Flowers from the Heart and Wabeno Area Players Team Up for Murder Mystery Scholarship Fundraiser “A Mafia Murder Christmas Party”

On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00pm the Wabeno Area Players will be presenting “A Mafia Murder Christmas Party.” It will be held in the beautiful atmosphere of Flowers from the Heart, in Crandon.

This is an audience participation murder mystery show.  Only 50 tickets will be available.  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 1920’s fashions and ready to solve the crime of murder.  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 32 years.  Flowers from the Heart opened its doors in December of 1987.  Almost to the date of this special fundraising event. 

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, White Lake, Elcho, Phelps, Pembine, Florence, Three Lakes, 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 $10,000 to 34 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.  You can also email us at wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com or 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 14th.  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 50 guests.  For more information please call (715) 889-1606 or (715) 478-3710. More information is available on Facebook@wabenoareaplayers.

Rose Colella Cocktail Jazz Quartet

To Perform for the Wabeno Area Players Fine Arts Series

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St., Wabeno, WI 54566).  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Fresh off her first U.S. & Canada Tour, with over 30 appearances in NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto & more, jazz vocalist Rose Colella released her much-anticipated album, “Cocktail” to sold-out audiences and global acclaim, and is currently scheduling her next tour.

Recently featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune & The Chicago Sun-Times, Rose has also received mention in All About Jazz, JAZZIZ, NPR’s A Blog Supreme & LA Jazz Scene, describing her as “elegantly tipsy,” “pure seduction,” “cooly coquettish” & “beautiful and inviting.”

Rose currently performs regularly at Chicago’s top jazz clubs, including The Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill Andy’s & Winter’s, alongside the city’s finest jazz musicians, as well as her tour appearances every Summer from NYC to LA. Rose was recently chosen by LIONSGATE Films to present her “LA LA LAND” show during their Blu-Ray DVD release of the film, to two sold-out shows in 2017, and the event was featured in Entertainment Weekly, IMDB, New York Post’s Page Six, Chicago Tribune, NBC Chicago, Hollywood Reporter, PARADE Magazine, Time Out Chicago, BroadwayWorld, RedEye & Eater.

Rose received her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago and owns the entertainment agency Lola Bard Productions, named for her grandmother, a 1930s vocalist who performed and recorded with Bobby Hackett & The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Rose & Lola were featured in The New York Times, with a story detailing Rose’s career as a jazz vocalist in Chicago, inspired by Lola’s career as a jazz vocalist in New York City.

During the day of the concert, Rose Colella will hold a Masterclass at 1:00 p.m. for area high school students.  Any teacher or student interested should call (715) 889-1606.

For tickets call (800) 838-3006 or order online at wap-rosecolella.brownpapertickets.com.  Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before the performance.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information about this event call (715) 889-1606 or email wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com

Wabeno Area Players To Host Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre 2020 Conference

March 27th and 28th of 2020, the Wabeno Area Players will be hosting the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre’s Annual Conference.  The Players were chosen for this honor for many reasons.  The quality of the organizations productions, community commitment to the arts, the variety of their productions, state-of-the-art performance venue (Nancy Volk Auditorium, Wabeno High School) and the leader in arts education in our communities.  The conference will be held at the Wabeno High School and lodging accommodations will be at local establishments throughout the area.

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 production of Play On will be the featured performance at the conference.  Play on will be performed Thursday-Saturday, March 26th-28th 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 29th 2:00 p.m.  Every performance will be open to the public.  Play On is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax and a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

The mission of the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre is to foster and encourage the development of the highest standards of community theaters in Wisconsin, including standards of excellence for production, management, governance, community relations, and service to the community and state. We strive to increase communication among theaters, provide educational forums, and performance opportunities for Wisconsin’s community theaters.  WACT sponsors a festival competition connected with the American Association of Community Theatre’s national festival.  Over the past years we have sent shows to the regional and national competition.  The organization is also a 501c3 organization as well as the Wabeno Area Players.

For more information about the conference, Wabeno Area Players or the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre please call (715) 889-1606 or email wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com

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.

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.