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The Masquers, Inc. production of "Heaven Can Wait" features, from left, Roz Vossen as Messenger No. 7013, J Gravelle as Joe Pendleton and Paul Hacker as Mr. Jordan.

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The Masquers, Inc. production of "Heaven Can Wait" features, from left, Roz Vossen as Messenger No. 7013, J Gravelle as Joe Pendleton and Paul Hacker as Mr. Jordan.


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“Theater of War” in De Pere,

“Heaven Can Wait” in Manitowoc,

“Wonder of the World” in Green Bay,

“Dream Role 7” in Menasha,

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in De Pere,

“Gobsmacked! The A Cappella Musical” in Green Bay,

Ailey II in Fish Creek,

“Riverdance 20 Years” in Green Bay,

“Submarine Races ‘Manty’” in Green Bay,

“An American in Paris” in Appleton,

“Funny Valentines” in Green Bay,

“Winter Play Reading Festival” in Sturgeon Bay,

“I Do! I Do!” in Tisch Mills… performances involving

Lawrence Jazz Band, Appleton Boy Choir, Chris Young, Scarborough Fair,  “a very small consortium,” Neil Fest VI, Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, Lawrence Choirs, Peninsula Music Festival, Gladys Knight, Sasha Cooke, “Eaglemania,” Jay Owenhouse, Lakeland Choir and Band, Allouez Village Band, Goitse, Lawrence Jazz Ensemble, Harmonious Wail, Eli Kalman, Daniel O’Donnell, Miller and Mike, “Birth of the Cool,” Dailey and Vincent … news of

De Pere mural project, The Green Room moving, “Unseen Forces” exhibition, Oliver Ressler exhibition.  


– In De Pere,

St. Norbert College will host

“Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today,” a Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy lecture series with

Bryan Doerries at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Walter Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of

Fine Arts on campus. Free. Preview story: In a related event, St. Norbert College students will present a staged reading of Doerries’ translation of “Oedipus the King” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Dudley Birder Hall on campus. Registration:

– In Manitowoc,

The Masquers, Inc. community theater will present Harry Segall’s

“Heaven Can Wait” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 22-24, at Capitol Civic Centre. Info: Ellen Peronto directs a cast of 18: J Gravelle as Joe Pendleton, Paul Hacker as Mr. Jordan, Roz Vossen as Messenger #7013, Corrie Skubal as Julia Farnsworth, Tim Brey as Tony Abbott, Warren Schmidt as Max Levine, Emily Guillemette as Bette Logan, D.J. Lucas as Mrs. Ames, Kate Koubaddy as Suzie, Claran LaViolette as Ann, Christine Bubolz as Third Maid, Jerri Burkart as Nurse, Darcy Gravelle as 1st Escort, Tom Bartelme as 2nd Escort #3081 and Doctor, Gregg Wolf as Williams, Fred Schnell as Plainclothesman, Randy Leifer as Lefty and Referee and Roger Bennin as Workman and Announcer. Snapshot: In an extreme case of mistaken identity from beyond the grave, Joe Pendleton gets another chance at life to pursue his dream. This comedy has taken many forms on stage and screen. As the play begins, Mr. Jordan checks in passengers to depart for the Hereafter. The process is interrupted by the arrival of Joe Pendleton, a promising young prizefighter, who refuses to admit he is dead and insists they look up his “record.” The search reveals that Joe is not scheduled to arrive for another 60 years. To correct the wrong, there is an attempt to return Joe to his body. Unfortunately, he has no body to return to, since Joe’s manager has already had him cremated. Comedy, confusion and a little bit of romance ensue as Joe and Mr. Jordan search for a new body and a second chance at life. The play inspired the movie “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” and an adaptation starring Warren Beatty.

– In Green Bay,

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will present David Lindsay-Abaire’s

“Wonder of the World” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, 28-March 1-3 in Jean Weidner Theatre of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Info: The play is described as “a wild ride over Niagara Falls” after a dirty little secret is found in a husband’s sweater drawer. Recommended for mature audiences. The cast consists of Faith Klick, sophomore from Wild Rose; Logan O’Leary, sophomore from Houghton, Mich.; Millie Haushalter, senior from Brillion; Chase Grabowski, sophomore from Marinette; Alan Kopischke, guest artist from Wauwatosa; Andrea Cornett, junior from Green Bay; Colleen Cline, sophomore from Appleton; and Lorelei Zimmerman, junior from Rosendale. Directing is Laura Riddle.

– In Menasha,

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Theatre will present five performances of

“Dream Role 7” Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 22-25, in James W. Perry Hall in Communication Arts Center.. Info: More than 100 area performers will present a revue of popular Broadway songs in 90 minutes. Rating: PG. Directing is Susan Rabideau.

