The McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center in Wautoma is celebrating their 2013-14 season with eight nationally touring acts in their main stage series along with educational outreach and programming for area schools. The season offers a wide variety of entertainment for almost every taste and interest. Special box office hours are scheduled for weekdays September 3rd thru September 13th from 10 AM to 2 PM for anyone desiring preferred show seating.
The season will be launched on Saturday, October 19th with the comedy of The Wonder Bread Years at 2:00 PM. A salute to the Baby Boomer Generation, The Wonder Bread Years starring comedian and former “Seinfeld” writer Pat Hazell, is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves them laughing and savoring the past like never before. A comic bulls-eye! A special “Moostoberfest” German food, beverage, and music package is available after the show. The show is sponsored by Moose Inn, Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, WDUX Radio, Lund’s Northwoods Auto, and Wautoma Lions Club.
On Sunday, November 17th the world famous Vienna Boys Choir will perform a special 3:00 PM concert. No group of child musicians has won more renown than the incomparable Wiener Sangerknaben, founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498. Six centuries later, the famed Vienna Boys Choir continue to delight music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant. Gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty, they carry on the Vienna Boys Choir’s illustrious tradition as the world’s preeminent boy choir. Dinner packages at Silvercryst and Moose Inn will be available after the show. Concert sponsors include Holts Fine Jewelry, Wautoma Rotary Club, The Bob Frederick Memorial, Dick Rathjen, Olsen’s Mill, and Wautoma Kiwanis Club.
A Hometown Christmas will return to celebrate the holiday season with local talent on December 7th at 7:00 pm. The production has sold out the last six seasons. This year’s talent line-up will be announced in November. The Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a “Christmas Treats Reception” after the show. The program is sponsored by Waushara Dental Associates, The Waushara Argus, Cooperative Care, Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, and Brian & Patrick Getchius at Thrivent Financial.
Moose Inn, BMO Harris Bank, Bug Tussel Wireless, Mayville Engineering Company, Collision Clinic, River City Antiques, and Tom Cotter & Lynda Parman at American Family insurance will be presenting rising stars The Annie Moses Band on Saturday, January 18th at 7:00 pm. This is the incredible group whose Grand Ole Opry debut last fall generated a standing ovation and encore. The Annie Moses Band is made up of six siblings with their parents Bill and Robin spearheading the lyrics and arrangements, creating a blend of captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a taste of Celtic. The group consists of highly trained musicians with most of them having graduated from the prestigious Juilliard. Their PBS specials and tour dates testify to the talent of this group of fast rising stars. With everything from gospel to country to jazz this high energy family will have you leaping out of your seat. A Moose Inn dinner package is available before the show.
Imagine Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Bette Midler all together on one stage – three magnificent solo artists combining forces to blow the roof off the theatre. That, in a nutshell, is the experience of Divapalooza in concert at the PAC on February 15th at 7:00 PM.. With an incredible back-up band the ladies in this trio have each garnered well deserved comparisons to their more famous counterparts. Janelle Lauer tears it up as the explosive rhythm & blues powerhouse; Jane Pini is the embodiment of true 69’s rock & roll acid queen; Lynne Rothrock hits the perfect balance between elegant, beautiful vocals and saucy, hilarious stage banter. The show is presented by WAUH Radio, Silvercryst Supper Club, Dogger’s Bar & Lanes, Stevens Accounting LLC, M.P.B. Builders, and Pioneer Floral & Greenhouse. A special dinner package in cooperation with Silvercryst Supper Club will be an option for patrons before the show.
On March 15th at 7:00 PM the audience will be treated to a special salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber entitled Angel of Music. Broadway stars Glory Crampton and Franc D’Ambrosio deliver a remarkable evening of music saluting the master, Andrew Lloyd Weber. Broadway leading lady Glory Crampton has an exquisite soprano voice and is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in productions of Phantom, My Fair Lady, Nine, Camelot, Carouse, and The Fantasticks. Franc D’Ambrosio has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as only a handful of Phantom alumni to successfully crossover to solo careers. Franc held the title “World’s Longest Running Phantom” for nearly a decade and starred as “Anthony Corleone” in The Godfather III. Franc and Glory will also be conducting a Master Class for area vocal students earlier in the week. The concert and Master Class are sponsored by Dick Rathjen, Culver’s Restaurant, Heid Music, The Alliant Energy Foundation, Moose Inn, and Gary Christensen at State Farm Insurance. A Moose Inn dinner package is offered before the performance.
Join us for an incredible evening of blues when The Siegel – Schwall Band takes the stage on April 12th at 7:00 PM. Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall reunite on a limited engagement 50th Anniversary tour which also features blues legends drummer Sam Lay and bassist Rollo Radford. Along with the first-wave British Invasion bands like The Rolling Stones, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and stateside groups like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Siegel-Schwall were instrumental in The Great Blues Revival of the 1960’s. “The word ‘Legendary’ gets thrown around a lot these days, but it seems appropriate to apply to The Siegel-Schwall Band” – Triple Door, Seattle
Show sponsors include Silvercryst Supper Club, Weekly Timber & Pulp, Antique Liquor, ACE Hardware, BMO Harris Bank, and Blackhawk Folk Society. A Silvercryst dining package is available before the concert.
The 2013-14 season main stage finale will feature The Bottom Line Duo on May 10th at 7:00 PM. The Bottom Line Duo is a husband and wife team that will forever change how you think about the cello and double bass. Classically trained virtuoso technique is paired with a stage presence of joy and humor that takes you on a journey that transcends music – think YoYo Ma meets The Smothers Brothers. Straight from performances at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center to your McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center, this dynamic duo treats you to everything from Baroque to Ozzy Osbourne. There is great music & laughs to be had! The duo will also be doing workshops during the week at 8 area schools as part of the PAC’s educational outreach program. The production and educational outreach are being made possible by Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative and a pending grant from The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.
In addition to the regular season programs, the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center will also be offering a series of School Programming performances which will bring national touring companies musical versions of classic children’s books to Wautoma for performances of The Velveteen Rabbit in October and Charlotte’s Web in March. Over 1600 students from 8-10 area school districts will have an opportunity to enjoy the curriculum related performances.
2013-14 programming will conclude with the summer Children’s Theatre offering of Pinocchio. The production, in cooperation with Prairie Fire Theatre, will feature over 50 area youth rehearsing the week of June 16th, with performances June 20th and 21st.
Special season ticket rates are available through October 19th. Patrons can purchase reserved seats for all eight main stage shows for only $190, a savings of $47, or they create their own custom package of any “Four or More” shows and receive a 10% discount.
Season and individual show tickets are available at the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center located at 514 S. Cambridge St., Wautoma. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. two weeks prior to each show and from September 3 thru 13, or tickets may be ordered at any time by phone at (920) 787-2189, or toll-free at (888) 987-2189. Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted. Group and student discounts are available. For more information visit www.mccombbruchspac.com. or the PAC’s Facebook page.