The Last Five Years

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts presents THE LAST FIVE YEARS, an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

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The Infinity Monologues

On Thursday, May 15 a play of interwoven monologues written by Jack Bushnell and performed by the BareBones Theatre Ensemble took place at The Local Store. In this exploration of mind and body, the characters—Amelia Earhart, Stephen Hawking, and Lawr

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NOTA Spring Release Party

NOTA is UWEC's free literary arts publication as well as a semesterly digital music compilation featuring the creative works of UWEC students. On May 8, NOTA's contributors joined local band Reverie and Heart of the Heart to celebrate ...

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Danceworks 2014

Under the direction of Julie Fox, assistant professor of dance, this production featured the department's premier performing group, The Ensemble. With explosive and evocative dancing and content, this annual event is an opportunity to explore the ric

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2014 Shakespeare Festival

On Thursday, April 24 students from all three ECASD middle schools came together to participate in the 2014 Shakespeare Festival, hosted at Memorial High School this year. More than 200 6th, 7th and 8th grade students performed scenes from Macbeth, K

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. Performance

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The Foreigner

On Friday, March 14 The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presented the hilarious comedy, The Foreigner. Full of laughs, suspense and romance. Shy Englishman Charlie Baker finds himself in a rural Georgia fishing lodge where everyone believes he doesn't

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A Christmas Story

Presented by the Menomonie Theater Guild, A Christmas Story took place at the Mabel Tainter in December. Based on the 1983 movie, humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest

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Winter Wonderettes

Presented by CVTG, this story takes you to the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party in 1968 where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent a

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The Diary of Anne Frank

Winner of the Pulitzer for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, The Diary of Anne Frank is a compelling dramatization of Anne Frank’s experiences as a young Jewish girl hiding with her family from the Nazis for two years before being sent to a concent

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Les Miserables

On Saturday, October 26 ECCT was proud to present this Broadway blockbuster at the State Theater. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Miserables packs an emotional wallop with it's powerful affirmation of the human spirit.

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Bubbleology at the Library

On Wednesday, October 23 nationally recognized bubble artist, Geoff Akins, amazed and entertained kids (and adults) at a show designed for preschooler and older at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

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Pinkalicious

This delightful musical is based on the popular children’s book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. Despite warnings from her parents, Pinkalicious just can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. Her indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an

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The Importance Of Being Earnest

Constrained by the strict conventions of Victorian England, Jack and Algernon both maintain false identities in order to escape their burdensome social obligations. Chock-full of witty dialog and farcical situations, this play is Oscar Wilde at his satirical best.

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Avenue Q

Avenue Q won the Tony for Best Musical and is hilarious, full of heart, and hummable tunes. It tells the story of Princeton, a bright college grad who comes to NYC with big dreams and a small bank account. The show features a cast of people and puppe

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Our Town

The Menomonie Theater Guild presents this play about family, friendship, love, and life in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Performances will take place the weekend of Friday, May 3 through May 5 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the

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The Big River Radio Wave

The Big River Radio Wave is an hour-long variety show with performers, themes and topics native to the rural upper Midwest area in which the show is performed, but easily accessible to a wider audience. This performance ...

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A Midsummer Night's Steampunk Dream

On Thursday, April 18 the opening night of Shakespeare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream 'twas staged at the Riverside Theater in the Haas Fine Arts Building. The the Steampunk re-imagined show, directed by F. Reed Brown, runs through...

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Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus is an operetta by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. Set in Vienna at Prince Orlofsky's ball, party-goers frolic through a series of mistaken identities, ridiculous trysts, and madcap deceits. This production is directed by Mitra Sad

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They're Playing Our Song

Based on the story of the real-life relationship of Marvin Hamlisch (who wrote the music) and Carole Bayer Sager (who wrote the lyrics), a wise-cracking composer finds a new, offbeat lyricist, but the match isn’t necessarily made in heaven. Written by Neil Simon. This performance took place on Thursday, February 14 at the Grand Theater.

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The Secret Garden

Orphaned in India, 11 year old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magical garden, which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dream

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Buckets & Tap Shoes

Founded in 2004 by brothers Rick and Andy Ausland, Minneapolis-based "Buckets and Tap Shoes" is an explosive, high-energy rhythmic journey. The multi-talented performers have astounded world-wide audiences with their dancing, and create music ...

