supported by both the university and local community theater groups. The two major community groups in town are the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild and the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre. Both produce shows at their own venues as well as at the Pablo Center at the Confluence downtown. Interested in participating? Keep an eye out for auditions!
Recent productions: Legally Blonde: The Musical, Godspell, Barefoot in the Park.
Recent productions: Rent, Grease, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Eau Claire is home to an awesome independent standup comedy scene, much of it catalyzed by a Clear Water Comedy, a collective of local comics. Much of their activity has centered on The Plus on South Barstow Street, which hosted a Tuesday night open mic and a Thursday night comedy showcase.
And while The Plus has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic, the Clear Water gang has recently begun to promote shows and perform at other venues, including The Grand Theatre. With The Plus promising to reopen eventually, it seems local comedians will be giving us something to laugh about in 2021 and beyond.
Eau Claire Downtown Cinema shows movies a little after everyone else in town, but at a budget price. Use those savings to buy a pizza or something else from their menu!
UW-Eau Claire hosts an outdoor free movie series all summer long on the lawn by Haas Fine Arts, featuring new and old films.