Wabeno Area Players present The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux and a Weekend of Raising Funds for Community Causes

The cast of The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux.

Lotta Cash, a wealthy widow, must be on the lookout.  The evil Dogsbreath Devereaux, M.D. plans to marry Lotta so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband’s clinic.  Helping him is the nasty nurse, Hilda Hatchet, whom he promises to wed after he gets rid of Lotta.  Wild?  Well, talk about medical mania when the insanely jealous Hilda catches Dogsbreath flirting with our heroine, Wendy March.  We can only hope that Dr. Phil Good, our hero, can save Wendy and the unsuspecting Lotta from certain death.  With an abundance of zany patients, wild tunes (’How Do You Bandage a Broken Heart?,’ ’Emergency,’ ’Do the Bop,’ etc.)  and a hilarious plot, this musical melodrama will certainly have you in stitches all the way!  As they say, Nurses!  Foiled again!

It’s all about community and bringing attention to all the needs our communities have.  The Players have chosen a cause for each performance to raise funds for.  The Thursday night performance will be raising funds for Kaydence Wagnitz to help make her bucket list wishes come true.  The Friday performance will be raising funds for the Erna Rousseau Scholarship Fund.  The Saturday night performance will be a celebration of the Nancy Volk Auditorium Dedication.  All funds raised Saturday will go toward the Nancy Volk Scholarship Fund.  The Sunday Matinee performance will raise funds for the City of Crandon K9 Unit and Forest County Sheriff Department K9 Unit.

On Saturday, July 21 a dedication ceremony will take place at 6:00pm in the Wabeno High School Auditorium.  We are inviting all former students, colleagues and friends to attend a very special event to honor this amazing teacher, community member and friend. If you were in her classes, theater productions or forensics, please make arrangements to attend. It will be an evening filled with memories. You will also have a chance to catch up with former classmates, friends and teachers.  Following the Dastardly Doctor Devereaux performance a reception is planned to share memories and visit with Nancy’s family, former students and friends.  A special tribute to Nancy is planned at the dedication. We would like all former students, especially those in drama and forensics, to be involved with this tribute.  Please email wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com or call (715) 889-1606 for more information.

The Melodrama runs July 19 thru 22.  The shows begin at 7:00pm for all evening performances (19-21) and at 1:00pm for the matinee.  Doors open to the theater 30 minutes before curtain.

Tickets run $15 for Adults and $10 for Students.

The production will be held at The Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School Auditorium), 4325 Branch Street, Wabeno, WI 54566.  Tickets can be purchased online atwabenoareaplayers.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.  Show times are 7:00 PM for evening performances and 1:00 PM for Sunday performance.  Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.  All seating is reserved.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to each performance

Volunteers are still needed for this production at each performance.  Volunteers are scheduled one hour prior to curtain until the show finale.  You are able to sit and watch the show as well.  If you are interested in volunteering for a great non-profit organization, please call (920) 422-1492.

Wabeno Area Players Raises over $700 for New Hope Shelter & Transitional Housing

The cast and director of Wabeno Area Players Production of And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little. L-R Linda Harter, Carol Bartlein, Kathy Millan, Max Skenandore, Sue Ferguson, Joan Sackett, Time Derfus and Josh Jameson

The cast, crew and patrons of Wabeno Area Players Production of And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little raised over $700 and several boxes of food items for the New Hope Shelter & Transitional Housing.  Every year Wabeno Area Players chooses a local organization or group to sponsor as another way to give back to the community.  This year it was New Hope Shelter & Transitional Housing.

The reason New Hope Shelter & Transitional Housing was chosen was all that it gives back to those in need.  “We are lucky to have an organization, director, Micah Dewing, and staff in our community to help those that need it.  They really need funds to drive the programs they have.  If you want to support a local organization that gives 100% back, please give to them this holiday season.”  stated Josh Jameson, Wabeno Area Players President.

The contact information for New Hope Shelter & Transitional Housing is: New Hope Shelter
PO Box 187
Crandon, WI 54520
Phone: (715) 478-3669
Email: info@newhopeshelter.net

And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little is the final Seasons production for Wabeno Area Players

Their father having deserted them in their childhood, the three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their mother, who is only recently dead. But time has erased the tender closeness of girlhood; one sister has married and cut herself off; another has begun to drink more than she should; and the third, after a scandalous incident at the school where she teaches, is on the brink of madness. When the married sister comes to dinner to press the need for committing her sibling to an institution, the simmering resentments of many years burst alive and are exacerbated by the intrusion of a well-meaning but boorish neighbor couple, whose unexpected arrival impels the action towards its shattering conclusion—in which all the pathos, humor and searing honesty of the play combine with overwhelming effect.

