Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Something for a Wide Variety of Theatrical Tastes

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Below is more information on “School of Rock – the Musical” in Appleton, “Silent Sky” in Green Bay, “DreamWorks Madagascar a Musical Adventure Jr.” in Manitowoc, “Typecast” in Green Bay, “The Tempest” in Oshkosh, “Jack and the Beanstalk” in Brussels, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” in Marinette, “Church Basement Ladies” in Shawano, “LEAP: The Human Kindness Project” in Brussels, “Don’t Drink the Water” in Oshkosh, “Something Stinks in Kaukauna” in Green Bay, “Born Yesterday” in Green Bay, “The Odd Couple (The Female Version”) in Tisch Mills… performances involving Seraph Brass, George Winston (twice), “Fresh Ink,” Lakeland Band, The Glenn Miller Orchestra (twice), UWGB Wind Ensemble, UW-Oshkosh chamber ensembles, St. Norbert jazz ensembles, Gypsy Trip, Ryan Keberle, Jim Gaffigan, The Happy Schnapps Combo, The String Benders and Copper Box, UW-Oshkosh jazz ensembles, America, newVoices and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Tenth Avenue North, “One Night with John McGivern,” Dorf Kapelle, “Organ Plus,” MacDowell Male Chorus, Lakeland Choir, UW-Oshkosh Percussion Ensemble, St. Norbert Honors Recital, UWGB chamber ensembles UW-Oshkosh Jazz Lab Band, Fox Valley Symphony and Joshua Bell, UWGB jazz ensembles, The Mersey Beatles UW-Oshkosh Orchestra.

ARRIVING

– In Appleton, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host eight performances of the nationally touring “School of Rock – the Musical” April 24-29. Preview story: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-school-of-rock-the-musical-heading-to-eight-show-run-in-appleton/1127130324.

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will present Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” April 25-28 in University Theatre of Theatre Hall on campus. Preview story: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-two-area-productions-will-explore-the-bounty-of-silent-sky/1126119157.

– In Manitowoc, Treehouse Theater youth community theater will present “DreamWorks Madagascar a Musical Adventure Jr.” at 6:30 p.m. April 26-27 and 2 p.m. April 28-29 in the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc’s University Theatre of Lakeside Hall. Info: treehousetheater.com. Based on the animated movie, the story follows Alex the lion, king of the urban jungle and the main attraction at New York City’s Central Park Zoo, on a journey with his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and Mason the chimpanzee. Not content in the zoo, Marty makes his escape accidentally alongside comical penguins who are headed for Antarctica. The group makes an unexpected visit to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar, in the middle of the battle between lemurs and foosa. The show caps the sixth season of Treehouse Theater. Performing are 62 student actors ages 6-18 who attend 17 public and private schools and are homeschooled as well. The 90-minute musical features a book by Kevin Del Aguila and music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan. Heading the production are Karen Rohrer, executive director; Deanne Stokes, director; Ginger Van Ells, music director; Madde Gilmore, choreographer; Warren Schmidt, stage manager; Claran LaViolette and Luan Leonardelli, costume designers; John Iannitello, master builder; and Lisa Heili, set decorator.

– In Green Bay, Evergreen Productions’ Kids Next Door youth group will present “Typecast” at 6 p.m. April 26-27, Thursday and Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St. Green Bay. Info: evergreentheatre.org. Directed is Emma Foley, assisted by Drew Kirsteatter. Snapshot: The auditions for a production of “Cinder White” are under way, and Ms. Thespis, the drama teacher, is greeted by a small group of students. Each child has a particular “look” and personality – the “diva,” the “quiet girl,” the “nice girl,” to name a few. To Ms. Thespis, casting this show seems like a no-brainer. However, when she comes down with a case of appendicitis, Ms. Ball, the gym teacher, needs to step in and direct the show, mostly because she feels guilty for balding Ms. Thespis’ pet ferret. The other snag is that the students have all mysteriously been cast in the “wrong roles” – the “nice girl” is now the villain, the diva only has two minutes onstage and the quiet, almost inaudible, “ensemble” girl is now playing a leading role with actual lines. As these characters awkwardly venture into unknown territory, they are forced to see themselves as more than their “type” and learn to, in the words of Ms. Ball, “play the roles they’re all totally wrong for.”

