Issue #345 Nov. 15, 2017

Orphan's Final Curtain

ECCT to perform Annie for last time at State Theatre

by Lauren Fisher

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is bringing the family classic Annie to the State Theatre for the last time on that historic stage. “It’s a feel-good musical with a positive message and has all the elements ...

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

Oh, the Horror (Show)

ECCT encourages participation at Rocky Horror show

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When I say “Rocky,” you say “Horror!” Don your best fishnets, squeeze into some gold booty shorts, and break out those binding bustiers to embrace your inner “Sweet Transvestite.” The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is producing a campy classic, The Rocky Horror Show, which opens Oct. 19 ...

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Issue #341 Sept. 20, 2017

All About Eau Claire

actress will create impromptu, one-woman local show

Emily Kinzel

Comedy is taking over UW-Eau Claire as actress, author, and storyteller Lauren Weedman crosses our city limits. As part of the university’s annual Artists Series, Schofield Hall welcomes Weedman ...

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Issue #341 Sept. 20, 2017

Hard-Earned Laughs

the great Sean Patton returns to Eau Claire for more

Eric Christenson

One of the funniest working comedians in the country is returning to Eau Claire for yet another night of world-class storytelling and gut-busting jokes. Since he toured through the city in 2015, Sean Patton liked what he found ...

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Issue #341 Sept. 20, 2017

The Write Life

married playwrights Jim and Jane Jeffries stage new script based on novel

Tom Giffey

What’s the secret to a happy, successful marriage? Eau Claire playwrights Jim and Jane Jeffries know, but they’re not telling – at least not quite yet. To learn the answer – or at least one of the answers – you’ll have to see the married duo’s latest theatrical creation ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Dance Fest Looks to Future

inaugural event brings modern dance downtown

Emily Gokey

The local arts scene around the Chippewa Valley is the lifeblood of what makes our Midwest home stand out among others. Without a doubt, Eau Claire’s explosion of art and culture is a beautiful novelty of the area ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

The Wonders of Wissota

honoring Lake Wissota’s centennial with a musical

Max Martinson

With the 100 year anniversary of the creation of Lake Wissota comes a play honoring the amazing feat that took place a century ago. Jerry Way, the man behind the production of “Wissota in the Making” ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Starr Search

EC native Hannah Starr has found herself through comedy

Marie Anthony

It was the year my sister and I learned to love liver, and Flintstones Push-Up Pops became more precious to us than two dollars left under our pillows by the Tooth Fairy. I remember that year; not because we lacked simple novelties ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Maintaining Mabel

beloved Menomonie arts center starts season, raises funds for roof

Marie Anthony, photos by Leah Dunbar

It was the kind of week that left me feeling like I was 6 years old watching my lost snow cone melt into the crevices of a steamy sidewalk. I so longed for any glimmer of reprieve. It came to me at 4:54 on Thursday afternoon ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Stealing the Stage

UWEC alum returns to produce original comedy in Eau Claire

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Playwright, director, and UW-Eau Claire alum Logan Toftness is bringing her original comedy work back for a new run on the Eau Claire stage. Thieves and Bad, Bad Lies tells the madcap ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

More Than a Trophy

Eau Claire native wins Tony for drama education

Marie Anthony

What did I get myself into? Suddenly, it hit me – like the Long Island Iced Tea that goes down so smoothly you swear you can handle “just one more” – and I was freaking out ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Murder and Mystery in Menomonie

Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap sets trap for theatergoers

Hannah Mumm, photos by Timothy Mather

London’s longest running play is coming to the Chippewa Valley. Beginning April 28, the Menomonie Theater Guild will stage a production of The Mousetrap, a fast-paced thriller based on an Agatha Christie short story ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Raising Visibility

UWEC students’ immersive theater presentation highlights homelessness

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Homelessness isn’t a glamorous subject to create art about, but that isn’t deterring UW-Eau Claire professor Arthur Grothe or the students involved with the UWEC production of Invisible Truth ...

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