A Message from the President:
WELCOME TO OUR 67TH SEASON!
Community Theatre is an amazing experience!! On either side of the curtain those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experiences and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts. It has a positive impact on youth, seniors, area businesses, and the community at large. Last summer Attic theatre celebrated its 66th season of producing excellent community theatre in the Fox Cities! Our actors, directors, technicians and audiences came from all corners of the Fox Valley and beyond. We are truly a Fox Cities Theatre Company.
Attic Theatre was founded in 1950 in the attic of the Cloak family home in Appleton, Wisconsin. What began as an acting class has become the longest running community theatre in the Fox Valley. From simple beginnings, Attic has grown to produce hundreds of full-scale shows over a span of more than 66 years. Each year, thousands of people participate in Attic Theatre on stage, backstage, as volunteers, or as audience members. Attic truly does create excellent community theatre.
For the 67th season, we are reinventing ourselves creating a new, lasting and more fulfilling relationship with you our audience. Attic Theatre will be known as Attic Chamber Theatre or ACT. Becoming a chamber theatre will allow us to offer you the quality and experiences of our past 66 seasons while creating a new identity filled with a future of promise, excitement and innovation. What will set us apart from the other area theatre companies is a commitment to find new, exciting and different plays that will challenge us and you our audience. We want to produce the kind of plays you expect from Attic Theatre and new celebrated works that continue to stretch the boundaries of contemporary theatre. We will find and hire directors, designers and technicians who will create polished and professional quality looking shows. We are introducing the play club a cooperative effort with area libraries. Much like a book club this will introduce patrons to plays they do not readily know. We will be holding talk backs after our shows so that you can ask questions of our staff and actors and give feedback. We will continue our relationship with UW-Fox Valley but will be presenting all our shows in the intimate Lucia Baehman theatre! No seat is more than 30 feet from the playing area which allows you to be closer to the action and hear every word. You will be amazed how we fit a full-scaled musical in our intimate space. We are striving to make coming to an ACT show an event. We are introducing new refreshments of an adult variety in the lobby before and during intermission.
We’ve been on quite a journey these past 66 seasons and are humbled and overwhelmed by your continued enthusiastic support. We hope you will join us on this new journey. The Board of Directors of ACT is committed to making our new relationship work. You will find us, our staff and artists in the lobby, before, during and after each show eager to hearyour thoughts. Best of all, you’ll see your friends and neighbors on stage performing or sitting next to you, sharing in the communal experience of live local theater. Whether you’re a past audience member or joining us for the first time, Attic Chamber Theatre welcomes you. We’re thrilled that you will be joining us in 2017.
- Berray Billington
“It’s the little things you do together, do together, do together, that make perfect relationships!” –Stephen Sondheim
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.
What is a Chamber Theatre??
A chamber theatre is by definition a theatre company that presents smaller intimate shows in a black-box style performance space like the Baehman Theatre. Chamber theatres use a revisionist approach to traditional proscenium productions by keeping sets simple making the production more intimate. Instead of building multiple sets, furniture, props, lights and costumes create the scene. Chamber theatre does not require all small cast shows. Many black -box theatres do musical scale productions but instead of a full orchestra, a 3-5-piece combo is used. The concept can be cost saving.
A realistic future for Attic theatre is revising and rebranding to embrace the chamber approach to theatrical production. Attic Theatre will become Attic Chamber Theatre or ACT allowing us to offer our audiences the history, quality and experience of past seasons and a future filled with promise, excitement, and innovation. We will be able to fulfill our mission statement of creating excellent theatre and offer our audiences a new experience here in the Fox Valley area.
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BOX OFFICE AND PERFORMANCES
UW-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, 1478 Midway RD, Menasha, WI
4 WAYS TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
CALL: Attic Theatre Box Office - 920-734-7887
- June 1-3 from 1 to 7 pm
- From June 7 - July 30:
- Tuesdays thru Fridays from 1 to 7 pm
- Saturday show dates from 6 to 7 pm
- Sunday show dates from 1 to 2 pm
- Closed July 3-11
The box office is located at the UW Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, 1478 Midway RD, Menasha, WI.
ONLINE: General public sales start April 10. Vendini processing charges will apply to online orders
NOTE: Student tickets are $10 with ID. Select "student ticket" from the dropdown menu. We offer a 10 per cent group discount for sales of 10 or more tickets per performance.