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Theatre will present the William Shakespeare drama “The Tempest” at 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 and 2 p.m. April 29 in Fredric March Theatre. Info: theatre.uwosh.edu/box-office/. Merlaine Angwall directs. Snapshot: A violent storm shipwrecks King Alonso, his son, Ferdinand, and Duke Antonio on an island. Living there is Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, his daughter, Miranda, and his servants, the spirit Ariel and the resentful Caliban. Ferdinand falls in love with Miranda immediately. Prospero tests the king’s son’s true intentions. Beset by intrigue on all sides, Prospero musters all of his powers and battles the villains to regain his rightful status.

– In Brussels, Southern Door Community Auditorium will host a performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27. Info: southerndoorauditorium.org. The full-scale musical combines the talent of visiting professionals of Missoula (Montana) Children’s Theatre and scores of local youngsters.

– In Marinette, Theatre on the Bay campus and community company will present a staged reading of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at 7:30 p.m. April 27-28 and 2 p.m. April 29 in Herbert L. Williams Theatre on campus. Admission is by donation: Snapshot: There’s an old joke about the actor cast as the gravedigger in Hamlet. “What’s the play about?” the actor’s wife asks. “It’s about a gravedigger who meets a prince,” he tells her. Now, meet Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Stoppard’s satire focuses on Hamlet’s two best friends from childhood, neither of whom can quite figure out what’s going on at Elsinore Castle. As the events of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” unfold around them, Ros and Guil visit their old friend and try to figure out just exactly what’s real and what isn’t… and why Hamlet wants them both to die. Suitable for ages 16 and older.

– In Shawano, Box in the Wood Theatre Guild community theater will present the musical comedy “Church Basement Ladies” April 27-29 and May 4-6 in Mielke Arts Center. Info: shawanoarts.com. The show, inspired by the books by Janet Letnes and Martin and Suzann Nelson, features book by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuelke and music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. Snapshot: The show is a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there. The story features four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, the women are seen handling a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter fundraiser and a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young and keep the Pastor on course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other as the true “steel magnolias” of the church.

NEW DATE – In Brussels, Southern Door Community Auditorium will host “LEAP: The Human Kindness Project” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Info: sdauditorium.org. According to the website: This is the fourth year for the stage production created and performed by Door County high school students to address social change. LEAP, which stands for “Learning to Empower and Appreciate all People,” is a student-led, adult-facilitated program. Each year, the group collaborates with a team of local writers, musicians, actors, choreographers and directors to identify a societal issue, then works together from November to April to learn about and design a response. The program culminates in an original creation of music, dance, multimedia imagery, spoken word and theater through which the students express their approaches to the issue, share their ideas for a solution, convey the educational material that brought them to that conclusion and challenge members of the audience to shift their perspectives.

– In Oshkosh, Oshkosh Playin’ Round community theater will present the Woody Allen comedy “Don’t Drink the Water” May 3-6 in First English Lutheran Church auditorium. Info: oshkoshplayinround.org. Mark Gelgmeyer is directing. Snapshot: The play is from 1966. In an unnamed country behind the Iron Curtain, the American ambassador must leave the embassy for business. In his absence, he places his incompetent son, Axel Magee, in charge. Almost immediately, the embassy is thrust into a crisis as the Hollanders, an American family of tourists, comes rushing in on the run from the Communist police. Walter Hollander, the father, had accidentally snuck into a high security area and taken pictures, causing the Communists to believe that the family is spying. Axel digs the hole deeper and the embassy is surrounded, leaving the Hollanders trapped.

ENDING

– In Green Bay, Let Me Be Frank Productions show troupe of Green Bay will wrap up its run of “Something Stinks in Kaukauna” with performances at 8 p.m. April 26-28 at Meyer Theatre. My review: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-franks-again-frolics-with-history-music-popular-tv-series/1105960278.

