meyertheatre.org.

– In Sheboygan, Sheboygan Youth Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Info: sheboygansymphony.org.

– In Green Bay, the Allouez Village Band will present its November concert “Once Upon a Time…We Dreamed a Dream of Freedom” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at Meyer Theatre. Admission is free, with donations accepted. According to a press release: This concert is the band’s annual tribute to veterans and men and women who currently serve in the military. Highlights include “The Battle Cry for Freedom,” “Hymn to the Fallen,” “A Patriotic Salute” and an audience favorite “Armed Forces on Parade” in which each branch of the military is recognized. American Legion Post 11 will conduct its 14th annual collection for military care packages. This is the post’s most important collection prior to Christmas for our service people who are overseas. Audience members are invited to bring small food and drink items and hard candies that can fit into pockets as well as small hygiene products (no aerosols please). Candy canes and wrapped Christmas treats that will not melt are also appreciated. The post also request items that can be given to children, like small toys, coloring books and crayons. If you have a loved one in the military who would like a care package speak with a member of the post in the lobby to the concert. “This is one of our most popular concerts of the year, and most moving as we salute our area’s veterans,” said Mike Ajango, director of the 75-member all-volunteer band. Following posting of the colors by American Legion Post 11, the concert opens with “The Battle Cry for Freedom.” Composed by George Frederick Root, the patriotic piece is considered one of the most popular of the Civil War era. The evening continues with music from “Dances with Wolves,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. The music speaks to the sweeping post-Civil War drama of a soldier who is welcomed into the Lakota tribe. “Go Down, Moses” is a popular American spiritual of the 1800s. The plight of those in the Old Testament is compared through music to the lives of people who lived in slavery in America. The moving “Hymn to the Fallen” was written by composer John Williams for the World War II film “Saving Private Ryan.” It is followed by “Freedom,” composed by popular Christian music artist Michael W. Smith. “The Blue and the Gray” was written by renowned composer Clare Grundman in 1961 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and features tunes still familiar today. “A Patriotic Salute” features such traditional American favorites as “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The evening builds to a climax when veterans in the audience are saluted during “Armed Forces on Parade.”

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College will host the fall St. Norbert Community Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Walter Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. Info: snc.edu/tickets/. The concert will feature musicians from Northeastern Wisconsin, including friends, alumni and faculty of St. Norbert College. The program consists of “Fantasia in G” by Timothy Mahr, “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger, “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed and “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, transcribed by Paul Lavender.

– In Green Bay, Meyer Theatre will host “Divas in a Man’s World” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Info: meyertheatre.org.

– In Appleton, the “Jazz at the Trout” season with the theme “Women Do Jazz” continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at The Trout Museum of Art. Featured is pianist and composer Laura Caviani with Mark Urness, bass, and Dane Richeson, drums and percussion. Info: troutmuseum.org. An opening performance by a Lawrence University jazz trio starts at 6:30 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENT

– In Fish Creek, Northern Sky Theater announced the line-up for its annual holiday concert at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall. “Home for the Holidays” will feature the company’s artistic director/performer Jeff Herbst and his friends Ryan Cappleman and Tom Donoghue. The all-new concert for 2018 will play for five performances from Dec. 28-31. This will be Northern Sky Theater’s final “Home for the Holidays” at the town hall before the company moves to its new campus over the next year. Info: northernskytheater.com.

ETCETERA

– In De Pere, De Pere Historical Society will present a Picture Show hosted by McKim Boyd and Joe Seroogy at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at West De Pere High School, 665 Grant St. Featured are The Kidney Boat Factory (From the 1881 to the 1940s, the Kidney family produced boats of a high craftsmanship in West De Pere), St. Norbert College Gymnasiums (Over 100 years of physical education facilities from primitive beginnings to the recently completed Mulva Family Fitness and Sports Center) Christmas Shopping in 1912 (Ads from the De Pere Journal showing gift ideas for the holidays, The Best of “Now and Then” (Photos of familiar places in De Pere today and what they looked like years back) and the newest installment of the Boyd Chronicles (McKim Boyd goes retro and courts the vegan market recreating the Union Hotel’s first salad bar).

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery will present the 46th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition starting next week. The exhibition will feature work of a variety of mediums and styles from UW-Green Bay students including, for the first time, students from branch campuses at Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. Exhibition juror is curator Frank Juarez of Frank Juarez Gallery in Milwaukee. The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with an award ceremony at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be open through Dec. 13 and can be viewed during gallery hours of operation, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.


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