 

“In Paul Zindel we seem to have that rarity—a playwright who can write intelligent, sensitive, entertaining plays for a wide public. —Newsweek.

 

“It is funny and fierce and, well, absolutely extraordinary.” —Boston Globe.

 

“…he has created three parts that most actresses would trade their souls to play.” —Hollywood Reporter.

 

This production contains adult language and subject matter.  Parental guidance is suggested. 

 

It will be held November 16th, 17th and 18th at 7:00PM.  The Sunday performance will be at 1:00pm on the 19th.  The venue for the show will be Madonna Hall in Wabeno.  It is located at 1793 Elm Ave. right behind St. Ambrose Catholic Church.  Tickets are $15 each.  To get tickets for the season productions, you are able to call (800) 838-3006 or go online to http://www.wabenoareaplayers.brownpapertickets.com.  You can choose your seat or have them do it for you.  We now have tiered and comfortable seating.  Not a poor seat in the house!  As always, refreshments and free popcorn are available throughout the shows.  Tickets will only be made available at the door 90 minutes prior to each performance.  Tickets are not guaranteed as most productions will be at capacity.  Please purchase your tickets early for best seating and available dates.

For more information you can go to Wabeno Area Players website at: http://www.wabenoareaplayers.org.

Flowers from the Heart and Wabeno Area Players Team Up for Murder Mystery Scholarship Fundraiser “The Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest”

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00pm the Wabeno Area Players will be presenting “The Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.” It will be held in the beautiful atmosphere of Flowers from the Heart, in Crandon.

This is an audience participation murder mystery show.  Only 75 tickets will be available.  Tickets can be purchased starting October 27, 2017.  You can only purchase the tickets in person at Flowers from the Heart.  No telephone or email purchases will be available.  The cost per ticket is $25.00 which includes hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages.

You get to be part of the show!  All attendees must come wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater and ready to solve the crime of murder.  One week prior to the event you will receive the details of the party and who you will be as a character.  This will be the event of the season and all proceeds go towards a great cause.  During the night you will be entertained by characters and music of the holiday season.

Not only will you have fun and enjoy an evening of good cheer, you will be able to purchase store items at a discount.  Door prize giveaways and raffles will be held throughout the night.  This event will take the place of Flowers from the Heart’s annual “Night of Elegance.”  Flowers from the Heart and Owner Bruce Walentowski have been major supporters of the Erna Rousseau Scholarship and Wabeno Area Players.  Bruce wanted to do something different this year and give back to the communities his business has served for 30 years.  Flowers from the Heart opened its doors in December of 1987.  Almost to the date of this special fundraising event.  So it’s also an Anniversary Party!

“The Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest” event will also take the place of Wabeno Area Players annual “Songs Under the Mistletoe.” 

Proceeds and donations from this evening will go to the Erna Rousseau Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is in the memory of Erna Rousseau, a lifelong piano teacher and accompanist from Wabeno. Erna always made time for students from the area and supported the arts fully.  It’s awarded annually to a student from Crandon, Goodman/Armstrong Creek, Laona and Wabeno who have been involved in the arts in high school and plan on pursuing a college degree in education, art, music, dance, or theater. Scholarships are now being awarded to current high school students to attend summer camps.  Since 1997 the scholarship has awarded over $9,000 to 26 area students.  It’s the only scholarship of it’s kind for the youth in our area.  Wabeno Area Players is the only community focused arts organization in our area as well.  Both entities rely on the generous support of the community we live in.  All donations are tax deductible.  If you are interested in donating to the scholarship or Wabeno Area Players, please contact (715) 889-1606 or (715) 473-5466.  You can also email us at wabenoareaplayers@gmail.comor send donations directly to:

Wabeno Area Players

P.O. Box 325

Wabeno, WI 54566

The festivities will begin at 7:00pm the evenings of the 9th.  The doors will open at 6:30pm and close at 7:00pm sharp.  The Murder/Mystery will last until 10:00pm.  The party will continue after 10 and guests can shop, visit with the cast and Bruce.  Flowers from the Heart is located at 117 North Lake Avenue in Crandon.  Space is limited to 75 guests for more information please call (715) 889-1606 or (715) 478-3710. More information is available on our website www.wabenoareaplayers.org or our Facebook page

Wabeno Area Players Starts Online Ticket Sales

Wabeno Area Players has listened to their patrons and opens online ticket sales for all shows starting now.  They have contracted with the company Brown Paper Tickets.  They have been a ticketing and event producing company for over 10 years.  The reason the players chose Brown Paper Tickets, is due to the excellent customer service they provide and 24-hour support.  You can order your tickets online or call a sales representative.

