2019 Fine Art Series

Due to a substantial grant from the Green Bay Packer Foundation, Wabeno Area Players will be starting a Fine Arts Series in 2019.  This series will be included with the three mainstage productions.  Touring ensembles and groups will perform evening concerts after spending the day working with students from the area schools.  

Written Off
April 4, 2019, 6:00pm 
Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St., Wabeno, WI 54566)
For more information email wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com or call (715) 889-1606.

This award-winning documentary focuses attention on opioid crisis through unique first-person account of addiction.  The film tells a gripping tale and challenges stigma. In 2016 more Americans died from overdoses than in the entire Vietnam War conflict. And yet those new casualties are rarely considered victims of disease.

The film chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, a Crandon High School graduate, whose addiction to opioids began at age 15, after being prescribed pain medicine for a minor surgery. His grippingly honest writing reveals the secrets he tried so hard to conceal throughout a decade long struggle to escape addiction. Matthew’s mother, Jane Funk, currently a teacher at Crandon High School, published the book “What I Couldn’t Tell you: one Man’s Struggle with Opioid Addiction” in June of 2017 and worked with filmmakers Molly Hermann and Rob Lyall on the “Written Off” documentary.

At 5:30pm a mock teen bedroom, Hidden in Plain Sight, will be available for viewing for those 18 and older.  Following the viewing of the documentary, a panel discussion will be held with treatment specialists, law enforcement, public health and school officials.  This film will be shown to students in grades 7-12 from Laona and Wabeno Schools during the day on the 4th.

UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble
October 31, 2019, 7:00pm Tickets $10 Adults, $5 Students (ages 9-18)
Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St., Wabeno, WI 54566) For Tickets Call (800) 838 3006  wabenoareaplayers.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30pm.

The UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Marty Robinson, is the premiere jazz group at the university. In addition, the jazz ensemble travels to national jazz festivals and often tours regionally to high schools around Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. The ensemble plays a wide variety of jazz big-band music, from the early swing era to classic 60s jazz to 80s jazz fusion to modern jazz, including everything in between, and prides itself on the ability to switch gears musically and present a rich and wide array of great jazz music, often featuring new composers and arrangers as well.