Announcing our exciting 65th season for 2015
Attic Theatre returns to its roots in 2015 by offering three straight plays about and for families, bringing back “The Lion in Winter” and premiering two well-known and loved comedies, “Father of the Bride” and “Harvey.”
June 19-20, 24-27 @ 7 PM and June 21 @ 2 pm
The Banks family turns a simple June wedding into a hilarious romp as the “Father of the Bride” Stanley Banks and bridegroom Buckley Dunstan learn how important weddings are to the women in their lives. Playwright Caroline Francke turns Edward Streeter's novel of the same name into an evening of laughter and empathy as each member of the family gets involved in the planning the young couple's big event.
Although this play has been been around for a number of years, allowing Hollywood to make two movies of it with Stanley Banks played by Spencer Tracy in the first and Steve Martin in the second, this is the first time Attic Theatre has produced it. The show opens on June 19 and runs for seven performances.
July 9-11, 14-18 @ 7:00 pm and July 12 @ 2 pm
“The Lion in Winter,” the witty matching of England's King Henry II and his exiled Queen Eleanor as they maneuver to name an heir to the throne, opens a nine show run on July 8. The plotting becomes intense between the three young princes, Richard Lionheart, the oldest; Goeffrey, the middle son, and John, the youngest, when the young king of France appears to force the marriage of the young French princess or to regain her dowry.
The play was first produced by Attic Theatre during the 1978 season, starring Kermit Heckert as Henry II, Sandra Parsons as Eleanor, John Q, Casey, Tony Garton and Ken Gehrt as the three princes, Sandy Stevens as the French princess and Robert Dana as the French king.
July 24-25, 29-August 1 @ 7 pm July 26 @ 2 pm
Elwood P. Dowd and his six foot one inch invisible rabbit friend stress the lives of Elwood's sister Veta Louise Simmons and her daughter Myrtle Mae in the perennial favorite, “Harvey” by Mary Chase. The two blithely and pleasantly go about their lives unmindful of the other people's response to their relationship, whether it be the women's friends, the judge's decision or the response of doctors. Veta's final solution brings her to a major decision as the show closes.
Opening on July 24, the show will run for seven performances. All shows will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center. Mail order season tickets will go on sale in March 2015.
“The tradition continues,” said Berray Billington, chairman of Attic Theatre's production committee. “I am excited about next summer's 65th season with plays which contain two Attic Theatre premiers, “Father of the Bride” and “Harvey,” and the comedy/drama, “The Lion in Winter.” It's definitely an actors season.”
Attic Theatre's workshop for children
Act Up! with new and old friends at Attic Theatre's 2015 Children's Theatre Workshop on Saturday, March 21. Interact with others through drama. Learn how to express different emotions with your body, language and voice. During the last half hour, show off all you have learned as you perform in a showcase for family and friends.
The three hour workshop will be held from 9 am until noon in Shattuck Hall room 163 at Lawrence University's Music/Drama Center. The workshop will be conducted by veteran Attic Theatre personnel. Megan Lisowe, who teaches in the Kimberly School District, has directed past workshops and Summer Day Camps. Carol Jegen, a private vocal coach, has performed in and directed Attic Theatre musicals.
- WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2015
- TIME: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
- WHERE: Lawrence University Music/Drama Center, Shattuck Hall Room 163
- WHO: For children in 1st through 8th grade
- COST: $20 per participant
Please note: The number of participants is limited to 35 children. Application deadline is March 7, 2015. Later applications will be added to a waiting list and contacted if a spot becomes available.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating Excellent Community Theatre
Attic Theatre was founded in 1950 in the attic of the Cloak family home on North Union Street in Appleton, Wisconsin. What began as an acting class has become the longest running community theatre in the Fox Valley. In the early days, Attic performed in a variety of venues such as Jefferson School and local church basements. When Lawrence University opened the Music-Drama Center, Attic began its lengthy partnership with LU, employing both theatres during the summer months. Our newest venue, the beautiful UW Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, affords the opportunity to produce a wider array of plays with greater audience appeal.
From simple beginnings, Attic has grown to produce hundreds of full-scale shows over a span of more than 60 years. In addition to a full summer season, Attic currently offers a popular children’s workshop in the spring and a weeklong day camp in the summer.
Each year, thousands of people participate in Attic Theatre on stage, backstage, as volunteers, or as audience members. Ticket sales exceed 5,000 annually. Attic truly does create excellent community theatre.
4 WAYS TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
CALL: Attic Theatre Box Office - 920-734-7887
VISIT: Box Office hours will be announced in Spring 2015. The box office is located at the UW Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, 1478 Midway RD, Menasha, WI.
MAIL: TICKET ORDER FORM 2015
ONLINE: Check back in April 2015 for the link to on-line tickets.
BOX OFFICE AND PERFORMANCES
UW-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, 1478 Midway RD, Menasha, WI