The Wabeno Area Players are happy to announce our 2023 season! With the new year approaching, we encourage you to mark your calendar for what is sure to be a fantastic year. For updates on shows and more, make sure to bookmark this page.
Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School)
Friday April 21st @ 7pm
Saturday April 22nd @ 7pm
Sunday April 23rd @ 2pm
A story of life, laughter, and loss against the backdrop of life in rural Louisiana- this tale shares the life and struggles of a group of women who meet regularly at Truvy’s in-home beauty parlor. Join us for laughter and tears as we celebrate this classic together this April.
Huisman Honor Recital
Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School)
Saturday May 20th @ 7pm
In honor of the late Richard Huisman, we present a showcase of young Wisconsin talent. The Huisman Honor Recital celebrates high school students who have been selected to receive scholarships and offers them an opportunity to showcase their vocal or instrumental talents. Proceeds from this event go towards further funding this scholarship program.
Day at the Schoolhouse
Wabeno Old Schoolhouse (on Highway 32, across from the Christian Thrift Store)
(In the event of inclement weather, the show will be held at the Nancy Volk Auditorium)
Saturday June 24th @ 6pm
Join us for an informative and funny look back at life in Wabeno’s one room schoolhouse. This readers’ theater event examines the lives of teachers and students living in rural communities in the early 1900s. Come laugh and learn!
Those interested in participating can audition June 8th and 9th at the Nancy Volk Auditorium.
Lumberjacks and Wedding Belles
Wabeno Firefighters’ Park
Thursday August 17th @ 7pm
Friday August 18th @ 7pm
Saturday August 19th @ 7pm
Sunday August 20th @ 2pm
Music? Check. Dancing? Check. Flannel? Check. This musical has it all! We invite you to a tiny logging town where small town life is about to heat up. Will Asa defeat the villainous Mayor Crook? Will anyone stand up to the Scrubbs family? Can you stand our singing? Find out this August!
We will be holding open auditions for this show July 10th at the Nancy Volk Auditorium.
… And More!
In addition to the above shows, the Players are hard at work to set a hilarious fall show as well as schedule more events for our Fine Arts series. Watch this page for updates!
The Wabeno Area Players will be holding Auditions for the March production of Play On. This hilarious comedy is sure to be a favorite of all involved and who attend. The show will be March 26-29, 2020. Auditions will Tuesday, January 14th at 6:00 p.m. They will be held at the Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St., Wabeno, WI 54566) in Wabeno. The audition will consist of cold readings. For more information please call (715) 889-1606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be the featured production of the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre Conference being held in Wabeno at the Wabeno High School and Nancy Volk Auditorium. The conference will focus on workshops devoted to community theatre or high school theatre. Workshops are led by experts that have or are working with community/high school theatre in many areas. These workshops are for those with experience, little experience, or no experience in producing a theatrical production. The workshops are open to adults and students as well. Anyone interested or involved in theatre is welcome to attend. These workshops would include: acting, directing, stage management, improvisation, sound & lights, volunteerism, AACTFest, and state community theater networking. This is also a great opportunity to get to know other theatre people from around the state, share ideas, possibly exchange costumes or props, and have a great time.
The Wabeno Area Players will be holding Auditions for the
November production of Farce of Habit. This
hilarious comedy is sure to be a favorite of all involved and who attend. The show will be November 21-24, 2019. Auditions
will Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. They will be held at Madonna Hall (1793 Elm
Ave., Wabeno, WI 54566) in Wabeno.
Comic fireworks explode in FARCE OF HABIT, an absurdly funny
Southern-fried romp that takes us back to the Reel ’Em Inn, the finest little
fishing lodge in the Ozarks. The proprietor, D. Gene Wilburn, is looking
forward to a peaceful weekend on the lake. But there are only two chances of
that happening: slim and none. Why, for example, has his wife, Wanelle, picked
these three days to white-knuckle her way through caffeine withdrawal? Why is
his son Ty’s marriage to Jenna falling apart so fast? Could it have something
to do with the French can-can costume Ty is wearing? How on earth would D.
Gene’s feisty sister, Maxie, allow herself to get caught up in such a bizarre
undercover police assignment? And that’s just his family. If this isn’t enough
to thwart D. Gene’s weekend plans, he’s got a gaggle of nuns who’ve converged
on the Inn, hell-bent on experiencing a nature retreat—which might be tolerable
if D. Gene didn’t have a chronic fear of anything in a habit. Add to this the
presence of Jock McNair, a nationally known relationship guru whose colossal
ego threatens everyone’s sanity; a shy retiree anxious to cut loose and embrace
his “inner caveman” and a couple of wild women who may or may not be who they
claim to be. Throw in the storm of the century that’s fast bearing down on
Mayhew, Arkansas, and D. Gene has no prayer of baiting a hook any time soon.
Oh, and did we mention there’s an axe murderer on the loose? If you enjoy
gloriously preposterous hilarity, then laughing your way through the
take-no-prisoners comedy is one habit you’ll never want to break!
On April 22nd and 23rd at 6:00 pm, the Players will be holding open auditions for the musical WORKING. The audition will be held at Madonna Hall (1793 elm Ave., Wabeno, WI 54566). You will be doing a cold reading and will be required to sing a short song that will be taught to you at the audition. If you would like more information please contact the Players at (715) 889-1606 or email email@example.com. This production will be performed July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27 at 7:00pm and 21 at 1:00pm in the Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St., Wabeno, WI 54566).
Working is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the millworker, the mason, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation. Working employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Wabeno Area Players will hold open auditions for “On Golden Pond” at Madonna Hall, 1793 Elm Ave., Wabeno, WI 54566, at 6 p.m. Monday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 11.
Auditions are open to anyone in the community regardless of race or ethnic background. No previous stage experience is required to try out for any Wabeno Area Player production. Casting decisions are made by the director and production team.