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Cabaret XXXV: School Day

On Thursday, January 17 Cabaret XXXV opened at the Davies Ballroom. The show features student performers from ensembles in the music and theatre arts department as well as various small acts and solo performers, including The Singing Statesmen, Wom

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King Arthur @The State Theatre

King Arthur has drawn the famed sword, Excalibur, from the mystical lake of Avalon. He now wields the mighty weapon in the retaking of his homeland from the Saxons. Plagued by the evil Morgana le Fay, warned by the Lady of the Lake, Nimue, and guide

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Eau Claire Improv Fest Friday: Memorial High School

On Friday, November 30 The Eau Claire Improv Fest started out the weekend at Memorial High School. The festival features a variety of local and touring improv comedy performances at several venues in Eau Claire. Groups performing include: Memorial High School Alumni Team, Titanic, Fresh Concepts, Chaos Lifeguard, and Funny, Son of Story.

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{proof}

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, {Proof} combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned story-telling. A troubled young woman must deal with the death of her brilliant but unstable father, a famous ...

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Clue: The Musical

This interactive show brings the world's best known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery. Audience members received game cards to play along with the show, with 216 possible endings. This performance took place on Thurs

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Ramona Quimby

On Saturday, October 13 the Eau Claire Children's Theatre presented "Ramona Quimby" at the Oxford. This is a stage play based on Beverly Cleary's beloved books. Beezus introduces her younger sister, Ramona, a 3rd grader known for getting into trouble and making a fuss when things don't go her way.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Millie is a young bride living in 1850s Oregon whose plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. This Eau Claire Children

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Jawaahir Middle Eastern Dance

Jawaahir (juh-WAH-heer), meaning jewels in Arabic, is the only professional Middle Eastern dance company in the Midwest. Since its founding in 1989 by Artistic Director Cassandra Shore, Jawaahir has grown to 17 members and has performed throughout...

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Nunset Boulevard

The Little Sisters of Hoboken have been invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl. They’re thrilled at the prospect until they arrive and realize that they are booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama, a bowling alley and lounge and not the famous ...

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UWEC's Madrigal Dinner 2011

On Friday and Saturday (Dec. 2 and 3), UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir members threw on some Renaissance period costumes the perform music from the madrigal tradition as well as songs of the holiday season, whilst patrons feasted in the Davies Center.

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A Very Rudyful Christmas

The entire Poznarski clan is set to get together for the holidays. Rudy is determined to have a “back to the basics” Christmas so he books a rustic lodge in the middle of nowhere. With a little holiday magic, Rudy’s mom and estranged dad make an appe

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Footloose 2011 (ECCT)

The Eau Claire Children's Theater's production of Footloose: The Musical ran October 21-23 at the State Theatre, proving that oppressive small towns that ban dancing are no match for Ren McCormack and a school full of teenagers begging to cut a rug.

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The Producers

On Friday, May 6 Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud musical, The Producers, was performed by the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild at the State Theater. A scheming producer and his mousy accountant discover that under the right circumstances they can make more

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Pinkalicious

In this utterly delightful new musical, Pinkalicious just can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. Her indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe. When her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicio

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DanceWorks 2011

UW-Eau Claire's annual DanceWorks production was staged March 31–April 2 in Kjer Theatre. Held every Spring, DanceWorks has students preforming routines celebrating ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and ethnic dances. This year's production included ...

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Hunter Gatherers

On Friday, February 25, the BareBones Ensemble Theatre performed "Hunter Gatherers" at the Grand Little Theater. "Hunter Gatherers" is a dark satirical comedy written by San Francisco-based playwright Peter Nachtrieb, who dares the audience to face t

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The Sound of Music

Presented by the Menomonie Theatre Guild, in the world's most beloved musical, a postulant is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of

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CVTG's White Christmas

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild's production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas ran Dec. 16-19 at The State Theatre. There was dancing, romance, laughter, and some of the greatest Christmas songs ever written.

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Hairspray

In the 1960s Baltimore, the 50s are out and change is in the air. When plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on the local TV dance program, she becomes an overnight sensation. Can she vanquish the program's reining princess, integrate the TV…

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