UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble to Perform in Wabeno Area Players Fine Arts Series

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.

During the day of the performance a clinic will be held with the UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble and area school students.  Any schools wishing to participate should call (715) 889-1606 or email wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com.


The Rebel Boys Basketball Team will host a Spaghetti Dinner before the concert starting at 5:00 p.m.  They are raising money for the Rebel Boys Basketball Team to Play Crivitz December 14th at the FiServ Forum (Milwaukee Bucks Stadium). The dinner will be $6.00 per person.  Come out and enjoy a dinner and show!  Show your support for the Rebel Basketball Team and the Wabeno Area Players Fine Arts Series.

Tickets for the event are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.  The venue for the event is the Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St., Wabeno, WI 54566).  For Tickets Call (800) 838-3006 or order online at uw-oshkoshjazz.brownpapertickets.com.Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:00pm.

An Evening at the Piano with Friends

JULY 26 & 27
7:00 p.m.
TOWNSEND TOWN HALL
$10 TICKETS

We are transforming this venue into an intimate setting everyone will enjoy! The music of Sinatra, Broadway and so much more. A cash bar will be available with table service.  As always, complimentary popcorn will be served.  Tickets can be purchased at the door only. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. so you can choose your table and enjoy a beverage or two before the show. 

The goal of this event is to raise funds for the Wabeno Area Players Fine Arts Series.  The Players are committed to bringing quality performances to area at the Nancy Volk Auditorium at Wabeno High School.  This performance space is the premier theater venue in Forest and Northern Oconto Counties.  The organization brings in performing arts groups to perform in the evening as work with the students in the area schools during the day.

For more information please call (715) 889-1606, email us at wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com or our website: www.wabenoareaplayers.org.

Production Postponed

The summer production of WORKING has been postponed.  We will be doing this show the SUMMER OF 2020.  If you had won tickets to this show please mail the tickets to:

Wabeno Area Players

PO Box 325

Wabeno, WI 54566

Include your name and mailing address with the tickets.  We will issue and send tickets for our fall show FARCE OF HABIT to replace the tickets that had been won for WORKING. 

We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons.  We will be doing other productions and concerts the next few months.  If you have any questions please call (715) 889-1606.

Look what’s coming up!!!!!

AN EVENING AT THE PIANO WITH FRIENDS

JULY 26 & 27

7:00 p.m.

TOWNSEND TOWN HALL $10 TICKETS

We are transforming this venue into an intimate setting everyone will enjoy!  The music Sinatra, Broadway and so much more.  Tickets can only be purchased at the door.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. so you can choose your table and enjoy a beverage or two before the show. 

For more information please call (715) 889-1606.

Rebel Drama Technical Crew

In the few months before the lights come up and the Rebel Drama shows begin, there are hundreds of hours of preparation that go into the sets, props, lighting, computer, and sound systems. There is a special group of young artists, builders, and technical specialists that step up to make sure that our Rebel Drama productions provide the level of high-quality entertainment that our audiences have enjoyed for many years.

This year’s production, ​We Will Rock You, ​provided some special challenges. The vision of the production was to provide a futuristic scenario of society underscored by the classic rock and roll music of the band Queen. Much of the set used the shades of red, blue, green, and yellow described as “Google Colors”, along with some scenes that were more drab hues that depicted the wasteland and ruins of iconic settings like the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe and the gates at the entrance of Graceland, in Memphis.

(Back row L-R) Seth Riebe, Kelly Boor, Evan Thomas, Logan Riebe, Ted Gust, Kierra O’Keefe (Front Row L-R) Mr. Pat Lowery, Annalise Sommers, Morgan Mattern, Myla Volk, Jordan Calhoun, Kelsey Beaber (Not pictured) Alexis Childress, Riley Godin

Some of the tasks that the crew had were to construct platforms, steps, and walls that span almost forty feet across the stage and include an eight-foot rear projection screen, as the base set. Other challenges this year included building an eight by twenty-foot replica of the Graceland gates (on wheels so that it could be moved in a matter of seconds), programming and operating over a hundred stage lights, wireless microphone sound checks for every member of the cast, fog and bubble machines, and building the space on stage for a live rock band.

During the run of the show, scene changes have to be quick and precise to keep the rhythm and flow of the performance moving. Set changes are made while the stage is dark, and the running crew has to work together much like a NASCAR pit crew. These changes are practiced, timed, and evaluated to become as efficient as possible while still remaining safe for the crew and cast members.

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