– In De Pere,

Evergreen Productions Young Actors will present

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in five performances Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25, in Walter Theatre in Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College. Info: The play by Richard D. George is an adaptation of a fantasy by Raoul Dahl. The story is about an eccentric guy, Willy Wonka, who runs a huge candy factory and is planning to retire. To select his replacement, Willie Wonka sets up a contest among five finalists who have qualified by finding golden tickets in chocolate bars (not a good business model). The finalists turn out to be spoiled kids except for Charlie Bucket, whose family is living hand-to-mouth. The show is a huge lesson in behavior. The show includes the Oompa Loompas (Willy Wonka’s minions), a Pink Candy Boat, Fizzy Lifting Room, The Nut Room (with “good” and “bad” display for squirrels to test nuts, plus a bad girl) and Choco-Vision Room (with a space-age contraption that seemingly zaps a really bad kid into miniature).

– In Green Bay,

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will host the touring production of

“Gobsmacked! The A Cappella Musical” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Info: The show from the United Kingdom features beatboxer Ball-Zee and a cast of vocalists. The show weaves stories through many forms of a cappella from street-corner harmonies to multi-track live looping. Sounds are produced by human voice. Material includes David Bowie’s “Life on Mars,” Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic?” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s World,” Prince’s “Kiss” and the Beatles “She Loves You.”

– In Fish Creek,

Door Community Auditorium will host the famed

Ailey II dance company at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Info:


– In Green Bay,

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will host the final performance of

“Riverdance 20 Years” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Info: The Irish dance-and-music showcase is on a 40-city tour through the midsection of the United States. The show is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. Titles of scenes include “Reel Around the Sun,” “The Heart’s Cry,” “The Countess Cathleen,” “Caoineadh Chu Chulainn,” “Thunderstorm,” “Firedance” “Shivna,” “Slip into Spring – The Harvest,” “Riverdance,” “American Wake,” “Lift the Wings,” “Heal Their Hearts – Freedom,” “Trading Taps,” “Macedonian Morning,” “The Russian Dervish,” “Andalucia,” “Anna Livia,” “Slow Air and Tunes” and “Heartland.” The company includes 44 performers.

– In Green Bay,

Let Me Be Frank Productions show troupe of Green Bay will present its final four performances of

“Submarine Races ‘Manty’” Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 22-24, at Meyer Theatre: My review:

– In Appleton,

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host the final seven performances of touring production of the musical

“An American in Paris” Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 20-25. Preview story:

– In Green Bay,

Green Bay Community Theater will present its final six performances of D.R. Andersen’s

“Funny Valentines” Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 21-25, in the troupe’s Robert Lee Brault Playhouse. My review:

– In Sturgeon Bay,

Third Avenue Playhouse will present its final weekend of its second annual

“Winter Play Reading Festival” with individual readings Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16-18: Preview story:


– In Tisch Mills,

The Forst Inn Arts Collective will present the musical

“I Do! I Do!” Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24, March 1-4, 9-11. Preview story:


– In Appleton,

Lawrence University will present its

Jazz Band Concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Memorial Chapel. Free.

– In Appleton,

Trout Art Museum will host a

“Young Audiences Fine Arts Series” event,

“Appleton Boy Choir Hits all the Right Notes,” from 4:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The event is free, but registration is required. Info:

– In Ashwaubenon,

Resch Center will host

“Chris Young: Losing Sleep World Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Info:

– In Fond du Lac,

Fond du Lac Concert Association will host

Scarborough Fair (Simon and

Garfunkel tribute) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Performing Arts Center at Fond du Lac High School. Info:

– In Green Bay,

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Mus ic will continue its

“6:30 Concert Series” with

“a very small consortium” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Fort Howard Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free and open to the public; donations are accepted to benefit UWGB’s music program. Info: /.

According to a press release: “a very small consortium,” features an ensemble of UWGB Music faculty and friends performing an international array of miniature compositions selected from an annual call for scores. The works, dubbed “miniature morsels of music,” either consist of 100 notes or fewer, or have a duration of one minute or less. The eclectic repertoire is curated by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, UWGB associate professor of music. Dewhirst, a composer, says, “Creativity is often found within constraints. When composers write miniatures, they need to distill ideas down to their essence – he results are fascinating.” The “6:30 Concert Series” is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Info: Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles.

– In Green Bay,

Riverside Ballroom will host

“Neil Fest VI” featuring the music of Neil Diamond at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Info:

– In Oshkosh,

Grand Opera House will host

Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Info:

– In Appleton,

Lawrence University will present its

Choirs Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Memorial Chapel. Free.