Why is this new system better for patrons?  A patron can choose the seat or table they would like to sit at.  They will see what seats are available in real time.  Patrons are able to purchase tickets using the ticket website or can call a sales representative 24 hours a day.

How will patrons get their tickets?  Brown Paper Tickets has several ways a patron can receive their tickets.  You can get them by mail and even priority shipping if tickets are needed fast.  Other ways tickets can be received are by email, on their mobile phone, or picked up at the venue site with Will-Call.  Brown Paper Tickets even have a tool, Transfer-to-a-Friend™, that allows ticket buyers to easily send tickets to their friends.

Will tickets be available locally?  The only way patrons can purchase tickets locally is if they are still available the day of a performance.  These tickets will be made available 90 minutes prior to the performance at the venue site.  To find out if tickets are still available the day of a performance, patrons can call Brown Paper Tickets or look at the online site for availability.

The standard ticket costs will be the same, as the players decided not to raise the prices for this service.  It’s all about convenience and loyalty for the patrons.

The next production for Wabeno Area Players will be And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little.  It will be held November 16th, 17th and 18th at 7:00PM.  The Sunday performance will be at 1:00pm on the 19th.  The venue for the show will be Madonna Hall in Wabeno.  It is located at 1793 Elm Ave. right behind St. Ambrose Catholic Church.  Tickets are $15 each.  Doors will open at 5:30 PM for the evening performance and 11:30AM for the matinee performance.

“The Secret’s in the Sauce”

Wabeno Area Players Present…
“Secret’s in the Sauce”
and
Co-Sponsor the Art in the Square Pie Contest
On Saturday, September 16, 2017 the Wabeno Area Players will present four performances of “Secret’s in the Sauce.”
The performances are free and open to the public and will be in the Courthouse Square during Art in the Sqaure.  Performance times are 10 a.m.11 a.m.12 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Following the 1 p.m. performance awards will be presented to the actual Pie Contest Winners and an auction of the pies will be held.  All proceeds raised from the auction will go towards the Wabeno Area Players and the Erna Rousseau Scholarship which is awarded to students from Crandon, Goodman-Armstrong Creek, Laona and Wabeno.  These scholarships include college scholarships to high school graduates and current high school students going to camps and clinics.

Julia Child returns to Forest County along with her good friend (or enemy) Mario Batali.  They try to out do each other with the pies they have created for a special contest between the two.  Who can guess the secret ingredient in each others pies?  Who will win?  Will fireworks fly between the two?  What is the secret ingredient in each pie?

There is no cost to enter the Pie Contest. The contest is for amateur bakers only.  The pie must be entered in the name of the person who made it, and entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.  The pie categories are limited to three: fruit/vegetable, cream, and nut.  Each pie must be baked in a disposable pie pan, and must be made from scratch. Store-bought pie filling or crust may not be used.  The pies must be dropped off at the PIE BOOTH (located on the courthouse square) accompanied by a registration form and recipe (which includes ingredients, recipe name, contestant name and email/phone number) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. Absolutely NO exceptions!

The judges will not know names of the bakers; their pies will be identifiable by a number only.  The pies will be judged on the following criteria: overall appearance, flavor of the crust and filling, and creativity.  1st and 2nd place in each category will receive awards. $50 in Chamber Bucks and Season Tickets to the 2018 Wabeno Area Players Productions will be awarded for Overall Best in Show. Judging will be conducted with a whole lot of fun by the Wabeno Area Players and will commence at 1 p.m.; prizes will be awarded immediately following.  A lively auction of all pies (minus the piece used for judging) will take place immediately after awards with all proceeds going to the Wabeno Area Players.

Contact info@visitforestcounty.com or (715) 478-3450 for further information.