Wabeno Area Players Eager to Take the Stage!

After a months-long interval between curtain calls, Wabeno Area Players (WAP) is very eager to take the stage again! And although it’s an extremely short 2021 season with only one production, it’s going to be a brilliant replay of one of WAP’s favorites: Planting Season. First performed in October 2016 and written by emeritus playwright Daniel Boatright, this is a delightful comedy that promises much laughter and levity. Here’s a teaser for you:

Digby Dye is a funeral home operator in Wabeno, whose dream career as a veterinarian was cut short by a petty politician and a barn full of dead racehorses. He and his business partner, Gustav, have unexpectedly found themselves accomplices of a fashionista, who is involved in fashion fraud. Add to the mix a mafia kingpin with an abundance of bodies to hide, plus a Kentucky bootlegger attempting to get his “old family recipe” up to thousands of thirsty Canadians, and you have the perfect prescription for hilarity! Several other characters add to the comedic chaos.

This is a show you won’t want to miss! Performances will take place at the Nancy Volk Auditorium at Wabeno High School located at 4325 Branch St. Showtimes are as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.

There is no reserved seating for this production, and no online ticket sales. Tickets are available one hour prior to each performance and prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

For more information on this production and future offerings, please call (715) 889-1606 or (715) 473-5466. You may also reach out via email at wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com. Stay tuned for exciting news regarding WAP’s 2022 40th anniversary season at www.facebook.com/wabenoareaplayers.

About Wabeno Area Players, a 501c3 non-profit organization:

Founded almost 40 years ago, WAP was created as a much-needed outlet whose purpose was and is the cultural development and community involvement within the greater Forest and Oconto areas. Its ultimate goal is to entertain, inspire, educate and impact in a positive way.

The MadHatters in Concert

As part of its Fine Arts Series, Wabeno Area Players (WAP) is excited to bring to our community the a Capella group, Madhatters. The MadHatters began in 1997 as the first a Capella on the UW campus.

The musical prowess of the MadHatters has taken them to sometimes unbelievable heights. From performing at the UW Band Concert, to singing at Miller Park, the Governor’s Mansion, Lambeau Field, and the White House (twice!), the MadHatters have performed at places of which most college students can only dream. And the “gentlemen in red” are no strangers to the recording studio. Their nine albums have been greeted with acclaim both in the Madison community and abroad with their most recent album, All On Red, released in 2017. All of the MadHatters’ albums can be streamed and downloaded on Spotify, iTunes and Tidal.

WAP is so pleased that these gentlemen will be right here in Forest County. The concert takes place February 29, 2019, at the Nancy Volk Auditorium located at Wabeno High School, 4325 N. Branch St. in Wabeno. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. For more information on this show and others or to purchase tickets online, please visit wabenoareaplayers.org, or facebook.com/wabenoareaplayers, and follow the yellow brick road!

Wabeno Area Players (WAP) 2020 Pledge Drive Begins

For almost 40 years, the Wabeno Area Players has relied upon the extraordinary support of donors, without whom the journey to producing amazing productions would not be possible. Whether it be our free theater camp for children, a visiting music group, live plays and musical productions, readers theater, teaming up with other organizations to raise community funds, supporting the school fine arts programs in the area, we are here to make a difference in the lives around us.

Our pledge is to put your generosity directly into the artists and work you see on stage and continue our mission of producing and developing quality performances. As such, by contributing to WAP, you are investing in the future of the Arts in our area. Gratitude is such a humbling and overwhelming feeling as we look around at what we, with your help, accomplish every season.

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Wabeno Area Players To Hold Auditions for Play On

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 wabenoareaplayers@gmail.com.

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.

A little about Play On…

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Theatre and Fine Arts Group Announces its 2020 Season (and it’s a doozie!)

There are many things that make Forest County unique. While some are well known far and wide, some are hidden gems. Wabeno Area Players (WAP) is one of the brightest gems you’ll find in these parts.

Founded almost 40 years ago, WAP’s main mission was to bring the arts to our community by way of theatre, music and song.And for all those years, that’s just what it’s done. But hold on to your hats, folks, because the 2020 season will see WAP in overdrive!

For the first time ever, WAP is presenting 12 events over the course of every month in 2020 but December. If the sheer number of special events doesn’t impress you, the variety and high quality of them certainly will!

There’s not enough space to provide a complete list and description of the entire season, but rest assured, there’s a little something for everyone: history, music, song, comedy, and yes, even climate change. To sweeten the pot, one doesn’t have to drive far or pay big city prices for quality entertainment, and it’s right here in our own backyard!

A brief list of the season is included here, but to get the complete skinny on everything from an overview of the production andvenue to dates and ticket prices, please visit wabenoareaplayers.org, or visit WAP on Facebook at facebook.com/wabenoareaplayers.

• January: Saving Snow Documentary Viewing (Fine Arts Series)

• February: The MadHatters A Cappella (Fine Arts Series)

• March: Play On (WAP Mainstage Production)

• March: Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre Conference

• April: Wisconsin Singers (Fine Arts Series)

• May: Huisman Honors Recital (Fine Arts Series)

• June: A Night AT The Museum (Fine Arts Series)

• July: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (WAP Mainstage Production)

•August: A Night At The Old School House

• September: The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon & Mrs. Levine (WAP Mainstage Production)

• October: The Special Consensus (Fine Arts Series)

• November: Four Old Broads (WAP Mainstage Production)

WAP exists to entertain, to inspire, to educate, and to impact in a positive way, and we hope you’ll join us in 2020! Be sure to stay tuned as more information is released each month on upcoming performances.