Fast-paced Comedy Coming to Abrams Stage

From left, Mike Eserkaln, Preston Pelegrin, Elizabeth Jolly, and Bobby Buffington rehearse for the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. musical comedy, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Tickets are on sale now at Abramstheater.com.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. invites the community to its fast-paced comedy, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Tickets are on sale now for this PG-13 show to be presented Sept. 16-19 and Sept. 23-26 at the Nancy Byng Community Theater in Abrams. The show, directed by Wayne Strei, is one of the few musical farces in Broadway history.

“Perhaps the most recent show in that category is ‘The Producers’. Both are fast-paced, irreverent and bawdy,” Strei said. “The comedy is straight out of vaudeville and certainly not politically correct! It’s a very entertaining evening in the theatre.”

The show features local actors from their teens to their 60s.

“Everyone gets a few chances to strut their stuff. I am thrilled that at every rehearsal someone else gets a new laugh or a different response to their line that sets us off on a new adventure on stage,” Strei said.

The music and lyrics were written by a young Stephen Sondheim, and the script was written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Gelbart wrote many of the television scripts for MAS*H.

Opening night of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is Thursday, Sept. 16, with a 7 p.m. show and celebratory gala. The audience is invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks with the cast and crew after the performance.
Additional performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18 and 24-25 and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 and 26. All shows will be performed at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.
Tickets can be purchased online at AbramsTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 920-826-5852.
“If you are looking for a joyful and colorful evening in the theatre, this could be just what the doctor ordered – if your doctor is one of The Three Stooges,” Strei said.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and produced by After Dark Productions, a division of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. Some material might be unsuitable for children.

Abrams Theater to hold auditions for Mark Twain Show

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold virtual auditions for its summer play, “Mark Twain’s the Diaries of Adam and Eve.” Adults and teens 16 and older are encouraged to audition. The play calls for a variety of roles, both male and female. Newcomers are encouraged to audition. No previous experience is necessary.

The play is a light-hearted look at the world’s first love story through the eyes of America’s great humorist, Mark Twain. Throughout the play, the Garden of Eden bursts with wit, laughter, and the lyric poignance of the first love and the first loss.

The show is scheduled to be presented June 19-21 and 26-28 at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

Anyone interested in auditioning should email theater.aspi@gmail.com or call 920-826-5852. Individuals will be asked to record themselves reading from the script and send the recording to ASPI electronically. ASPI will provide the reading. Submissions are due by 8 p.m. Friday, March 27.

Anyone interested in helping out behind the scenes should call 920-826-5852 to volunteer.

First produced for “American Playhouse,” on PBS, “Mark Twain’s the Diaries of Adam and Eve” is a uniquely American theater piece. The show has been produced well over 200 times in both extended runs and touring engagements at regional theaters, university theaters, and performing arts centers across the country.

OFHS Choir Students Selected to WCDA All-State Choir

L to R: Connor Romandine, Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Cedar Olson, and Keith Van Dornick

Oconto Falls High School Choirs were proud to have five students selected to perform as part of the WCDA All-State Choirs in January, 2020. Approximately 100 -120 singers from the state were selected for each of the choirs, which represented outstanding choral students from throughout the state. A final All-State Choir performance was held at Lawrence University in Appleton.

Representing the All-State Bass Clef Choir were Connor Romandine, son on Ron and Carrie Romandine, and Keith Van Dornick, son of Wendy and James Van Dornick, Jr. Autumn Canavera, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Canavera, Cedar Olson, daughter of Scott Olson, and Isabella Rennie, daughter of Chad and Heather Rennie, were selected for the All-State Treble Clef Choir. Students were nominated by their high school choral director, Miss Amy Thiel.

The conductor of the All-State Bass Clef Choir was Dr. Anthony Trecek-King, President and Artistic Director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Choir. The 108-voice men’s ensemble representing 38 high schools choral music programs in Wisconsin performed Ho Boys Cancha Lin’em, Song of the Blacksmith, Arrow, The Warrior, Sit Down Servant, and Hard Times Comes Again No More.

The conductor of the All-State Treble Clef Choir was Professor Giselle Wyers of the University of Washington, where she conducts the University Chorale. The 119-voice women’s ensemble representing 46 high school choral music programs in Wisconsin performed Vidi Aquam, Flower Duet, In Freezing Winter Night, Nada te Turbe, Woodsmoke and Oranges, and Barso.

The All-State Choir program is one of four signature programs offered by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association that promotes its mission to foster musical excellence through education, collaboration, and inspiration.

Abrams Theatre Postpones “My Fair Lady”

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. has postponed the upcoming musical “My Fair Lady.” Future show dates are currently being reviewed.
The suspension is in support of the well-being of the theater-going public as well as those who work on the production, subject to ongoing assessment by county and state health authorities. ASPI takes the health and safety of our patrons, staff and community seriously and urge everyone to follow the guidelines set forth by public health officials.
ASPI customers with tickets to the show will be contacted via phone or email with further information.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present the award-winning Broadway musical, “My Fair Lady,” March 20-22 and 27-29. Originally produced in 1956, “My Fair Lady” depicts the transformation of Eliza Doolittle under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins. Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s most popular musical collaboration earned nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Director Tim Rutten- Kempees described “My Fair Lady” as a classic Broadway show known for its songs, including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “The Rain in Spain.”