– In Green Bay, Green Bay Community Theater will present its final six performances of Garson Kanin’s “Born Yesterday” April 25-29 in the theater’s Robert Lee Brault Playhouse. My review: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-born-yesterday-cast-strikes-a-chord-in-green-bay/1131160167.

ONGOING

– In Tisch Mills, The Forst Inn Arts Collective will present weekend performances of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple (The Female Version”) to May 6 in The Forst Inn’s cabaret theater. My review: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-female-the-odd-couple-has-bright-spots-in-tisch-mills/1134277130.

ON THE CONCERT SCENE

– In Green Bay, Brown County Civic Music Association will host Seraph Brass, a quintet led by Mary Bowden, as a replacement for the canceled Solid Brass Ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Ralph Holter Auditorium of Green Bay West High School. Info: bccivicmusic.org. Musicians: Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet; Jean Laurenz, trumpet; Rachel Velvikis, horn; Hana Beloglavec, trombone; Gretchen Renshaw James, tuba. Program: “Prelude” from “Holberg Suite,” Edvard Grieg; “Queen of the Night “Aria from “The Magic Flute,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Three Pieces from Suite Española,” Isaac Albéniz; “Quintet,” Michael Kamen; “Asteria,” Catherine McMichael; “Go!”, Anthony DiLorenzo; “Nessun Dorma” from “Turandot,” Giacomo Puccini; “La Virgen de la Macarena,” Rafael Mendez; “Clair de Lune,” Claude Debussy; “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” Franz Liszt.

– In Green Bay, Meyer Theatre hosts “An Evening with George Winston” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Info: meyertheatre.org.

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department will present its annual “Fresh Ink” concert of student compositions at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Dudley Birder Hall. Free.

– In Plymouth, Lakeland University will present its Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Bradley Theatre.

– In Menominee, Mich., River City Concert Association will host The Glenn Miller Orchestra at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Blesch Auditorium. Info: rcconcerts.com.

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present its Wind Ensemble, Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Cofrin Family Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Info: weidnercenter.com.

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Music will present its Chamber Ensembles at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Music Hall of the Arts and Communication Center. Info: uwosh.edu/music/calendar-of-events.

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department will present its Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Walter Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. Info: snc.edu/tickets/.

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will complete its 2017-2018 season of the “6:30 Concert Series” with a recording session by the group Gypsy Trip at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Fort Howard Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. According to a press release: Admission is free, but reservations are strongly encouraged because a full house is expected. Info: weidnercenter.com. The band plays an eclectic blend of gypsy jazz, pop influences and original compositions. Patrons can come for a pre-show cocktail and stay to witness the live recording of the band’s second album, the follow-up to “Alt-Nostalgia” (2015). The new album will consist of compositions written by band members Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Adam Gaines and Stefan Hall. The recording will be engineered by assistant professor of music Bill Sallak, assisted by students from his Music Technology Systems course. Sallak is currently developing a new degree track in recording technology at UWGB. The performance starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts 60 to 90 minutes. The cash bar will be available starting at 5 p.m. in Studio One; the house opens at 6 p.m. About the band members: Marisa Balistreri, violin, UWGB’s performing arts coordinator, once was a professional opera singer in Italy. Michael Dewhirst, bass, is an active freelance performer with a thriving cello studio. Associate Professor of Music, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, horn, associate professor of music, is a composer (“Metropolis” score). Adam Gaines, associate professor of music, plays professionally in a number of groups and styles throughout Northeastern Wisconsin and as far as his wife, Ladislava’s, native Slovakia.

– In Sheboygan, Weill Center for the Performing Arts will host The Glenn Miller Orchestra presented by the Sheboygan Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Info: weillcenter.com.

– In Appleton, the Lawrence University will host a Guest Recital with Ryan Keberle (trombone) & Catharsis at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Harper Hall. Free.

– In Ashwaubenon, Resch Center will host Jim Gaffigan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. Info: reschcenter.com.

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department will present its Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Walter Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. Info: snc.edu/tickets/.