– In Ellison Bay,

Peninsula Music Festival will present the third and final concert in its

“February Fest” series at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church. Preview story:

– In Oshkosh,

Menominee Nation Arena will host

Gladys Knight at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Info:

– In Appleton,

Lawrence University will host Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano

Sasha Cooke as part of its “Artist Series” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Info: According to a press release: Cooke, the 2010 winner of the prestigious Marian Anderson Vocal Award, has performed works of Gustav Mahler to great acclaim on four continents. Steven Spears, a voice professor in Lawrence’s conservatory of music, calls Cooke “one of a handful of current singers who defines the phrase ‘consummate artist.’ One only needs to scan her biography to have a snapshot of music history. At such a young age, Sasha has literally done it all – early music with Baroque expert Sir Harry Bicket to pieces where the ink isn’t even dried yet by innovative composers of contemporary vocal music such as John Adams and Nico Muhly. Her languages are excellent, technique top-notch, but those are nothing compared to the beauty and richness of her voice and her superior skills as an actor.” Cooke earned a Grammy Award in 2012 for her work on the Metropolitan Opera recording of “Doctor Atomic,” an opera that examines the stress and anxiety experienced by the scientists involved with the development and initial test of the first atomic bomb.

– In Oshkosh,

Grand Opera House will host

“Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Info:

In Sheboygan,

Weill Center for the Performing Arts will host

“Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Info:

– In Plymouth,

Lakeland University will present its

Combined Choir and Band Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Bradley Theatre. Free.

RESCHEDULED: – In Green Bay,

Allouez Village Band will present its monthly concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Meyer Theatre. Donations are accepted following the concert. Thus concert was postponed because of inclement weather Feb. 19. Along with music of the concert’s theme,

“Showstoppers, Signatures and Swing,” the band will present a tribute to the memory of one of its own, clarinetist and narrator Mary Eisenreich. According to a press release: “After taking the month of January off, I felt it was time to get back in the ‘swing’ of things with a fun and lively concert,” said director Mike Ajango. “So, naturally I headed toward some fun and well-known music to lift our spirits and forget about winter for a while. We are pleased to have Randi Fay back with us as our featured vocalist. She is a delight and well-known in the Green Bay area.” Fay is a multi-genre vocalist and songwriter who brings an imaginative vibe to the familiar standards. She is a three-time Wisconsin Area Music Industry “Jazz Artist of the Year” nominee (2015, 2016 and 2017). The first half of the concert will feature the Allouez Village Big Band, and the second half the full band. Associate director of the all-volunteer band is Paul Oleksy. The Big Band’s selections include “It’s About Swing,” “Salute to Glenn Miller #2,” “April in Paris” and “When You’re Smiling.” Fay will be featured in “L-O-V-E,” “Black Coffee,” “Alright, Okay You Win” and “Mack the Knife.” Fay will also join the entire Allouez Village Band during the second half when she sings “Moon River.” Other selections by the entire band include “Irving Berlin Showstoppers,” “John Williams: Symphonic Marches” and “Benny Goodman – King of Swing.” A special performance of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” will be performed by the entire band in honor of Mary Eisenreich who died Jan. 19, a month after returning to the band to perform with her beloved clarinet and narrate the Christmas concert. Her loss is a tough blow for everyone, said Ajango, who noted Eisenreich was very well-known in the Green Bay music community. “For me, she was my ‘Ed McMahon’ – my sidekick – the yin to my yang. A truly beautiful soul. And she will be missed.” Eisenreich joined the band about a dozen years ago after retiring from the Ashwaubenon School System where she taught middle school for 30 years and directed the high school musical for 21 years. Band president Brent Hussin was a long-time friend. “Mary Eisenreich was an incredible music educator, performer, mentor and friend. Her passion for music and life will never be forgotten,” he said. “She added a very special flavor to Allouez Village Band concerts through her informative and entertaining announcements. I’m very thankful for my long friendship with Mary and feel privileged to have had the chance to make music with her. She brought much joy to the world and will be missed. As a side note, Mary passed at 1:23. How appropriate for a musician to pass at a waltz tempo.” Eisenreich wrote her own obituary, which chronicles in entertaining and poignant fashion a life so very well-lived. The entire obituary can be found at For audience members looking for a way to honor Eisenreich, the band accepts the donation of used instruments which are then refurbished and donated to local schoolchildren. Info:

– In Appleton,

Lawrence University will host at

“World Music Series” concert

with the Irish quintet

Goitse at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in Harper Hall. Free.

– In Appleton,

Lawrence University will present its

Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Memorial Chapel. Free.

– In Fish Creek,

White Gull Inn will host

Harmonious Wail at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the fourth concert of the inn’s 34th season of winter folk concerts. Info: According to a press release: Harmonious Wail describes itself as a “purveyor of Americana infused Gypsy jazz.” The group just celebrated its 30th anniversary.  In the group are Sims Delaney-Potthoff, mandolinist, bandleader and vocalist’ Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, vocalist whose percussive instrument of choice is a cardboard box; and Jeffo Weiss, who alternates between upright and electric bass. The band has 10 recordings to date.

