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  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:

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 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.

Wabeno Area Players 2nd Annual Huge Rummage Sale

The Sale will be Friday-Sunday, August 25th-27th, 2017 at Madonna Hall (1793 Elm Ave.) located behind St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Wabeno. The hours of the sale are Friday and Saturday 9:00AM to 4:00PM. The Sunday hours will be from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. We will have furniture to clothing and everything in between.

If you have items you wish to donate please drop them off starting Friday, August 18th through Thursday, August 24th at Madonna Hall.

The Drop Off Hours are as follows:
Friday the 18th 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th 9:00AM-2:00PM
Monday-Thursday the 21st-24th 10:00AM-5:00PM

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE as Wabeno Area Players is a 501c3 Non-Profit Entity. We will not take electronics (TV’s, Computers, Etc…), mattresses or box springs, children’s car seats, chemical/paint or items that cost money to dispose of (batteries, etc…).

Any items left after the sale will be donated to the following organizations: New Hope Shelter, Christian Thrift Store, Animal Resource Fund and the Forest County Humane Society.

The proceeds from the sale will be split between Wabeno Area Players and St. Ambrose Parish for Madonna Hall improvements.

For more information please contact Linda at (405) 361-8294 or Josh at (715) 889-1606. You can also email them at

WABENO AREA PLAYERS getting ready for 2nd Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser August 25-27, 2017

Wabeno Area Players and volunteers are getting ready for their annual fundraiser.  They have partnered with St. Ambrose Parish in Wabeno and will hold the sale at Madonna Hall (1794 Elm Ave., Wabeno).  The proceeds from the sale will benefit the players by subsidizing the production costs for the 2018 Show Season.  A portion of the sales will also go towards maintenance and upkeep for Madonna Hall.  Madonna Hall is the principle performance space for Wabeno Area Players.

The players are taking donated items for the sale.  All donations are tax deductible as the Wabeno Area Players is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization.  For more information about the sale please contact (715) 889-1606 or (405) 361-8294.  You may also email:

Wabeno Area Players to Host Open Tryouts for August Musical Comedy Melodrama

The Wabeno Area Players are in search of actors and actresses for their August show, the hilarious musical comedy melodrama, “The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux.” Show dates are set for August 10, 11, 12, and 13. Open tryouts for the side-splitting medical spoof are Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00PM in the Wabeno High School Auditorium.

The Players are hoping to find energetic and committed persons to fill five major female roles, four major male roles, six minor roles and the chorus. Most of the major roles have singing solos. The music is not challenging and it’s filled with fun! There are roles that call for little or no singing abilities. There are large group numbers needing persons to play patients and personnel at the Hanover D. Cash Clinic.

The roles include Lotta Cash, a wealthy widow and owner of Hanover D. Cash Clinic. The evil Dogsbreath Devereaux, M.D., sets his sights on marrying Lotta so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband’s clinic. A second villain in the story is the nasty nurse, Hilda Hatchet, who Devereaux promises to wed after she helps him eliminate Lotta.

Sweet and innocent Wendy March is the heroine, and handsome Dr. Phil Good is the hero of the melodrama. They are assisted by naïve and kooky Nurse Ivy Dripp who is madly in love with the muscle-bound orderly, Ward Helper. A burlesque dancer from Brooklyn, Trixie St. James, barges into the clinic with a broken ankle and derails the blossoming relationship of Wendy and Phil. Officer Tommy Gunn, is an authoritative cop in need of medical attention, but finds mayhem instead. Minor roles include six zany patients who have uproarious medical issues, Brother Sunbeam, a peace-loving minister, and Trixie’s troupe of energetic burlesque dancers.

Packets of tryout materials include the complete script, CDs of the music, mini scripts of dialog, and instructions for tryout preparation. The packets are available at the Wabeno Public Library, Lakes Country Library, Laona Public Library, and Crandon Public Library or from Carol Bartlein.

Persons who are unable to make the tryouts on June 19 or 20 should contact Carol Bartlein at 715-473-5466 and make other arrangements. Also call her if there are tryout questions. Rehearsals will start June 26 and be two to four nights a week depending on the role. The show is under the direction of Carol Bartlein.

Wabeno Area Players is looking for a band and cast for “The Letter”

The Wabeno Area Players is excited to announce auditions for “The Letter.” This is the premier of this work by playwright Dr. Daniel Boatright. Auditions will be held at two different locations on Saturday, March 25th. The first location will be the Crandon Public Library, located at 110 W Polk St, Crandon, WI 54520, from 9:30 to 11:30. The second location will be at the Wabeno Town Hall, located at 4473 N Branch St, Wabeno, WI 54566 from 1:00 to 3:00. The show will run May 25-28, 2017.