– In Manitowoc, Capitol Civic Centre will host “Capitolooza 2018” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27. Info: cccshows.org. The evening includes performances by The Happy Schnapps Combo, The String Benders and Copper Box. According to a press release: This is a first-ever showcase of the local/regional bands. The Happy Schnapps Combo starts off with its signature rock polka-party sound. According to the band’s website: In 1988, the late Jim “Bruiser” Krueger, known internationally for his masterpiece, “We Just Disagree,” had become fed up with the LA lifestyle [and] decided to move back to his hometown, Manitowoc, Wis. Jim soon realized that Manitowoc, with its Polish, Czech, German and Bohemian ancestry needed a sound all its own. Something that was unique to its people. Something that went great with beer! The answer, polka! So it was, the Happy Schnapps Combo was born. Following intermission, The String Benders will take the stage and present harmonizing vocals that are originals or cover Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Beatles and Eagles classics. Copper Box will take the stage following a second intermission. According to the band’s website: Music fans heard about this band with a great rhythm section that features ‘a decent looking gal’ on sax and a ‘sweaty’ accordionist, playing originals and groovy cover tunes.

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Music will present its Jazz Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Music Hall of the Arts and Communication Center. Info: uwosh.edu/music/calendar-of-events.

– In Sheboygan, Weill Center for the Performing Arts will host America at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. Info: weillcenter.com.

– In Appleton, newVoices and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra will present “Masterworks: An Evening with Rutter” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Lawrence University Memorial Chapel. Info: newvoiceschoir.org or foxvalleysymphony.com. The event recognizes the 40th anniversary of the select chorus. To be performed are Rutter’s “Requiem” and “The Gift of Life.”

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department announces the music recital of the following student in the coming week. Admission is free and open to the public. The senior piano recital of Connor Klavekoske (Beaver Dam, Wis.) will take place on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall, 400 Grant St., De Pere. He is a double-major in business finance and piano performance and will graduate in May 2018. He will perform pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and others.

– In Green Bay, Green Bay Community Church will host Tenth Avenue North at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Info: gbcommunitychurch.com.

– In Sheboygan, Weill Center for the Performing Arts will host “One Night with John McGivern” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Info: weillcenter.com.

– In Kelly Lake, Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts will host Dorf Kapelle in a dinner and show at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Romy’s Holiday Inn. Info: sites.google.com/site/ocontofallsfota/home.

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department will present its “Organ Plus” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in St. Norbert Abbey Church. Info: snc.edu/tickets/. Performing: John Chapplle Stowe, organ; Elaine Moss, piano; Christopher Cramer, guitar; and Yi-Lan Niu, vocals.

– In Appleton, MacDowell Male Chorus will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Xavier High School Fine Arts Theatre. Info: macdowellmalechorus.com.

– In Plymouth, Lakeland University will present its Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Bradley Theatre.

– In Oshkosh, Grand Opera House will host George Winston at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Info: thegrandoshkosh.org.

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Music will present its Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, in Music Hall of the Arts and Communication Center. Info: uwosh.edu/music/calendar-of-events.

– In De Pere, St. Norbert College music department will present its Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Dudley Birder Hall on campus. Info: snc.edu/tickets/.

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present its Chamber Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in University Theatre of University Hall on campus. Info: weidnercenter.com.

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Music will present its Jazz Lab Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Music Hall of the Arts and Communication Center. Info: uwosh.edu/music/calendar-of-events.

– In Appleton, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra will host violinist Joshua Bell as the orchestra presents “Grand Finale” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. Info: foxcitiespac.com or foxvalleysymphon.com. Not only is the concert a season finale for the orchestra, it will be the final performance music director Brian Groner will conduct with the orchestra. Program: Hector Berlioz, “Roman Carnival;” Jean Sibelius, “Symphony No. 2, Opus 43, D Major;” Camille Saint-Saens, “Introduction & Rondo capriccioso;” Nigel Hess, “Ladies in Lavender;” Pablo de Sarasate, “Ziguenerweisen, Opus 20 (‘Gypsy Airs’).”

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present its Jazz Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in University Theatre of University Hall on campus. Info: weidnercenter.com.

– In Oshkosh, Grand Opera House will host The Mersey Beatles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Info: thegrandoshkosh.org.

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Music will present its Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Music Hall of the Arts and Communication Center. Info: uwosh.edu/music/calendar-of-events.

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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