BY JOSPEH FERLO
Spring has sprung and April is a very busy and fun month in the Valley theatre scene. Get out your calendars, though, because it will take some careful planning, and yet, you can see any and all of these tremendous offerings!
Local performers, both experienced and less-experienced, take to two different stages in mid-month for two popular events: DREAM ROLE and OSHKOSH ON BROADWAY.
Back for a third year, UWFox presents DREAM ROLE 3- STAGE AND SCREEN, featuring 90 minutes of show stopping hits from Cinema and Broadway. Where OSHKOSH ON BROADWAY uses “civilians” along with a few experienced performers as the centerpiece of the performance troupe, DREAM ROLE brings together an entire roster of some of the area’s more seasoned performers singing their favorite songs. Performances are April 10-12 at the Baehman Theatre.
OSHKOSH ON BROADWAY presents its “Anniversary Show” at the Grand Opera House on April 12. Long before people were “dancing with the stars,” Oshkosh celebrities were taking to the stage for this unique song-and-dance fundraiser which benefits The Grand’s educational and free community programming. Pre-show dinner option at The Waters is also available.
And if there wasn’t enough happening on that big weekend, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns to Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center on April 11-13. Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide.
And the month closes with two very different productions: a classic drama, and a contemporary comedy.
The UW Oshkosh Theatre Department presents the classic Greek tragedy ANTIGONE, Sophocles’ tale which conveys the struggle between one woman’s ethics and the laws of the state. Performances are April 23-27 at the Frederic March Theatre.
What happens when you hire three couples to house sit for what they think is a cat, but come to find out it’s a young man? Oshkosh Playin’ Round’s production of THE TROUBLE WITH CATS will give you the hilarious answer. Performances are April 25-27 at the Oshkosh Masonic Center.
Plan carefully. You can do it. See them all!
See you at the theatre! ν
Joseph Ferlo is Director of The Grand Opera House in Downtown Oshkosh, and a 30-year theatre veteran as director and performer. Send your theatre “tips” and show information directly to Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.