Auditions Open for Wabeno Area Players’ Production of A Deadly Habit: The Superbowl Massacre

A sports widow is “mad as hell” and she’s not going to take it anymore! The football commissioner mysteriously resigns. A cheerleader stages her own kidnapping. A referee is up to his ears in drug deals and bad calls. This deadly game goes into overtime for an intricate scheme of revenge and cover ups that invites a lot of audience participation. If you are interested in participating or would like to schedule an audition please call (715) 889-1606 or email wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com. All auditions must be complete by September 20th. If acting is not for you, we have positions on the stage crew and other supportive roles.

This production will take place November 15-18, 2018. The rehearsals will begin in October. You can purchase tickets for this show by going to wabenoareaplayers.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.

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

“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.

Get Your Tickets For “The Cemetery Club”

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November 17-20, 2016

“The Cemetery Club”

By Ivan Menchell

*Reservations Requested

The Cemetery Club. It is the story of three widows in Forest Hills, Queens. They are the surviving half of three sets of long time best friends. Each of whom is in a different stage of healing and moving on with her life. Once a month the three women – Doris, Ida and Lucille – meet to pay their respects to their husbands, who are all buried in the same cemetery.

Doris is content to have loved her husband well and seeks nothing more than simply to go on remembering him. Lucille appears to quickly have dismissed the loss of her late husband and hungrily searches for a new man. She flaunts the men on her arm with hopes that her philandering late husband sees that she has moved on without him. No doubt Doris would contentedly visit the cemetery every day, but Lucille declares “I refuse to continue to be a part of a club where half the members are dead!” Ida is in the middle of these two opposites. She recounts how her husband always loved coming home to her home cooked meals, and how she spent the first few months after his death numbly cooking elaborate meals for the husband that would never come home to her again.

When Ida spends time with a widower named Sam, she wonders if she may be ready to open her heart to a second chance at love. The two find a connection that is soon torn asunder by Ida’s meddling friends. Though meaning well, Lucille and Doris decide that Ida is not ready for this budding relationship. They warn off Sam, who respectfully retreats without telling Ida why. When Sam appears at the wedding of a mutual friend with a glamorous and slightly younger widow named Mildred, sparks fly. Ida is hurt, and Lucille and Doris confess their interference. After a mild cat fight, complete with drinks thrown in faces, Ida, Lucille and Doris each more intently view their journey as single women.

After the wedding, we learn that Lucille, despite her bravado, has not been able to be sexually intimate with another man since her husband. His unfaithful adventures have left a part of her doubting that she was “good enough.” The women are bound together by their hurt, their healing and the discovery that they are more alike than they believed. Though Ida regains her chance at love with Sam, she losses her dear friend Doris, who unexpectedly passes away the day after the wedding. For those remaining, life goes on. It is a story of emotional strength and endurance.

The Cemetery Club has been compared by many to the play Steel Magnolias.

17th-19th Shows are at 7:00pm

20th Show is at 2:00pm

Cocktail Hour Starts at 1:00pm/6:00pm

All performances are at Madonna Hall located 1793 Elm Ave., Wabeno, WI located behind St. Ambrose Catholic Church.  For reservations please call (715) 889-1606 or (715) 473-5466.

Email: wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com

Get your tickets for “Planting Season”

wap_plantingseasonposterOctober 13-15, 2016

“Planting Season”
By Dr. Daniel Boatright
World Premier
*Reservations Required

Planting Season is a comedy in three acts.  Digby Dye, whose hoped for career was cut short by a petty politician and one little barn full of dead race horses, is a funeral home owner in Wabeno.  He and his partner, Gustav, have found themselves unlikely and unplanned accomplices of a high-end fashion fraud, a mafia kingpin who has an abundance of bodies to hide, and an Alabama Bootlegger attempting to get his “old family recipe” up to those thirsty Canadians. Each of the arch-criminals wants all the coffins Digby and Gustav can supply for their nefarious purposes.  Sadly, they don’t really have enough to fill the needs of one, much less all three of the criminals as they try to juggle the precarious situation….and survive it.  Amber Dawn, Digby’s girlfriend, who is “the smart one” of the group, is trying to dig Digby out of the hole he’s in. Others in this adventure include Police Commissioner Martini, Detective Cosmo, and a variety of other friends…or are they friends?

13th and 14th Shows are at 7:00pm

15th show is at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Cocktail Hour Starts at 1:00pm/6:00pm

All performances are at Madonna Hall located 1793 Elm Ave., Wabeno, WI located behind St. Ambrose Catholic Church.  For reservations please call (715) 889-1606 or (715) 473-5466.

Email: wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com