Welcome to ACT!! (Attic Chamber Theatre)
We’re awfully lucky to live here! The Fox Cities has a variety of entertainment and cultural options! Those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts. It has a positive impact on youth, seniors, area businesses, and most importantly on the community at large. A vibrant arts presence in a community brings other benefits as well. It can bring in tourism – and help to BUILD the community’s reputation as a “destination”.
The Attic Theatre board was looking to change the experience when attending a production. With 13 competing theatre groups how could we establish our niche? After the critical success and audience reactions to our productions of The Lion in Winter, Becky's New Car and Other Desert Cities, the board decided to embrace the chamber theatre model. Chamber theatre refers to a theatre company that presents smaller shows in a black box performance space. Keeping sets simple and making the production more theatrical and intimate. Chamber theatre forces the actors and audiences to focus on the story and performances rather than the spectacle. If you attended last season you probably noticed some of the changes we have implemented. If you were unable to attend last year these are some of the things you can look forward to experiencing:
1. We continued our relationship with UW-Fox Valley but moved our performances exclusively into the Lucia Baehman theatre, No seat is more than 30 feet from the stage which allows our audience to be closer to the action.
2. In the lobby, we introduced adult refreshments and hopefully created an exciting adult evening of theatre. Come early this year to enjoy a glass of wine or beer. Opening nights will feature live music in the lobby prior to the show and the Alyward Gallery features local and national art exhibitions.
3. We continue to find the newest and most exciting shows which engage and challenge us and our audiences. Always looking for great sotires to tell.
4. We continued to showcase the masters of musical theatre with our Music in the Attic concert series. This year we honored the Gershwin Brothers. Next year we will showcase Rodgers and Hart!
5. We rolled out the Attic Theatre play reading club in conjunction with local libraries. This year’s selection will be The Pulitzer prize finalist Bus Stop by William Inge.
6. Though the actors typically don’t need to wear microphones in the Baehman theatre, Attic Chamber Theatre will use microphones so that the hearing impaired can use the amplifiers provided in the box office.
7. We have redesigned our logo to reflect our commitment to Chamber theatre and our desire to present a new direction for Attic.
As we look toward our 68th season of sharing award-winning plays, meeting new challenges, and exploring new artistic possibilities, we need your financial support to keep our journey moving forward. Since ticket revenue covers only half of our annual expenses, your gift is essential. Please click on the support Attic Tab for information on giving levels and benefits.
We hope you will join us on our journey and find a "destination" of your own this season
– Berray Billington, President
“I’ve got to mention the Attic Theatre performance of Other Desert Cities we attended last week…It was the best community theatre production that we've ever attended!”
– Robert Sigman, President Fox Valley Symphony
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.