“The Letter” dates from WW-II when it was left in the tank now near the Wabeno Legion Hall. It was written by one of the Andrews Sisters to the driver, who was wounded and whom they visited at a field hospital in Italy. He forgot to get it out of the tank when he was reassigned, and it has lain hidden since the war. It is discovered and the town decides to find out more about him and give the letter to his living relatives only to discover he is still alive. Inviting him to Wabeno for a civic affair and publicity opportunity, he flashes back to the war, the Andrews Sisters and the story unfolds. This production features music of The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby and Benny Goodman. Some of the songs are: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Rum and Coca Cola, In the Mood, Shoo Shoo Baby, Swinging On a Star, I’ll Be seeing You and many more.

All auditioners for the cast roles will be required to do a cold reading from the script, and an interview by the director. None of the roles require singing and dialogue is very limited. The following roles will be cast: 1 Male age 18 to 35, 1 Male age 60 to 75, 2 Males age 18 to 60, 2 females age 18 to 75 and several non-speaking roles. Rehearsals will begin for the speaking roles the end of April.

Those interested in performing in the band will be required to play any song of their choice. A sight reading piece will also be given of one of the selections from the production. The following instrumentalists are needed: 2 Trumpets, 1 Alto Saxophone, 1 Tenor Saxophone, 1 Clarinet, 1 Trombone, Guitar and Bass. Rehearsals will begin with the band in April. This is great opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent and play in a Big Band ensemble.

For more information or questions please contact:

Wabeno Area Players
P.O. Box 325
Wabeno, WI 54566
(715) 889-1606
(715) 473-5466
Facebook @wabenoraeaplayers

Erna Rousseau Education Scholarship Celebrates 20 Years of Giving to Area Young Adults

The scholarship is in the memory of Erna Rousseau, a lifelong piano teacher and accompanist from Wabeno. Erna was a large presence in the community when it came to the arts and supporting these programs and the youth involved with them. It’s awarded annually to a student from Wabeno, Crandon, and Laona. The scholarships are awarded to students who have been involved in the arts in high school and plan on pursuing a college degree in education, art, graphic arts, music, dance, theater or TV/broadcast journalism. Scholarships are also awarded to current high school students to attend visual and performing arts camp and clinics. Since 1997 the fund has thus far given over $6000 in scholarships to area young adults.
The Erna Rousseau Scholarship Committee in cooperation with Wabeno Area Players has announced that the Goodman/Armstrong Creek School District will now be added to the scholarship. This makes students from this school district eligible to apply and receive the scholarships.

Postsecondary Scholarship
This postsecondary scholarship is designed to recognize area students who have demonstrated academic success, community service and involvement in the performing and/or visual arts. The amount of the scholarship is $500. This will be awarded to the recipient in the spring semester of his/her second year of college. The scholarship is open to applicants who will be enrolled in an institution of higher learning as an education, music, art, graphic arts, theater, dance or TV/broadcast journalism. The student must carry at least 12 credits a semester and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or administrator must be submitted to the scholarship committee. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by April 1. The Scholarship Committee’s decision will be announced on class night or graduation day. The decision of the committee will be final.

High School Fine Arts Camps, Clinics and Workshop Scholarships
These scholarships are designed to recognize area students who have demonstrated success and talent in the performing and/or visual arts. The amount of the scholarship is $250. Two scholarships may be awarded per year. The scholarship is open to students in the school districts of Crandon, Laona, Wabeno and Goodman/Armstrong Creek who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors at the time of the application. The scholarship is open to applicants who wish to attend a fine arts workshop, clinic or camp (music, art, theater, forensics, etc…), and who agree to attend the entire camp. Applicants must include a camp brochure or information from the camp/clinic/workshop. A letter of recommendation must be included with the application. This should be written by a teacher, administrator, or fine arts extra-curricular coach and should stress the student’s dedication to their art, academic strength, and good attendance record. Applications must be received no later than April 1 and scholarships will be awarded on or before May 1. The decision of the
committee will be final.
The school districts of Crandon, Laona, Wabeno and Goodman/Armstrong Creek have received the scholarship information. If anyone is interested in the scholarships they should see the school administration, counselor, fine arts teachers or extra-curricular coaches. For additional information please see the Wabeno Area Players Website at and look for the Erna Rousseau Scholarship tab. Questions may also be directed to Laura Bobbe 715-674-6705, Carol Bartlein 715-473-5466 or Jackie Enders 715-674-4061. Correspondence can be sent to: Erna Rousseau Scholarship, C/O Laura Bobbe, 5775 West Shore Lane, Laona, WI 54541.

This is the only local scholarship designed to give to students that participate and excel in the arts. Wabeno Area Players is the financial fiduciary of the Erna Rousseau Scholarship. This 501c3 organization raises funds throughout the year for the scholarship. If you are interested in learning more about the Wabeno Area Players and would like to give to the Erna Rousseau Scholarship, please use the contact information below. All donations are tax deductible.

Wabeno Area Players
P.O. Box 325
Wabeno, WI 54566
(715) 889-1606
(715) 473-5466
Facebook @wabenoraeaplayers