UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble to Perform in Wabeno Area Players Fine Arts Series

The UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Marty Robinson, is the premiere jazz group at the university. In addition, the jazz ensemble travels to national jazz festivals and often tours regionally to high schools around Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. The ensemble plays a wide variety of jazz big-band music, from the early swing era to classic 60s jazz to 80s jazz fusion to modern jazz, including everything in between, and prides itself on the ability to switch gears musically and present a rich and wide array of great jazz music, often featuring new composers and arrangers as well.

During the day of the performance a clinic will be held with the UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble and area school students.  Any schools wishing to participate should call (715) 889-1606 or email wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com.


The Rebel Boys Basketball Team will host a Spaghetti Dinner before the concert starting at 5:00 p.m.  They are raising money for the Rebel Boys Basketball Team to Play Crivitz December 14th at the FiServ Forum (Milwaukee Bucks Stadium). The dinner will be $6.00 per person.  Come out and enjoy a dinner and show!  Show your support for the Rebel Basketball Team and the Wabeno Area Players Fine Arts Series.

Tickets for the event are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.  The venue for the event is the Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St., Wabeno, WI 54566).  For Tickets Call (800) 838-3006 or order online at uw-oshkoshjazz.brownpapertickets.com.Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:00pm.

Production Postponed

The summer production of WORKING has been postponed.  We will be doing this show the SUMMER OF 2020.  If you had won tickets to this show please mail the tickets to:

Wabeno Area Players

PO Box 325

Wabeno, WI 54566

Include your name and mailing address with the tickets.  We will issue and send tickets for our fall show FARCE OF HABIT to replace the tickets that had been won for WORKING. 

We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons.  We will be doing other productions and concerts the next few months.  If you have any questions please call (715) 889-1606.

Wabeno Area Players Fine Arts Series Presents….. WRITTEN OFF A Gripping Tale That Challenges Stigma

April 4, 2019 at 7:00pm

In 2016 more Americans died from overdoses than in the entire Vietnam War conflict.  And yet those new casualties are rarely considered victims of disease. The documentary film “Written Off” is challenging conventional thinking about addiction. By taking the viewer inside an individual’s fight against opioids, through personal journals, Written Off combats stigma and humanizes the victim.The film chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, a Crandon High School graduate, whose addiction to opioids began at age 15, after being prescribed pain medicine for a minor surgery.  His grippingly honest writing reveals the secrets he tried so hard to conceal throughout a decade long struggle to escape addiction. Matthew’s mother, Jane Funk, currently a teacher at Crandon High School, published the book “What I Couldn’t Tell you : one Man’s Struggle with Opioid Addiction” in June of 2017 and worked with filmmakers Molly Hermann and Rob Lyall on the “Written Off” documentary.

“Every day, there’s another story about the opioid epidemic, another overdose, another mug shot.  But these stories often work to reinforce the stigma of addiction instead of humanizing it,” explains filmmaker Molly Hermann, who wrote, directed and co-produced Written Off.  “Matt didn’t want to do drugs but he didn’t know how to get out.  That struggle is right there in his own words, he chronicled every cc and milligram that went into his body and every dollar he shelled out to get more, all as he tried desperately to get clean.”   “We know this film is already making a difference – we hear from people who see it that it made them recognize the addiction of a family member for the first time.” says Co-Producer and Director of Photography Rob Lyall.  

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Wabeno Area Players Huisman Honors Recital

All students who attend schools in The Northern Lakes Conference (Crandon, Laona, Wabeno, White Lake, Three Lakes, Florence, Goodman/Armstrong Creek, Phelps, Elcho and Pembine) have the opportunity to compete in the Huisman Honors Recital Competition. This event is named after longtime educator and arts supporter Richard Huisman. Richard was a teacher, principal and superintendent for the School District of Wabeno.

The honors recital competition is open to all instrumentalists, as well as vocalists, guitarists, and pianists who have performed a Class A Solo for the 2019 Solo and Ensemble Season. Each student entry must perform the music that they prepared for Solo and Ensemble. Eight to Ten students will be selected to perform at the honors recital. Each student chosen will receive a plaque of merit for being chosen to represent their school and community. One of the students selected to perform will receive a $250+ scholarship.

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Wabeno Area Players, Pride Ride and WHS Join Forces to Improve Nancy Volk Auditorium Technology

“When schools and community groups work together, everyone wins,” says Rebel Drama Director Nick J. Lowery. “We’ve gotten a recent donation from The Pride Ride to help with the Spring Musical, and the continued help we receive from the Players is greatly improving the facility in which both our groups perform and many residents of the area can enjoy high quality theatre.” 

Wabeno Area Players and Wabeno High School are continuing their community and school partnership to improve the Nancy Volk Auditorium at WHS. With additions, tweaks and maintenance of the lighting and sound systems, they are working on turning the space into a state-of-the-art theatre. It is coming just in time as Rebel Drama’s March 15-17 run of Queen’s We Will Rock You is going to need to utilize every bit of tech the high school tech crew can get their hands on.


Students, Community and Professionals come together to make the Nancy Volk Auditorium facility state-of-the-art.  Pictured Left to Right: Dean Kolze (Lighthouse Productions), Logan Riebe (WHS Student), Jan Volk (Wabeno Area Players), Evan Thomas (WHS Student) and Drew Arnold (Lighthouse Productions)
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