– In Oshkosh,

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Music will present a

Faculty Recital with

Eli Kalman , piano, with guest artist

Perry Karp , cello, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Music Hall of the Arts and Communication Center. Info:

– In Appleton,

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host

“Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again Tour” at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Info:

– In Appleton,

Trout Art Museum will host a

“Young Audiences Fine Arts Series” event,

“Magical Moments and a Side of Circus with Miller and Mike,” from 4:15-6 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The event is free, but registration is required. Info:

REPRISE – In Green Bay,

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will re-create a concert titled

“Birth of the Cool” at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at The Blue Opus. Info: Nine faculty and friends perform key selections from the 1957 album “Birth of the Cool,” a collaboration between then up-and-coming trumpeter Miles Davis and innovative arranger Gil Evans. My review of the Nov. 29 concert: >

– In Green Bay,

Meyer Theatre will host

“An Evening with Dailey and Vincent” at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Info:


– In De Pere, an

open call for artists has been announced by

Definitely De Pere for a downtown mural project. Info: According to a press release: Murals will be completed at eight locations. Murals can be painted or 3D art installations, vintage or contemporary, and should reflect the people, culture and spirit of downtown De Pere. The goal of the Downtown De Pere Mural Project is to create public art that conveys a piece of the story of De Pere’s history while reflecting a connection to the current vibe of the city or a vision for the future. “We are seeking designs that represent the values and traditions of our community and celebrate the history while pointing to aspirations and integrating contemporary art” said Tina Quigley, executive director of Definitely De Pere. Nearly $50,000 has been designated for the project. Funding was received from excess stadium tax funds that were allocated to Definitely De Pere for public art downtown by the City of De Pere. Mural locations and budgets: 100 S. Broadway, Turba Building, $8,000-$12,000; 131 N. Broadway, Northwestern Building, $4,000-$6,000; 123 S. Broadway, Broadway Theatre, $3,000; 125 S. Broadway, Systems Furniture, $3,000-$4,000; 520 George St., Paintin’ Pottery, $4,000-$6,000; 365 Main Ave, Jenstar Budget, $3,000; 330 Reid St. Waseda Farms Market Building, $8,000-$12,000; 301 Main Ave., Credo, $3,000. Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District.

– In De Pere,

The Green Room entertainment venue has announced it is moving three doors west of its current location to 363 Main Ave. The move is targeted for March 1. According to a press release: Seating capacity for larger shows expands by about 50 percent over the current space. “This new location is much more flexible,” said owner Mike Eserkaln. “The variety of events we can host at our new location is astounding.” The plan is to have the bar area (facing the Reid Street parking lot) open seven days a week with lunch and dinner offerings. There will be entertainment events throughout the week in the bar area and in the larger performance space on the Main Avenue side of the building – sometimes simultaneously. Dave Arndorfer, former owner of Melts With You, will run the kitchen, offering several of his signature sandwiches and soups, along with some expanded menu options. Starting its 31st year, improvisational comedy troupe ComedyCity will be making the move, too. It will anchor Friday and Saturday nights. Laugh Box stand-up comedy will be featured on most Thursday nights, and Piano Bar Sing-Along will continue on the first Thursday each month. Live music, trivia, podcasts, old-time radio shows and other events will be featured throughout the month. The full calendar of events can be found at

– In Sheboygan,

John Michael Kohler Arts Center will open the five-element exhibition

“Unseen Forces” with events from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Info:

– In De Pere,

St. Norbert College will host the first survey of

Oliver Ressler ’s work in the United States from Monday, Feb. 26 to March 29 in the Bush Art Center galleries on campus. According to a press release: The exhibition focuses on forms of grassroots democracy as well as economic and political alternatives to the existing state of global affairs. The following public events will take place during the exhibition and are free and open to the public:

Thursday, March 1, at 4 p.m. : Panel discussion regarding “Art, Social Action and Grassroots Democracy,” sponsored by the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding, Michels Ballroom, 409 Third St.

Thursday, March 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.: Opening reception, Bush Art Center, 403 Third St. With a special screening of “The Right of Passage.”

Thursday, March 22, at 2 p.m.: Screening of film “Take the Square,” Bush Art Center, Room 130, 403 Third St. Ressler was born in Knittelfeld, Austria, in 1970 and currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria, where he attended the University for Applied Arts from 1989 to 1995. He is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, projects in the public space and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. During his career, he has collaborated with artists around the world, including those from New York, Los Angeles and Berlin.

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