Issue #369 October 17, 2018

The First Rule of Fright Club ...

wrestling + comedy = Halloweekend madness

Broc Seigneurie

At first glance, the worlds of stand-up comedy and professional wrestling may not appear to have much in common. Comedy gives the audience sharp wit and observation, while wrestling is built on theatrics and physical skill. But what both art forms do offer is unfettered entertainment ...

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Issue #369 October 17, 2018

Return to Laramie

UWEC stages documentary-style play about Matthew Shephard’s murder

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Matthew Shephard has been a martyr for almost as long as he was a living person. Shephard, a 21-year-old college student, was viciously beaten, robbed, and left to die tied to a fence outside Laramie ...

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Issue #367 September 19, 2018

New Home, Fun Home

CVTG first to tread Jamf stage with Fun Home

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Picking a familiar show may have been an easy win at the box office for the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, according to director Keith Lorasch, but the theatrical group’s selection committee had something else in mind for its debut performance at the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

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Issue #366 September 5, 2018

Three Cheers for 30 Years

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre hosts anniversary open house

Lauren Fisher, photos by Luong Huynh

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre has been a staple of the Chippewa Valley arts community for three decades, and they’re throwing a party to celebrate that achievement. On Saturday, Sept. 15 ...

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Issue #365 August 22, 2018

Stepping on the Stage

New Mabel Tainter director is already in love

Tom Giffey, photos by Timothy Mather

After eight weeks on the job, Jeff McSweeney is still in awe of his new workplace. Considering that workplace is the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie – a historically designated, internationally recognized gem – the feeling might not change anytime soon ...

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Issue #362 July 11, 2018

A Play of Many Colors

EC Children’s Theatre produces rock ’n’ roll Bible-based musical

Marie Anthony

The pages were frail and, with every turn, carried the comforting scent of grandma and grandpa’s home. Snuggled together, in a twin bed, two small girls lost themselves – not in dreams of the night – but in the story ...

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Issue #361 June 27, 2018

A State Fair Farewell

CVTG stages its last production at historic State Theatre

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The final Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild performance at the State Theatre – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair – will debut June 28 and run through July 1. There are more than 50 people working on this production ...

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