“There’s so much to enjoy about this show, but in particular will be the music and dancing,” Rutten- Kempees said. “I look forward to the audience leaving after curtain call humming their favorite tune from the show.”

Bobby Buffington, Justin Norman, Abby Frank rehearse a scene from the musical “My Fair Lady,” to be presented by Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. March 20-22 and 27-29.

The cast of “My Fair Lady” represents a mix of ages from 10 to 60-plus and features newcomers and returning veterans with a diverse range of experience. Portraying the lead roles of Eliza and Professor Henry Higgins are Abby Frank and Bobby Buffington.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21, 27 and 28, and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and 28, and Sunday, March 22 and 29, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. The audience is invited to an opening night gala after the March 20 performance. The gala features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments with the cast and crew.

Tickets are available at AbramsTheater.com or by calling the box office, 920-826-5852.

The show is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Charles Van Sickle Scholarship

Oconto Electric Cooperative invites students to apply for the 2020 Charles Van Sickle Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a pre-law or law student who has an interest in cooperative law. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment established in 2013 to honor Wisconsin’s renowned electric cooperative lobbyist and attorney, the late Charles Van Sickle. The scholarship will be awarded during the Spring 2020 semester. Contact OEC for an application.

Military Night At OFHS

The OFHS Military Night Committee is excited to announce the local honorees for their 1st Annual Military Night, being held Friday, January 24th, 2020.

Please come out and support our team’s efforts in showing appreciation for all our veterans and active military.

Leslie Butch Vorpahl, U.S. Navy, Robert Thomson, U.S. Air Force, Robert Maloney, U.S. Navy, and Ron Christensen, U.S. Marine Corps, and all veterans.

Oconto Falls Boys Basketball Team

4:30 p.m. Spaghetti dinner at Oconto Falls High School

5:45 JV Basketball game

6:45 Military Night Ceremony, hosted by John Maino

7:50 Varsity game

OFHS Vocal Jazz shares the spirit of the holidays!

Pictured:
Row 1 -Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Haley Schwantes, Khloe Van Dornick
Row 2 -Emma Bliskey, Cedar Olsen, Santa, Lyndsey Luebke, Carina Wirtley
Row 3 – Connor Romandine, Alex Waschbisch, Hunter Schaden, Keith Van Dornick, Simon Pumplun, Aidan Spillane

The Oconto Falls High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with Director Amy Thiel, shared the spirit of the holidays throughout Northeast Wisconsin on December 12 as they performed festive music. Performances included Aurora BayCare in Green Bay, BayPark Square in Green Bay, and Meadowlands in Oconto Falls, as well as HSHS St. Clare Hospital, Witt’s Piggly Wiggly, United True Value, Burger King, Peterson Ford, and City Hall in Oconto Falls. OFHS graduate Eva Finke was the accompanist for the performances. Selections included holiday favorites Angels We Have Heard On High, Silent Night, Caroling Caroling, An Evening In December, and We Wish You a Merry Madrigal!

‘My Fair Lady’ auditions set for Dec. 16-17

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions Dec. 16-17 for its spring musical, “My Fair Lady,” to be presented March 20- 22 and 27-29. The musical calls for various roles, both male and female, 10 years and older.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1956, “My Fair Lady” is Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s most popular musical collaboration, earning nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show depicts the transformation of “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle, under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins. “My Fair Lady” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Individuals will have two opportunities to audition: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, or 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Callbacks are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Individuals who audition should come prepared to sing a short selection of a song not from “My Fair Lady.” They can sing acapella or bring a CD or phone to play music. The auditions will also include a reading from the script and a group choreography number. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

For more information, visit AbramsSpotlightProductions.com or contact ASPI at 920-826-5852 or theater.aspi@gmail.com.

Love Lights Honor Loved Ones During Christmas Season

The Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invite the community to participate in Love Lights, an annual Christmas fundraiser.

With Love Lights, people can honor a loved one, a business or organization by having their name placed next to a lit Christmas tree that is on display at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital throughout the holiday season.

Proceeds from Love Lights will benefit various health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, which is part of a not-for-profit, Catholic-based health care system. Order forms can be found in the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Welcome Center. They can be returned in-person, or mailed to:

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Attn: Amber Just, Volunteer Services
855 S. Main St.
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

A blessing of the Love Lights tree will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls, with a social to follow.

OFHS Choirs Present Home for the Holidays XII on December 7

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs will be presenting HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS XII on Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center.  Pre-concert music will begin at 6:10 p.m. in the Commons Area.  The concert will feature the Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Chorale, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

This year’s performances will include many holiday classics, including Angels We Have Heard On High, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, and the First Nowell.  The four choirs -Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Concert Choir and Chorale – will also join their voices to sing a collection of Alfred Burt carols, including Caroling, Caroling, All on A Christmas Morning, The Star Carol, and We’ll Dress The House.  The concert will also showcase the talents of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing Fum, Fum, Fum, A Very Merry Madrigal, and An Evening in December.  Many children’s favorites will be featured at this performance, including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and We Are Santa’s Elves. The concert will conclude with the traditional Candlelight Processional— O Holy Night, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, and Joy to the World.  Community members and alumni will again be asked to join the OFHS Choirs for the finale selection Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah

The concert is free and everyone is encouraged to attend this wonderful evening of holiday music!