Mark your calendars! The Wabeno Area players invite you to join us for the launch of our 2023 season. On Sunday January 15th we will be hosting a party at Wabeno’s own Madonna Hall. Join us for drinks, desserts, and prizes as we usher in a new year for the players.
WHERE: Madonna Hall in Wabeno, WI
4265 N. Branch, behind St. Ambrose Catholic Church
WHEN: Sunday, January 15 at 6:30 – 8:30pm
WHAT: Information about WAP’s 2023 Season, dessert table, beverages and door prizes.
The Wabeno Area Players are happy to announce our 2023 season! With the new year approaching, we encourage you to mark your calendar for what is sure to be a fantastic year. For updates on shows and more, make sure to bookmark this page.
Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School)
Friday April 21st @ 7pm
Saturday April 22nd @ 7pm
Sunday April 23rd @ 2pm
A story of life, laughter, and loss against the backdrop of life in rural Louisiana- this tale shares the life and struggles of a group of women who meet regularly at Truvy’s in-home beauty parlor. Join us for laughter and tears as we celebrate this classic together this April.
Huisman Honor Recital
Nancy Volk Auditorium (Wabeno High School)
Saturday May 20th @ 7pm
In honor of the late Richard Huisman, we present a showcase of young Wisconsin talent. The Huisman Honor Recital celebrates high school students who have been selected to receive scholarships and offers them an opportunity to showcase their vocal or instrumental talents. Proceeds from this event go towards further funding this scholarship program.
Day at the Schoolhouse
Wabeno Old Schoolhouse (on Highway 32, across from the Christian Thrift Store)
(In the event of inclement weather, the show will be held at the Nancy Volk Auditorium)
Saturday June 24th @ 6pm
Join us for an informative and funny look back at life in Wabeno’s one room schoolhouse. This readers’ theater event examines the lives of teachers and students living in rural communities in the early 1900s. Come laugh and learn!
Those interested in participating can audition June 8th and 9th at the Nancy Volk Auditorium.
Lumberjacks and Wedding Belles
Wabeno Firefighters’ Park
Thursday August 17th @ 7pm
Friday August 18th @ 7pm
Saturday August 19th @ 7pm
Sunday August 20th @ 2pm
Music? Check. Dancing? Check. Flannel? Check. This musical has it all! We invite you to a tiny logging town where small town life is about to heat up. Will Asa defeat the villainous Mayor Crook? Will anyone stand up to the Scrubbs family? Can you stand our singing? Find out this August!
We will be holding open auditions for this show July 10th at the Nancy Volk Auditorium.
… And More!
In addition to the above shows, the Players are hard at work to set a hilarious fall show as well as schedule more events for our Fine Arts series. Watch this page for updates!
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.
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.
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!